Last Updated on January 2, 2024 by News Editor
As the global community faces climate change challenges, one area that demands immediate attention is transportation. With soaring emissions contributing to environmental degradation, finding sustainable mobility solutions has become a top priority worldwide. In Dubai, a forward-thinking approach to addressing this issue is taking shape. The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is spearheading an ambitious plan to revolutionize the transportation landscape, paving the way for a net-zero emissions future by 2050.
Dubai RTA is taking extensive measures to combat climate change. In addition to enhancing public transport, the RTA is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint in buildings and waste-management plants. Their ambitious goals include decarbonizing taxis, limousines, and public buses, designing energy-efficient buildings, sourcing renewable energy, and eliminating municipal waste. With these initiatives, the RTA is at the forefront of promoting sustainability and paving the way for a greener future in Dubai.
Reducing Emissions and Saving Billions: RTA’s Sustainable Strategy
With a focus on sustainability, the newly devised RTA strategy presents a holistic and wide-ranging approach. Notably, the implementation of this strategy is anticipated to lead to a significant reduction of 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, resulting in savings of Dh3.3 billion. Primarily centered around enhancing sustainability and curbing carbon dioxide emissions, the strategy aligns seamlessly with RTA’s mission to establish itself as a global leader in seamless and sustainable mobility. By consistently offering innovative roads and transport services that elevate the customer experience to world-class standards, RTA strives to realize its ambitious goals.
Green Public Transportation Targets
The newly unveiled strategy sets forth specific targets to be accomplished in the coming years, focusing on three key areas: green public transportation, sustainable buildings and facilities, and efficient waste management. By 2030, the plan aims to convert 10% of public transport buses into electric and hydrogen models, with gradual increases to reach 100% by 2050. Similarly, it aims to transition a significant portion of taxis, limousines, and school buses to electric and hydrogen vehicles, achieving complete adoption by 2040 and 2050, respectively.
Building Energy Efficiency: Retrofitting and Upgrading Targets
As part of the strategy, Dubai RTA plans to equip its buildings and facilities with solar cell systems. By 2025, 24 structures will be fitted with solar panels, with the aim of extending this initiative to all other buildings after conducting feasibility studies. The objective is to retrofit and upgrade 74% of the buildings by 2030, progressing to 83% by 2035, and ultimately achieving full conversion by 2045. Additionally, upcoming constructions will strive for near-zero energy consumption starting in 2025. RTA also intends to retrofit existing streetlights for 100% energy efficiency, subject to continued implementation on new projects.
Reusing and Recycling Municipal Waste
Waste management initiatives aim to achieve zero municipal waste to landfills by 2030 through comprehensive reuse and recycling programs. Additionally, RTA plans to increase recycled water utilization in its buildings and facilities to 40% by 2050, promoting sustainable resource management practices.