A key question is whether planning has been done holistically and whether there is sufficient urgency in those plans to meet the communicated net zero targets.
Within the GCC, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have committed to becoming Net Zero and have announced their respective targets. It was also announced during COP26 that the upcoming two meetings will be held in the Middle East – Egypt in 2022 and the UAE in 2023, which aligns with their governments’ commitment to accelerate the journey towards achieving a Net Zero Carbon future.
Meeting net zero targets takes time, effective policies, engineering advancements and of course government will-power. Time is not a luxury on offer, but having target dates for Net Zero will motivate GCC countries to focus on planning schedules and accelerate build times, especially for energy systems. To meet their Net Zero targets, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have each released strategies that provide key milestones at either a country or, for the UAE, emirate level.
To help the region achieve its Net Zero targets, The SNC-Lavalin Group, including Atkins and Faithful+Gould, has launched the “Engineering Net Zero in the GCC” report that outlines challenges, opportunities, and key recommendations to decarbonize the energy, built environment, and transport sectors. Globally, the company has developed the ‘Engineering Net Zero’ (ENZ) programme, which focuses on leading the engineering industry to achieve Net Zero Carbon as rapidly as possible, by helping clients manage climate risks and build climate resilience.