Dubai Expands Solar Plans But Keeps Faith In Coal

Dubai has expanded its already ambitious solar power plans further, under a new clean energy strategy. But ‘strategic’ coal-fired plants remain.

Dubai has launched its ‘Clean Energy Strategy 2050.’ This envisages the emirate getting 75% of its electricity from “clean” sources (including nuclear) by 2050. “Our goal is to become the city with the smallest carbon footprint in the world by 2050,” Dubai Ruler Shaikh Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktum says.

The new strategy, the unveiling of which corresponds with the ongoing Cop 21 conference on global warming in Paris (see p12), expands the contribution of renewables at key dates. The revised plan now calls for 7% of Dubai’s electricity to come from renewables by 2020, rising to 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. The previous plan went only as far as 2030, when solar was intended to produce 15% of Dubai’s electricity.


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