The United Arab Emirates’ ambition to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 is a major step forward, but lacks clarity due to the nation’s continued push for higher oil and gas production capacity.

The UAE is the first Persian Gulf nation to establish net zero by 2050 as a goal and has claimed it will invest almost $165 billion in clean energy projects over the decades.

This push is likely to create more pressure for similar plans from neighbours such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Scotland.