Environment and Sustainability

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a critical need for new, clean sources of electricity triggered by a growing population and economy. After evaluating a wide array of energy options, nuclear energy emerged as the right choice to deliver the needed baseload electricity with nearly zero carbon emissions.

During operation, nuclear energy facilities produce no carbon emissions. More than one-third of man-made greenhouse gases are caused by burning fossil fuels to generate electricity. Because nuclear energy facilities do not burn fossil fuels, they do not emit these gases. When fully operational, the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is expected to save the UAE up to 21 million tons of carbon emissions every year.


The Nawah Nuclear Safety Policy serves as the overarching policy for and encompasses within it focused elements of Reactor, Radiological, Industrial, Environmental and Security. The Nawah Nuclear Safety Policy is aligned with the Nawah Integrated Management System (NIMS) Policy.

Nawah leadership is committed to the following Environmental Safety attributes as an element of the Nawah Nuclear Safety Culture:

  1. Protecting the environment, biodiversity, ecosystems, and cultural heritage.
  2. Preventing pollution and greenhouse gas emission into the environment.
  3. Employing a systematic approach to manage environmental and corporate social responsibilities.
  4. Full compliance with all environmental requirements and commitments.
  5. Considering the environment, sustainability and waste management matters equally with other critical business activities.
  6. Promoting a healthy environmental and sustainability culture as part of its safety culture among its employees, contractors, and suppliers.
  7. Continual improvement of the integrated management system (IMS) to enhance environmental performance.