Ajman University’s Climate & Sustainability Strategy 2022-2030 highlights its commitment to drive climate action goals in line with the UAE Green Agenda, Net Zero by 2050 Strategy, the National Climate Change Plan of the UAE 2017–2050, as well the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Universities from various parts of the world have shown their willingness to become carbon-neutral in the future. Ajman University successfully accomplished important milestones in recent years, and we firmly believe in the University's dream team that can achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and net zero by 2050. That will be an exponential achievement in our contribution to the national and global efforts to tackle climate change. Climate action is a collective action that involves all members of Ajman University. You have a chance to be part of the driving force that will reshape our future, ensure sustainability and resilience, and preserve our environment and earth for future generations.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that the planet has already warmed by 1°C since the pre-industrial era. This warming has already led to a number of consequences, including rising sea levels and more extreme weather events. Climate change affects all of the planet's populations, but those in developing countries and disadvantaged populations in all countries are even more vulnerable to its impacts. This is because they often have less access to resources and infrastructure to cope with the effects of climate change. To prevent the predicted catastrophic consequences of more than 1.5°C warming, we need to make significant changes to our behavior at all scales. This means reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, investing in renewable energy, and making our cities and infrastructure more resilient to climate change. Carbon emission reduction is the process of lowering the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) released into the atmosphere. GHGs are gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, causing the planet to warm. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most common GHG, and it is produced by burning fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
Ajman University acknowledges the fact that the constant release of greenhouse gases (GHG) and the subsequent increases in global concentrations in the atmosphere will cause significant climate changes around the world. The impacts of global climate change are already evident in the form of increased health risks caused by extreme weather, a decrease in both aquatic and terrestrial species numbers, and increased frequency of extreme events such as wildfires, flooding, droughts, and food scarcity. The role of higher education institutions in facing the severe impacts of climate change sets an essential role model for the youth and future generations to be actively involved in climate action. It is important to create awareness on how to build resilience and sustainability in a very turbulent and changing world.
For detailed information on our Carbon Emissions Report and reduction plan, please click here.