Qatar Looks to Turn Large CO2 Footprint into Big Innovation Opportunity
In Qatar, like in other countries in the Gulf, per capita CO2 emissions are high – in Qatar’s case, more than three times the global average. And yet, this challenge poses an opportunity: as the country commits to bold steps to reduce its carbon footprint, it can help drive important economic diversification.
The idea is that in addressing Qatar’s carbon footprint – a reality driven by the country’s location in an arid climate – it can spawn and spark a range of sustainability and high-value-added industries and sectors that generate technologies, solutions and policies that can be shared with the world.
Pursuing these industries will broaden the country’s economic diversification and expand the existing energy mix. Specific examples of low-carbon technologies include carbon capture and storage (CCS), energy efficiency technologies and alternative energy.
GE was one of several dozen companies, government entities and academic institutions that participated in the Qatar University Low Carbon R&D Workshop 2017, hosted by Gulf Intelligence.
Held on Sunday in Doha, the workshop gathered local and international stakeholders to identify and prioritize top research and development recommendations for the Qatar National Research Strategy Priority Areas regarding carbon emissions in Qatar.
“GE welcomed the opportunity to work with partners in Qatar to draw on our global experience working in the field of sustainability to support the country’s National Vision 2023 and its economic diversification objectives,” said Dr Jalal Zia, Technical Leader, GE Power Services, Middle East and Africa.
GE is already contributing to Qatar’s sustainability R&D ecosystem through the Global Water Sustainability Center that GE established in collaboration with ConocoPhillips in the Qatar Science & Technology Park.
“Whether through our clean energy technologies in solar and wind, our portfolio of Ecomagination products and solutions, or our own initiatives to reduce GE’s carbon footprint in manufacturing, power production and other areas of its business, we are working to help Qatar move its sustainable development goals forward.”
Government participants included the Qatar Ministry of Energy & Industry, KAHRAMAA, Qatar Electricity & Water Authority, the Energy & Sustainable Development Committee.
Some of the major discussion areas included, “Industry-Academia Alignment on Low-Carbon National Priorities,” “Low Carbon Technology & Innovation,” “Developing Talent for a Low-Carbon Economy,” “Renewable Energy and Low-Carbon Opportunities,” “Economic Benefits of Climate Action,” “Best Practices for Sustainable Energy Consumption,” and “Carbon Impact on Health and Society.”
GE has worked with partners in Qatar for more than 70 years. For more stories about GE’s work to support innovation and sustainability in Qatar and across the region, click here.