Iraq’s Kurdistan Region Focuses On Clean Energy

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The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is currently generating 3,900 megawatts of electricity per day, out of which 500 megawatts are derived from clean energy sources, accounting for 12% of the total production.


There are three ongoing solar energy projects, each with a capacity of 25 megawatts. If successful, these projects will be expanded to further increase electricity generation through solar energy.

The utilization of clean energy prevents approximately 4,800 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere in the Kurdistan Region every day, significantly contributing to environmental protection.


The Kurdistan Regional Government has placed significant emphasis on safeguarding the environment and has taken concrete measures to achieve this goal. Various ministries, including Electricity, Agriculture, Municipalities, and Environment, have developed comprehensive plans to address environmental concerns.

Over the past four years, the regional government has constructed six million square meters of fire barriers to protect natural forests from potential wildfires.

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To manage medical waste effectively, the government has implemented plans that involve specialized equipment to incinerate waste while preventing the release of smoke and toxic materials into the region’s airspace.

More than 20% of the Kurdistan Region’s electricity infrastructure is dedicated to generating power from clean energy sources, highlighting the region’s commitment to sustainable practices.

Green areas in the Kurdistan Region have seen an increase from 15% to 18% over the past four years, demonstrating efforts to expand and preserve natural spaces.

As part of a strategic plan to plant 100 million trees in Kurdistan, over 100,000 trees have already been planted, with the project ongoing.

The construction of dams, ponds, and the creation of additional green spaces, especially in industrial areas and ongoing or completed investments, will directly contribute to positive environmental and climate outcomes.

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