UAE climate change body to cut CO2 at Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi

Climate change ministry and Higher Committee of Special Olympics will plant local trees to cut carbon emissions

Special Olympics 2019's opening ceremony will be held at Zayed Sports City Stadium.
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Special Olympics 2019's opening ceremony will be held at Zayed Sports City Stadium.

The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has signed an agreement with the Higher Committee of the Special Olympics to equipoise the carbon footprint at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, to be held in the capital city on 14-21 March after an opening ceremony at Zayed Sports City Stadium. 

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed to plant local trees that will balance out the carbon emitted during the Special Olympics. The agreement is in line with targets set by UAE’s Supreme Council of Energy in June 2018 to cut 11 million tonnes of local carbon emissions by 2021. 

The MoU was signed by HE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the UAE's Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and HE Mohamad Abdullah Al Junaibi, chairman of the Higher Committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

In a statement, Al Zeyoudi said the climate change ministry hopes the joint initiative will ensure the Special Olympics 2019 in Abu Dhabi is an event that is “eco-friendly and leaves minimal human impact”. 

He continued: “The MoU aligns with the ministry’s drive to slash carbon emissions through enabling local plants to absorb them and offset their adverse effects. In addition to lowering the carbon footprint, such efforts bring a wealth of benefits. These include increasing the green cover in the UAE, preserving biodiversity, and protecting and restoring the natural habitats of local plants.”

The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will welcome more than 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches, representing 190 countries and competing in 24 sports. 

Construction consultany Khatib & Alami is working with authorities for Special Olympics 2019.

In a series of updates on its official LinkedIn page, Khatib & Alami said it is delivering wayfinding systems, such as navigation kiosks and a mobile app, for the event. 

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