Sustainability: United Arab Emirates

September 2021

The United Arab Emirates ranks nearly at the bottom of the Sustainability Index, due to high pollution and low water availability. Furthermore, the United Arab Emirates remains almost totally dependent on food imports, as most of its land is impossible to cultivate. Nevertheless, due to a strong energy pillar and relatively solid coping capacities, the country ranks in the top half of the environmental resilience pillar, and it is working to implement measures to cope with the effects of climate

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Sustainability: United Arab Emirates



New solar power systems are expected to represent the majority of renewable energy capacity by 2025
Despite Paris Agreement calls, the United Arab Emirates is projected to increase its emissions
Threatened aquatic environment forces the United Arab Emirates to take action
Water efficiency to remain high as the country is very technologically advanced
Changes in legislation aim to ensure food supply during emergencies
The average temperature in the United Arab Emirates is predicted to rise by 2.4°C in the next few decades


Chart 1 Environmental Sustainability Index United Arab Emirates Chart 2 Global Sustainability Ranking: United Arab Emirates Chart 3 Energy Ranking: United Arab Emirates Chart 4 Energy Availability Landscape in United Arab Emirates Chart 5 Energy Efficiency, Security and Equity Landscape in United Arab Emirates Chart 6 Pollution Ranking: United Arab Emirates Chart 7 Air Pollution in United Arab Emirates Chart 8 Waste and Water Pollution Landscape in United Arab Emirates Chart 9 Forest and Biodiversity Ranking: United Arab Emirates Chart 10 Forest and Biodiversity Landscape in United Arab Emirates Chart 11 Water Ranking: United Arab Emirates Chart 12 Water Availability, Equity and Security Landscape in United Arab Emirates Chart 13 Water Security and Efficiency Landscape in United Arab Emirates Chart 14 Food and Agriculture Ranking: United Arab Emirates Chart 15 Food and Agriculture Landscape in United Arab Emirates Chart 16 Role of Agriculture in the Economy of United Arab Emirates Chart 17 Environmental Resilience Ranking: United Arab Emirates Chart 18 Environmental Resilience Landscape in United Arab Emirates

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