The government of Dubai considers environmental protection to be one of its main tasks.
Therefore, the city’s municipality has set a goal to reduce electricity consumption by 20%, water – by 15%, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20% and waste – by 50%. In 5 years it is planned to reduce the volume of carbon dioxide emissions by 7.3 million tons, which is equivalent to planting 36 million trees.
For Dubai, located in the middle of the desert, such measures to preserve the environment and save resources are not just a trend or the principle of development. It is rather a matter of survival. Natural resources in the UAE are very limited. Especially it concerns fresh water. Desalination of sea water is very expensive. For this reason, the issue of saving and processing fresh water is always topical in the country. There are many parks and green spaces in the city of Dubai. So, one of the most common ways to save water is to collect condensate in the building, which is then used for watering plants on the territory of the building. This simple technology allows to save a lot of money every month.
The development of solar power has also been actively developed in the country. In addition to the need to avoid using hydrocarbon fuels and protect the environment, this trend is also promoted by the climate of the Emirates. The sun is shining at the country almost all the year round and most of the day, and there is very little rain.
The UAE government not only introduces new technologies, but also carries out a number of initiatives that ordinary citizens are able to implement to protect environment. This is an event that will be held on February 4, Dubai’s Car Free Day initiative.
It is expected that more than 60,000 cars in four emirates with three more municipalities will take part in it. Civic bodies in Al Ain, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah will have opportunity to participation in the annual environmental campaign.
The aim of this event is to protect the environment and reduce the carbon footprint at the UAE level.
The idea behind this ninth edition of Car Free Day is to educate the people to use mass transport and reduce the use of cars.
Each vehicle having a full tank fuel of 15 gallons gives off nearly 140kg of carbon dioxide into the air, which reaches about four tonnes annually and this emission contributes towards global warming.
The first initiative was held in 2010. And about 1,000 vehicles took part in it.
Over the years, the number of organisations and individuals participating in the campaign had the greatest growth. It indicates that Government and people of the UAE are not indifferent to the problems of environment.