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UAE Eyes First Net Zero by 2050 Goal Among Major Petrostates

The government is working across departments to announce its target before the UN climate summit in Glasgow in November, sources say

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The United Arab Emirates could become the first nation among the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to set a net-zero goal, a move that would please Western countries pushing for stronger climate commitments but won't require it to sell less oil.

The country is considering a 2050 target to align with a global push to keep temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, according to people familiar with the discussions. They asked not to be named because talks are private and ongoing. The aim is to make an announcement before the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow in November, the people said.