Posted on March 24, 2018

Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) opened the “Second Tarsheed Carnival” under its Tarsheed program that targets to reduce per-capita electricity and water consumption to eight percent and 15 percent, respectively during next five years.

The event that began yesterday at Kahramaa Awareness Park (KAP) aims at creating awareness about the conservation of electricity and water. The event is being organised by Kahramaa’s  National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed) under a theme “to create a conscious generation”. The Carnival will continue until March 29. The Carnival is hosting school students in morning from from 8am to 2pm and general public from 4pm to 10pm.

The event aims at educating people about rationalisation of electricity and water consumption, said Abdulaziz Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director of Kahramaa’s Energy Efficiency and Rationalization Department while speaking with the media persons on the sideline of the inaugural ceremony of the Carnival. “Under Qatar Development Strategy 2018-22, Tarsheed program targets to reduce per-capita electricity and water consumption to eight percent and 15 percent respectively,” said Al Hammadi. He said that the target will help to save money, reduce gas consumption and carbon emission allowing Qatar to pursue the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Many steps are being taken to achieve the target including adopting latest technologies to make electric appliances more energy efficient and installation of low-flow taps to save the water, said Al Hammadi.

Abdulaziz Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director of Kahramaa’s Energy Efficiency and Rationalization Department, said that awareness campaign will run to educate people about the important of conservation of resources adding that necessary rules and regulations will be also framed to meet the target. Energy Efficiency and Rationalisation Department of Kahramaa is coordinating with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to include the Tarsheed lessons in school curriculum, said Mohamad Ali Al Muhannadi, Director of Public Relation Department at Kahramaa. He said that school students are already receiving Tarsheed lessons through various awareness program at schools and Kahramaa Awareness Park.

Various pavilions have been set up at the Carnival to highlight the role of a number of government and private sectors including the Ministry of the Interior represented by Civil Defence, the Qatar Foundation represented by the Qatar Green Building Council, the Bedaya Centre represented by Qatar Development Bank and the Behavioral Health Support Center among many others. A number of recreation activities for children including pony riding, magic shows are being held at Carnival. The carnival will celebrate Earth Hour with the theme “Connect with the Earth” in solidarity with the World Celebration on Saturday, which is one of the largest global environmental initiatives in which millions of people gather around the world by turning off the lights and unnecessary electrical appliances for an hour.

To observe the Earth Hour, unnecessary lights and electric equipment will be switched off from 8:30am to 9:30am on Saturday.

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