NYU Abu Dhabi Launches Climate Action Plan Aimed at Carbon Neutrality by 2050

The Climate Action Plan identifies concrete targets, opportunities for progress, and provides a roadmap for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, ensuring a positive impact on the campus and the wider community.

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has embarked on an ambitious journey towards carbon neutrality by 2050 with the launch of a comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CAP). This initiative not only enables the University to measure its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but also sets clear, measurable targets for reducing them in the coming years.

Led by the Director of Sustainability and Stewardship Antonios Vouloudis in collaboration with the Facilities Management team and various departments and offices, NYUAD’s CAP will ensure that people at every level of the organization can contribute to the University’s progress as a leading institution in sustainability in the MENA region.

“The CAP is not just a plan; it is a testament to our resolve, and a call to action that resonates through every corner of our campus. It maps out a future where energy efficiency flourishes, and where the dynamic power of behavioral demand-side management is harnessed to drive meaningful change,” said NYUAD Vice Chancellor Mariët Westermann.


NYUAD is embarking on a journey of minimizing its impact on the environment. As we endeavor to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, we have set an action plan that clearly outlines our goals and ways to achieve ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and elevate the university into a leader in driving change for sustainability. We invite the community to be part of this journey and transformation.

Antonios Vouloudis, NYUAD Director of Sustainability and Stewardship

The Plan encompasses all required reduction strategies to ensure the targets are achieved and the University’s aspirations are fulfilled by minimizing its impact on the environment.

“Each step we take along this path, every idea we contribute, and every action we embrace will propel us towards a more sustainable and resilient world. This is our commitment to a livable planet,” said Vice Chancellor Westermann.

Looking beyond our campus, NYUAD is a proud key academic partner to and has signed an MOU with the incoming Presidency of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

The Universities Climate Network (UCN) that NYUAD is chairing with the Office of the UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change has been growing under the University’s leadership and now includes 27 universities in an effort to foster strategic collaboration and alignment among UAE-based universities on climate action.