Since its inception in 2007, the UAE Ecological Footprint Initiative (EFI) has supported the UAE’s progress towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient future in many ways, including:
- Fostering national commitment to climate action;
- Creating innovative, science-based policies to reduce carbon emissions;
- Spearheading some of the world's most advanced Ecological Footprint research.
Read on to learn about some of the highlights of our work over the years.
Footprint broken down by sector
In 2008, the EFI conducted scientific research into the major Footprint-driving sectors. Analysis found that UAE households are the greatest contributors to the UAE’s EF, comprising 57 per cent, followed by the business/industry and government sectors with 30 per cent and 12 per cent respectively.
Launch of a pioneering scenario modelling tool
In 2009, the EFI continued its research through the development of a scenario model designed to show the impact of power and water sector policies on Abu Dhabi’s ecological footprint up to 2030 to help build and adopt lower Footprint policy scenarios.
Heroes of the UAE campaign
EWS-WWF’s research into the sectors driving the UAE’s Ecological Footprint gave rise to Heroes of the UAE, a national campaign focusing on energy and water conservation. The campaign was launched in 2009, in partnership with the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), to help address the country’s high per capita Ecological Footprint, to build awareness on conservation across different consumer groups and tackle climate change across all sectors of society. The campaign ran until 2014.
Verification of UAE's National Footprint Accounts
Every other year, in advance of the publication of The Living Planet (LPR), the UAE Ecological Footprint Initiative (EFI) team undertakes a data verification exercise. The key objective is to increase confidence in the UAE’s National Footprint Accounts – i.e. the data used to calculate the UAE’s Ecological Footprint. In light of the still developing standards of data reporting in the UAE, EWS-WWF, in its role as the EFI secretariat, has been providing crucial support to ensure that the calculations are robust and representative. Click here
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Adoption of the UAE Indoor Lighting Standard
The development and adoption of a federal indoor lighting standard in 2014 was a major milestone, promising to boost the availability of safe, high quality and energy efficient lighting products, while also phasing out low quality, inefficient lighting products. The standard, developed under the aegis of the EFI, is designed to reduce energy consumption, cut carbon emissions and provide financial savings for residents and the government. Click here
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Development of a UAE Vehicle Fuel Economy Standard
In February 2016, following a technical study and stakeholder engagement process led by EWS-WWF, the EFI Steering Committee accepted a proposal for a UAE Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulation, the development of which is now underway. In addition to limiting carbon emissions from road transport, the new regulation will also support the achievement of the UAE’s national priorities and help the country to meet its international climate commitments, in line with the Paris Agreement. Click here
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