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Qatargas reiterates commitment to sustainable environment

Ghanim Al-Kuwari, Qatargas’s chief operating officer, delivered a speech at the inaugural session of the second Doha Carbon and Energy Forum, being held at the Qatar National Convention Centre from November 11 – 13.

Qatargas is a strategic sponsor of the forum that brings together international, regional, and Qatari experts to discuss current emerging and innovative technologies in carbon capture and storage, alternative energy and energy efficiency.

Al-Kuwari’s speech outlined the current and future developments in Qatar with regard to carbon capture and storage, climate change, alternative fuels and energy efficiency.

He said: “Carbon capture and storage can have a critical role to play in managing our carbon footprint. There are demonstration projects in several countries with research and development ongoing at multiple levels. Qatar has also formed the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre and is funding a $70 million, 10-year research partnership between Shell, Qatar Petroleum , Imperial College of London and the Qatar Science and Technology Park. The centre will help build Qatar’s capacity in carbon capture and storage.

“Qatar Vision 2030 and the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-2016 aim at reducing the energy intensity of electricity consumption through awareness campaigns, standardisation; and seasonal equipment maintenance shutdowns. Qatar through ongoing studies, innovation within its industrial sector and extensive flare reduction programmes is contributing towards enhancing energy efficiency. Research is also ongoing within the private and education domain to increase understanding related to energy efficiency.”

Al-Kuwari also underlined Qatargas’ efforts in reducing its carbon footprint stating: “Qatargas contributes to reducing carbon footprint and we are doing so via initiatives such as reduced flaring, greenhouse gas management strategy, by exploring carbon capture and storage and revising energy efficiency studies in collaboration with Qatar Petroleum.”

The Doha Carbon DCEF, organised jointly by Qatar Foundation, Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil Qatar, provides a platform for a select panel of experts to discuss energy and greenhouse gas challenges facing Qatar and the wider region. Discussions during the Forum will fall under three pillars: reviewing state of the art scientific research and development; policies and regulation; and practical industrial applications to mitigate and adapt to the risks of climate change.


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