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Qatar to Accelerate Efforts to Meet CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets

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Qatar will soon implement 35 environmental initiatives, identified by the National Action Plan for Climate Change, with the aim of accelerating the process to meet the country’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, said the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, HE Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser bin Ahmed Al Thani said.

Qatar’s National Environment and Climate Change Strategy, launched in October 2021, aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% by 2030, improve quality standards of ambient air and to update the limit values ​​by 2024, among other objectives. The Minister was addressing the media on the sidelines of an event on “Qatar’s Climate Leadership and the Road to COP27” held yesterday in Doha.

The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP27, will be held from 7 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in coordination with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

Minister of Municipality, HE Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie; Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Climate Change and Sustainability, HE Bader Omar Ismail Al Dafa; and a number of officials and guests attended the event. “The GGGI office was officially inaugurated in Doha. Five projects on environmental protection and climate change will be implemented in Qatar over the next three years. The projects will focus on the fight against climate change, nature reserves, air quality and the ecosystem,” the minister said.

Regarding Qatar’s commitment to hosting a carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup, the minister said that all stadiums for the tournament will be powered by solar energy.

“The stadiums were built with 40% recycled materials, which is a great example of sustainability,” he said, adding that an 800MW capacity power plant will soon begin production and the project will be extended to add another 800. MW in the coming period.

Minister of Environment and Climate Change HE Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser bin Ahmed Al Thani (second from right); Minister of Municipalities HE Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie (third from right); and other dignitaries and officials present at yesterday’s event.

“Environmentally friendly modes of transport such as the metro, electric vehicles and electric buses will also be made available to fans during the World Cup,” the minister said.

Addressing the event, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change said the opening of the GGGI office shows Qatar’s interest in green growth, sustainability and climate change issues.

“The issue of climate change is a national priority for Qatar. Over the past year, ambitious steps have been taken to achieve Qatar’s National Vision 2030 for environmental protection, green growth and limiting the effects of climate change. We are also striving to achieve the highest levels of investment in low carbon technologies such as the use of solar energy and carbon sequestration,” the minister said.

He said the ministry also wants to prepare a cooperation program with GGGI to support climate resilience and green growth planning and policies.

“The program will be implemented in Qatar over a period of 3 years from 2022 to 2024.”

Speaking at the same event, GGGI Chief Executive Dr Frank Reinoud Rijsberman said that ahead of the World Cup, Qatar had succeeded not only in transforming Doha’s magnificent skyline, but also in strengthen its vital infrastructure and institutional capacity for future growth and prosperity.

He said it was encouraging to see sustainability increasingly at the heart of major events and projects the nation is pursuing, including the World Cup, Doha Metro, Education City and Msheireb Downtown Doha.

A panel discussion on “Qatar Climate Leadership” also took place during the event. The special envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for climate change and sustainable development; Director of Meteorological Department Abdullah Al Mannai; and Dr. Frank Reinoud Rijsberman participated in the discussion.