Posted on January 09, 2019

The nationwide campaign under Tarsheed programme aimed at rationalising the consumption of utilities in Qatar has made signification accomplishments. The year-on-year consumption of electricity and water witnessed double-digit decline in November. This was achieved during a period when country’s population soared to 2.75 million from 2.68 million a year ago. 

The consumption of electricity and water in November 2018 fell by 16.7 percent and 16.8 percent, respectively compared to the corresponding month in 2017. Even when compared on monthly basis, the demand for electricity in November saw a sharp fall of 29 percent and water by 7.1 percent compared to October 2018 consumption levels, official data show. The accomplishment is big given the fact the significant reduction in the consumption of utilities, especially the electricity utilisation, was achieved when the total population of the country surged by 2.8 percent over the year. 

Analysts suggest that fall in the demand can be largely attributed to the enforcement of high product standards and efficiency improvements in electric and electronic appliances, including the air-conditioners, television sets and lighting devices, which is part of the Tarsheed campaign programme. The total consumption of water in November 2018 stood at 34,776.4 thousand cubic metres (1000m³) and electricity at 2,495.6 Gigawatt hours (GWh) against 41,822.6 (1000m³) and 2,996.3 (GWh), respectively, in the corresponding month of 2017. The consumption of water in October 2018 was 37,417.1 (1000m³) and electricity 3512.5 (GWh), according to the latest edition of the Qatar Monthly Statistics released by the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics.

The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), under its ‘National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency’ (Tarsheed), in line with the Qatar Development Strategy 2018-22, has set a target to reduce per-capita electricity and water consumption to eight percent and 15 percent, respectively. The programme, which was launched way back in 2012, succeeded in reducing the per capita consumption of electricity and water in Qatar by 17 percent and 18 percent, respectively, reduce carbon emissions by 10.2 million tonnes, saving 265 billion cubic feet of natural gas. Tarsheed is also providing technical support to a number of projects in the country to produce over 700MW of power from renewable resources.

Tarsheed works in partnership with foundations, businesses, and public and private ventures to ensure initiatives have a firm foundation in the critical knowledge and training required to establish strong, sustainable, and impactful organisations. Tarsheed also provides technical expertise, management and administrative advisory services to various organisations, including educational institutions, schools, colleges, hospitals, real estate companies providing housing facilities.

source: The Peninsula

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