The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has adopted a strategy that requires all public transport in the emirate to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Report informs referring to Arabian Business.

The RTA said its new plan will result in reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 10 million tons while also saving AED3.3 billion ($817 million) in comparison to current operations.

The plan includes electric taxis, net zero buildings and sustainable waste management services.

Consistent with the goal of the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 to consolidate the emirate’s status as one of the world’s top urban economies, RTA’s new strategy aims to achieve multiple objectives over the coming years.

The primary objectives include the decarbonization of all taxis, limousines, and public buses, designing buildings with near-zero energy consumption, sourcing energy from renewable sources, and eliminating municipal waste by sending zero waste to landfills.

The new strategy specifies the target rates to be achieved over the upcoming years to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 in the three categories, namely, green public transportation, buildings and facilities, waste management.

It entails converting 10 percent of public transport buses into electric and hydrogen buses by 2030, which will be expanded to 20 percent in 2035, 40 percent in 2040, 80 percent in 2045, and ultimately 100 percent by 2050.

It also encompasses the conversion of 30 per cent of taxis and limousines in the emirate to electric and hydrogen vehicles by 2030, which will be increased to 50 per cent by 2035 and 100 per cent by 2040.

The plan aims to convert 10 per cent of DTC’s school buses into electric and hydrogen buses by 2030, which will be raised to 30 percent in 2035, 50 percent in 2040, 80 percent in 2045, and 100 percent by 2050.

The strategy entails retrofitting the authority’s buildings and facilities with solar cell systems.

A total of 24 buildings and facilities will see the installation of solar panels before 2025 and the scope of this will be extended to all other buildings and facilities according to feasibility studies.

The goal is to retrofit and upgrade 74 percent of the buildings by 2030, expanding it to 83 percent by 2035, and finally achieving 100 percent by 2045.

New buildings will be near zero energy, starting in 2025.

Existing streetlights will also be retrofitted so that all of them are 100 percent energy efficient, provided the application continues on all new projects.