Qatari Top Environment Official: Strict Criteria Set for Energy Operations

Doha, November 29 (QNA) – Assistant Undersecretary for Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of Environment Dr. Rashid Ahmad Al Kuwari asserted that the State of Qatar s interest in lowering emissions is not fortuitous, adding that emission levels are codified as they follow strict standards in all operations related to fossil and industrial energy.
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) Al Kuwari added that Qatar’s environmental law requires the licensing of any industrial establishment so that emission levels from operational fuel do not exceed 3%, explaining that this is a stringent percentage which is difficult to achieve according to international standards.
The criteria implemented by the State in all factories is determined by the usage of the latest technologies on a global level, Dr. Al Kuwari said. The State of Qatar adopts the best environmental techniques at all stages, as the Environment Protection Law No. 30 of 2002 requires a permit prior to the licensing of any facility, he explained, adding that this is the stage at which the establishment and related factors are evaluated using the latest technologies to measure effects on the environment.
The factory only enters into the production stage after receiving an operation permit, provided after all emission levels are measured, Dr. Al Kuwari said. It is not allowed to operate unless it abides by the State of Qatar s environmental criteria so the State follows a clean production policy with every source, he added.
On the usage of other non-fossil energy sources at the State of Qatar and whether this has been considered, Dr. Al Kuwari asserted that Qatar adopts a clear policy setting levels for different energy sources through what is known as the  energy mix .
The State is currently working on major projects implemented in the solar energy sector with the aim of raising the solar energy contribution in the mix, he added.
The State of Qatar is among the countries most threatened by the climate change phenomenon because it is a peninsula, he said, adding that this type of threat is linked to the rise in sea levels and that is why the State is diligently working on finding sustainable solutions for everyone’s security. 
Asked if Bio fuel is part of Qatar’s energy mix, Dr. Al Kuwari said Qatar uses any kind of environment-friendly energy source and it would use bio fuel as long as it doesn’t endanger the environment.
He said Qatar is bound by a biological diversity agreement that ponders the possibility of using Bio-Fuel wisely to avoid any adverse outcomes that would affect agriculture sector and food security.
Dr. Al Kuwari noted that Qatar’s air quality meets the international standards, according to air pollution-monitoring indicators.
He also confirmed that all the natural resources in Doha including soil and water show normal records and meet international standards as well.
He said that Qatar s uncomfortable climate has no relation with Industry and fossil fuel issues. 
Dr. Al Kuwari explained Qatar’s environmental standards which are based on confronting climate change issues, pollution, biological diversity, water management, and waste management.
He said these standards are based on the results of a 2009 climate report.
The ministry of environment has already embarked upon actualizing a 2011-2016 framework that includes policies for burning fuel and cutting emissions, he noted. (END)

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