Close on the heels of implementing a new regulation for energy efficient air conditioners, Qatar will introduce new directives in 2018 to regulate several other household appliances, a top official has disclosed.
"Many appliances such as washing machine, dish washer, flush tanks and other household appliances will be brought under the new regulation," Kahramaa president Essa bin Hilal al-Kuwari told Gulf Times.
"All the formalities have been completed to introduce a new law in this regard and it is only a matter of procedures to be finalised," he explained on the sidelines of the Qatar Green Building Conference, organised by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC).
Al-Kuwari also took part in a panel discussion at the opening session of Qatar Green Building Conference 2017. Dignitaries at the event included HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi, HE the Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, Qatar Foundation (QF) vice chairperson and CEO HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani, Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development chairman HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, and QGBC chairman Issa bin Mohamed al-Mohannadi.
According to al-Kuwari, per capita electricity consumption in 2016 has been reduced by 18%. “We are targeting to reduce it by 25% by 2022. Similarly, the per capita water consumption has been reduced by 20% in 2016 and we aim to reach 35% reduction by 2022.”
Taking part in the panel discussion, HE al-Attiyah highlighted the global sustainability efforts and how Qatar is moving forward in its sustainable efforts.
“Sustainable development is very important for the progress of the country and every person has to find ways for sustainable development. We also have to seek new ways of sustainable energy and renewable energy such as solar energy,” he said.
Other panelists at the session were QGBC chairman al-Mohannadi, Msheireb Properties CEO Abdulla al-Mehshadi, and Tadmur Holding Group CEO Dafer Mustafa Hallawa. The session was moderated by QGBC member and Arab Engineering Bureau GCEO Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah.
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