The Middle East’s Transition To A Sustainable Future
With the rapid adoption of Green Technology in the world, the middle east region is also paving its way towards a sustainable future by encountering unique challenges coming along the way. The consumption of fossil fuels and non-renewable resources has been increased to a greater degree in the middle east because of the growing population and increasing demands. However, they have taken measures to manage the ecological problems.
Saudi Arabia planned and executed a development program focused on renewable energy worth $28 billion in 2019 with a mission to provide loans for renewable energy projects. Though the middle east is facing a myriad of complications and challenges while progressing for a sustainable future, the following are the opportunities that can be encashed to spread sustainability awareness.
The middle east region is trimming down its consumption of non-renewable energy due to increased global warming. To lower their footprint on carbon emission, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and UAE are investing in clean energy to foster sustainable development by up to 30% in the coming years. In Abu Dhabi, Masdar City is going to become the most sustainable eco-city because of its efficient consumption of natural resources. With plenty of natural resources that can be utilized to foster a sustainable future, the Middle East is at the center of a clean energy system.
The middle east’s government and industry specialists are taking a keen interest in establishing sustainable regulations. Earlier this year, the UAE government declared that it is striving to achieve its objective of “building a sustainable nation”. Also in Saudi Arabia, the nation’s Council of Ministers passed a decree requesting all private and public companies to follow the standards regarding air, water, and noise pollution. By imposing sustainability standards, introducing rules and regulations for green housing, and limiting the carbon footprint, the middle east region is developing sustainable projects to foster ecological impact on the environment.
The Middle East government has imposed restrictions on the consumption of non-renewable products and is taking waste minimizing measures to introduce sustainable waste management projects. The government is actively recycling the material to produce new products. Within ten years, the UAE reached zero waste by recycling 70 percent of its waste products. Similarly, most of the companies in the UAE have been committed to achieving sustainability by executing eco-friendly policies and procedures.
Egypt has implemented a system of energy-efficient lighting to mitigate the risk of global heating and climate change. By 2022, Egypt has planned to increase the production of electricity to 20% by consuming renewable resources. It also has indicated to increase the supply of electricity to 42% by 2035 produced through renewable resources, Egypt’s Renewable Energy Report stated. Egypt is also taking proactive measures to reduce plastic consumption in the country by following the initiative of “Enough Plastic Bags”.