Muscat – The sultanate’s government has identified five main sectors – which presently account for nearly 95 per cent of Oman’s total CO2 emissions – to focus on reducing carbon emissions and achieving the country’s net zero target by 2050.
In October, Oman committed to reaching net zero emissions in 2050, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement’s objectives of limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels.
“The announcement of the 2050 net zero target gave us a huge boost because it helps the decarbonisation momentum on a very big scale. It is not something we have to only talk about; it is something we have to deliver on,” Salim Nasser al Aufi, Minister of Energy and Minerals, said in a keynote speech at the Green Hydrogen Summit 2022 on Monday at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“The five main sectors identified are industry, electricity generation, transport, oil and gas and urban development. For each one of these sectors, we set targets for every five years or ten years. The bottom line is that by 2050 all of these sectors have to meet the net zero targets,” he added.
Ambitious targets have been set for the five sectors with the final goal to achieve net zero by 2050. “Some of these will be challenging to achieve but we are committed to follow through and achieve these.”
To lead the sultanate’s transition towards a green economy and meet net zero target by 2050, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik mandated the creation of Oman Sustainability Centre, which will ensure the implementation of the National Net Zero Plan. The centre will be the leading body undertaking the supervision and follow-up plans and programmes of carbon neutrality.