Three senior representatives from Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), part of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), were members of the Qatari delegation at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently held in Katowice, Poland. The team of scientists showcased the work that Qeeri is doing in the spheres of energy, environment and water security research and development.
Mohamed Ayoub, who leads the Air Quality and Climate Change programme at Qeeri, and Dr Huda al-Sulaiti, who heads the Water Group, participated in a side event organised by Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) at COP24, where they addressed research related to water security, air quality and food security in Qatar within the context of climate change. Dr Veronica Bermudez, senior research director for energy, highlighted QEERI’s research to develop and promote the implementation of sustainable renewable energy approaches in the country.
Dr al-Sulaiti highlighted the water security challenges facing Qatar in the context of climate change, stating that, with proper management, the country can avert an anticipated water deficit in 2050. She also spoke about the increased risks of limited resources posed by climate change, and the adaptive technologies research conducted at Qeeri. She also drew attention to the development of advanced materials for desalination and water treatment that are energy-efficient and cost-effective, including filtration membrane and new desalination technologies.
Mohamed Ayoub spoke about the impact of climate change on meteorology and air quality in Qatar. He noted that QEERI focuses on building knowledge and developing capabilities in understanding and addressing air pollution, and the impact of air pollution in Qatar. He also touched on the increase in frequency of sand/dust storms and rain events over the past decade, and further highlighted the trend of increasing dust capacity of the regional atmosphere.
“This has been an incredible opportunity for our institute,” said Dr Marc Vermeersch, executive director of QEERI. “Together with our national stakeholders such as the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, we are committed to enabling Qatar in tackling its grand challenges in energy, water, and environment. It has been a true privilege to have three of our senior representatives participate in this important event, as part of the Qatar delegation.”
“With its skilled scientists and unique facilities and capabilities, QEERI plays a key role in providing a better scientific understanding of the environmental issues affecting the country including climate change. QEERI is a valuable partner in implementing the appropriate solutions for Qatar. We are delighted that they were part of our COP24 delegation among other national partners,” added Abdulhadi Almarri, director of Climate Change Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.