On January 15, 2012, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President & Prime Minister of the UAE announced a long-term national initiative to build a green economy in the UAE under the theme 'A green economy for sustainable development.' The initiative was announced just one day before the start of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi on 16th January, 2012. More.. Green BuildingsIn implementation of a decision issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and as part of Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 for applying the specifications of green buildings to all the buildings and premises in Dubai with the aim of keeping Dubai a healthy city with a clean and pollution free environment, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), in co-operation with Dubai Municipality, has launched the Green Building Regulations & Specifications, a set of specifications and guidelines for regulating the criteria of the structure that allows adequacy in the consumption of electricity, water and renewed energy as part of the green buildings project in Dubai, which will make savings of around AED10 billion until 2030.
Abu Dhabi has created Zayed Future Energy Prize in appreciation of the first environment supporter, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It also created another prize through the Zayed International Prize for the Environment, which is aimed at supporting and encouraging environmental activities and the distinguished national individual and collective initiatives contributing to sustainable development.