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Qatar to open its first solar plant of 800 megawatts in order to use renewable energy for climate change and sustainability. The solar plant can be expanded to 1.6 gigawatts by 2030.
“This year, we will have the first solar power plant equipped with photovoltaic technology with the capacity of 800 megawatts,” said Minister of Environment and Climate Change H E Sheikh Faleh bin Nasser bin Ahmed bin Ali Al Thani.
During a panel discussion, Sheikh Faleh was talking with Global Leader of Climate & Energy at WWF, Former Minister of Environment of Peru and Former President of COP20 H E Manuel Pulgar-Vidal; Lord Mayor of London The Rt. Hon. Vincent Keaveny; and President and CEO, Wetlands International Jane Madgwick.
Qatar has adopted technologies that are advanced in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Qatar has the largest carbon capture-and-storage plant in the MENA region with the capacity of two million tonnes of carbon footprint which will be expended to nine million tonnes by 2030,” said Sheikh Faleh.
“Qatar already announced to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030. All stockholders in the country are working together to achieve the target even before the given date,” said Sheikh Faleh.
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal said, “We do need to translate our vision of climate change into a clear message which is a key element to promote the behavioural change.”
Jane Madgwick said, “Every sorts of mangrove should be protected because they are top in term of capturing and storing carbon – four times more than tropical rainforest.”
Vincent Keaveny said, “Following our climate action strategy, we (in Landon) are committed to be net-zero in city corporation’s activities by 2027 and net-zero across our value chain by 2040, 10 years ahead of UK government’s target for the country which is 2050.”