The UAE and US governments are building on many years of strong bilateral ties to tackle global climate challenges together. The UAE is proud to host COP28 UAE in 2023 at Dubai Expo City, and welcomes the US’s partnership in the organization of an ambitious and inclusive climate conference.
UAE-US collaboration will not only accelerate efforts to reach climate goals, but will also enhance economic opportunity and diversification, while creating knowledge, skills and jobs.
In the private sector, UAE-US partnerships are driving advances in sustainability and clean energy technology. Additionally, the UAE is working with partners in the US to protect natural environments in both countries and tackle pressing climate issues.
“At a crucial time for climate change, we’re in lock step with our US partners to decrease global emissions and lead a just energy transition.”
– Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
About AIM for Climate:
Together, the UAE and US lead the Agriculture Innovation Mission (AIM) for Climate. AIM for Climate is a growing coalition of 500 partners and 50 nations that have mobilized $13 billion to enhance food security and make farming and food production more environmentally friendly. Climate has a significant impact on how food is grown and produced, and the UAE and US are leading the global effort to meet this challenge. Learn more.
“A special thank you to our partners in the United Arab Emirates, my friend Tom Vilsack and the entire Department of Agriculture… By working together, we can further strengthen global food supplies, boost farmers' incomes, and protect our planet for future generations.”
- In May 2023, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment Mariam Almheiri co-led the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate Summit with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in Washington, DC. The event brought together public and private sector partners to tackle the climate challenge head-on and make agriculture more sustainable, equitable and resilient.
- In March 2023, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and COP28 President-Designate Dr. Sultan Al Jaber met at the White House to discuss opportunities for raising climate ambition and accelerating climate action on the road to COP28. They agreed to maintain regular dialogue on climate investment in order to contribute to a well-managed energy transition that delivers enhanced climate action alongside energy security and affordability.
- In March 2023, Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions and founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, joined with Dr. Al Jaber to announce a new partnership to advance meaningful climate action from cities, businesses, financial institutions, and civil society ahead of COP28.
- In November 2022, the UAE and US launched the UAE-US Partnership for Accelerating Clean Energy (PACE), which will mobilize $100 billion and deploy 100 new gigawatts (GW) of clean energy in the US, UAE and emerging economies around the world by 2035. The initiative represents a shared commitment by two major energy producers to a responsible and ambitious energy transition. In January 2023, UAE and US officials announced that $20 billion will be allocated to fund 15 GW of clean and renewable energy projects in the US before 2035. This first wave of investments under PACE will be financed through $7 billion in cash equity from the private sector that will catalyze $13 billion through US debt financing and other instruments.
- In November 2021, the UAE and US launched the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate), a coalition of over 500 partners, which now includes 50 countries that accelerates innovation and research and development in agriculture and food systems in order to spur low-carbon growth and enhance food security. Learn more about AIM for Climate.
- In 2021, the two countries jointly hosted the first Regional Climate Dialogue in Abu Dhabi, where countries from the GCC and MENA region committed to reducing emissions by 2030 and working collectively to help the region adapt to the serious impacts of climate change and mobilize investment in a new energy economy. To hear more about the progress towards climate action made during the landmark summit, watch this segment from CNN’s Connect the World with Becky Anderson.
- In 2019, UAE company Masdar invested in renewable energy projects in the United States for the first time, acquiring wind farms in New Mexico and Texas. Building on this, in 2020 Masdar announced a second investment that supported the development of eight clean energy projects comprising 1.6 GW across the US. This includes three utility-scale wind farms in Nebraska, Texas and New Mexico and five photovoltaic solar projects in California, totaling 689 MW of solar and 75 MW of lithium-ion battery energy storage to help power local communities.
- In 2017, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, through its affiliates, purchased a large stake in Arevon Energy, a leading renewable energy development firm operating one of the largest portfolios of solar projects in the US, at around 2.5GW, and is currently building and developing a pipeline of new projects of approximately 5GW. In addition, ADIA is a significant minority investor in Great River Hydro, which produces renewable, carbon-free electricity totaling 584MW in New England.
- UAE sovereign wealth fund Mubadala’s investment in Germany-based Skyborn Renewables in October 2022 included the acquisition of a stake in US-based, 1.6GW Bluepoint Wind, part of the New York Bight Project.
- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) played a key role in the establishment and development of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a graduate institute dedicated to renewable energy research that is today part of Khalifa University.
- An MOU signed in 2010 between Masdar and the US Department of Energy laid the foundation for a number of joint partnerships with national laboratories in the US, including projects related to carbon capture, use and sequestration and renewables-powered desalination.
- Collaboration with the US has been key to the UAE becoming the first country in the MENA region to deploy zero-emission nuclear energy. In December 2009, a US-UAE bilateral agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation went into effect, enhancing international standards of nuclear non-proliferation, safety and security. Known as a “123 Agreement,” the pact established a required legal framework for commerce in civilian nuclear energy technology between the two countries. The UAE’s Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, established based on the guidelines laid out by this agreement, is generating clean electricity that is powering the UAE.