Eco-friendly Transportation Solutions in UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Net Zero by 2050 strategy aims to achieve zero carbon emissions by that year. Hence, the country has been making great strides in encouraging smart and sustainable transportation. 

UAE’s Eco-friendly Transport Solutions

Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles and Fueling Infrastructure

The UAE has been looking into adopting transport systems powered by alternative fuels. Recently, the UAE cabinet endorsed a nationwide initiative for hydrogen vehicles. Also, the Integrated Transport Center of Abu Dhabi (ITC Abu Dhabi) is conducting thorough research into the potential of hydrogen fuel technology as part of sustainable mobility solutions. 

Moreover, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Emirates National Oil Company Group (ENOC) have collaborated to set up hydrogen refueling stations for vehicles across the UAE. Similarly, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Masdar partnered to open hydrogen stations. 

Electric Vehicles

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Board of Directors aims to transition all the taxis to hybrid and electric vehicles by 2027. This action fits the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, the Green Economy drive, and the Dubai Government’s shift to environmental sustainability.

In 2019, RTA initiated a trial of two electric buses powered by a stationary electric charger. Dubai has witnessed a steady rise in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on its roads, with 7,331 cars registered. According to the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA), this figure is projected to reach 12,852 by 2025. This aligns with Dubai’s Green Mobility Strategy 2030. This strategy mandates that 30% of public sector vehicles and 10% of all vehicle sales be electric and hybrid by 2030.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

The UAE is directing investments towards Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies, encompassing intelligent traffic management systems and dynamic toll road pricing, with the aim of enhancing transportation network efficiency and alleviating congestion. Additionally, significant investments have been made in smart road infrastructure to enhance transportation efficiency and safety. Initiatives spearheaded by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) includes the Smart Traffic System utilizing real-time data for traffic flow management. Also, RTA launched a Smart Signaling System for adapting traffic signals in response to traffic conditions.

Autonomous Vehicles (AVs)

The UAE launched a Self-Driving Transport Strategy. The strategy’s objective is to transition 25% of all trips in the city to self-driving modes of transportation by 2030, spanning various transport modes. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has outlined plans to introduce 4,000 autonomous vehicles for taxi services by 2030. Furthermore, the Integrated Transport Center of Abu Dhabi (ITC Abu Dhabi) is in the process of formulating a regulatory framework and roadmap for autonomous vehicles (AVs), aiming to integrate all types of AVs into Abu Dhabi’s transportation system.

Final Words

The United Arab Emirates is one of the Middle Eastern countries encouraging environmental sustainability. One of the ways the country is achieving this goal is through eco-friendly transport solutions. In Dubai, there are hydrogen-powered vehicles, electric vehicles, etc.

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