MME: Information on Qatar carbon emissions incorrect
October 02 2019 02:35 AM

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) described as baseless the information and figures that have been circulated recently and indicated the high percentage of carbon emissions in Qatar and considered it as the first in the world in such rates. 
It noted in this context that the method of calculating these circulated ratios and figures is not the one adopted by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and does not properly reflect the reality of emissions at the global level or at the level of Qatar, which has a small proportion of these emissions.
The MME also stressed that this information does not reflect the reality of the environmental situation in Qatar, for many reasons including the use of per capita carbon emission that is unrealistic and unfair, in addition to being not adopted by the UNFCCC because it depends on dividing the amount of emissions from industrial activities and energy consumption divided by population estimates, that is why in the case of countries with a high population, the indicator reflects a low emission rate, and in those of a low population, the indicator reflects a high emission rate.
In this context, the MME pointed out that the standard adopted is what represents the true amount of emissions from these activities in a given country without dividing it by the population, which makes Qatar in this unjust criterion because the total emissions are divided by the relatively low population of Qatar.
In this regard, the MME explained that Qatar contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions globally through production and export of natural gas as one of the low carbon sources compared to coal, diesel and gasoline, pointing out that the local consumption of energy and the type of fuel used, significantly affect the environment and determine the amount of carbon emissions. The ministry added that the State of Qatar uses natural gas for many industrial activities, electricity production, and water, and projects are also subject to environmental impact assessment studies and the selection of environmentally sound technologies.
The MME stressed the importance of taking important information from its official sources, and called on the public not to rely on this unconfirmed information and not to circulate and disseminate such information. (QNA)

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