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Qatar is playing a proactive role in fighting climate change by drastically cutting carbon emissions and supporting other counties to meet their responsibilities following Paris Climate Accords and other international charters.
“QatarEnergy with its Sustainability Strategy is contributing greatly in Qatar's efforts to protect the environment and combat climate change,” said Mohammad bin Saif Al Kuwari, Adviser at the Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
Speaking to Qatar TV yesterday, Al Kuwari said that QatarEnergy has planned to build two solar power plants with the capacity of 5 gigawatts electricity in Mesaieed and Ras Laffan. Reacting to a recent statement by Minister of State for Energy Affairs and the President and CEO of QatarEnergy H E Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, Al Kuwari said the world at this time really needs sustainable energy transition to address global climate change.
The Minister of State had stressed the importance of a responsible and sustainable energy transition to achieve sustainable economic growth, significant reduction in carbon emissions, financial support for renewable energy, and LNG projects.
“Qatar is playing a proactive role in preserving the environment to address climate change. The country has partnered with universities and research centres in Qatar and abroad to bring about latest technologies to reduce the carbon emissions by capturing carbon and using renewable energy,” said Al Kuwari.
He said technologies for reducing carbon foot print are available but the goal requires serious action by countries and financing.
“The renewable energy should be top priorities of the world with financial support to fight against air, water and soil pollution for not only climate change but food security as well,” said Al Kuwari.
He said international reports have suggested that emergence of diseases notably the COVID-19 pandemic are caused by air pollution. To this end, he said governments should come forward.
The adviser said a unified stand is needed to combat the global menace of climate change. “Following the Paris Climate Accords which required rich countries to support developing and least developed countries in fighting against climate change, Qatar gave $100m,” said Al Kuwari.
“Many other countries also made their contributions in this regards. The world needs a unified stand to combat challenges of climate change, because if any country is left behind, it will impact the neighbouring countries and rest of the world,” said Al Kuwari.
The official said that carbon emissions are increasing horrifically, and immediate action is required to curb it. Lauding the Sustainability Strategy of QatarEnergy, he said that it is very effective and responsible in addressing climate change.
Al Kuwari further noted the major goals of the strategy which include capturing over 11 million tonnes of CO2 per annum in Qatar by 2035 and reducing the carbon intensity of Qatar's LNG facilities by 35 percent and its upstream facilities by at least 25 percent (compared to previous targets of 25 percent and 15 percent, respectively). This will bolster Qatar's commitment to responsibly supply cleaner LNG in support of the energy transition.
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