Posted on February 25, 2015

A high level forum jointly hosted by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC),the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) has convened during the past week to discuss key trends and challenges in local energy consumption,and suggest how to improve energy efficiency in Qatar. Held under the patronage of HE Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada (pictured), Minister of Energy and Industry, the Energy Efficiency Forum brought together senior policy and energy experts, and sustainability practitioners to review Qatar’s existing frameworks.

The workshop’s participants will analyse outcomes and use its conclusions to draft an integrated roadmap for energy efficiency in Qatar, supporting the country’s continued efforts to promote responsible energy consumption across all walks of life in the country. The comprehensive report prepared by the three partners will be shared with decision-makers in the government, and be used more widely to promote wider discussion and consideration of energy efficiency in Qatar.

As members of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), both QGBC and QEERI’s participation in the Forum supports QF’s mission to support the diversification of Qatar’s economy from a carbon to a knowledge-based in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030. QGBC is an organisation dedicated to advocating green building solutions, leading industry research, and promoting sustainable practice within the community, while QEERI focuses on research to address critical national priorities concerning energy and the environment.

Energy Efficiency Forum promotes 2 [].jpgPromoting energy efficiency helps Qatar Foundation’s mission to ensure the development of cutting-edge, environmentally sustainable infrastructure and standards. These principles already lie at the heart of facilities such as the new QF Stadium which will be built to the highly sustainable Gold LEED standard and serve as a role model for event organisers around the world.

Discussing the suggestions made by the expert gathering, H.E. Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said: “As part of our effort to serve the local business community, ICC Qatar is working very close to our key stakeholders to implement initiatives of public benefit. Energy efficiency is a critical component of any comprehensive sustainable energy strategy and it’s not only an environmental imperative, but also an economic opportunity.”

Energy Efficiency Forum promotes 3 [].jpgEngineer Meshal Al Shamari, QGBC Director, said: “The Forum demonstrated exceptional collective focus by stakeholders to suggest how we can improve energy efficiency in Qatar. Building industry awareness and understanding, and adoption of a responsible energy consumption model in Qatar will form a significant part of the strategy. “QGBC and its members are committed to sharing knowledge, experience and sustainability best practice.  I am confident that the Energy Efficiency Forum will help the nation meet the challenges set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030, and deliver a better environment here in Qatar and beyond.”

Dr Mohammad Khaleel, Executive Director of QEERI, said: “QEERI is addressing two major grand challenges in energy and water. The institute is to assist and expedite the introduction of off-grid and grid integrated photovoltaics and energy storage technologies by providing engineering, technical and scientific solutions.” “Energy efficiency and renewable energies are both needed to promote cost-effective energy-saving solutions to give the country an economical advantage and to make our climate better.”