The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi will prevent more carbon emissions than previously expected.
This was announced during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, showcasing the essential role that nuclear energy plays in combating climate change and promoting sustainable development in the UAE and around the world.
New data made available by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) identifies nuclear energy as the energy source with the lowest lifecycle carbon emissions, making it one of the cleanest of all the assessed technologies. Based on the latest data, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has announced that the four Units of the Barakah Plant will prevent 22.4 million tons of carbon emissions every year, 6 percent more than previously forecast.
“The Barakah Plant is a sustainable powerhouse for the UAE; leading the largest decarbonisation drive of any industry here locally and in the wider Arab World today and spearheading the nation’s commitment to tackling climate change. Since the start of commercial operations in 2021, Unit 1 has been the largest single electricity generator in the Arab World, completely carbon emissions free. The UAE’s decision to diversify its energy sources to include nuclear is paying dividends today as we work to make the largest contribution to the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 initiative,” said Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ENEC.
The 22.4 million tonnes prevented by the Barakah Plant is equivalent to 4.8 million passenger cars driven for one year. This is based on the updated projections and using new data on vehicle emissions. There are approximately 3.5 million cars on the UAE’s road’s today, demonstrating the significant positive impact the Barakah Plant is having on the UAE’s carbon footprint, rapidly decarbonising the UAE’s energy sector.