Korea has become a global leader in clean energy technology.  Qatar is now a case study for embracing  sustainability and renewables.  It is only natural, therefore, that the governments and businesses of these two small but mighty trailblazers  partner on clean energy research and development.

As quoted by Francesca Astorri in Qatar’s Peninsula during a conference this week:

“Qatar is the best place in the world for solar energy,” said Dr Eng Choi Hang, Vice President of the Research Planning Group of GS Engineering and Construction. Qatar in fact has a total area of 11,437 sq/km, of which less than 140 sq/km are urbanised. This makes green energy the most rational choice to best use the 365 days of equatorial sun.

The plans are ambitious.  Qatar already has plans underway for a large solar technology factory, and with water stewardship a pressing problem for more countries, the tiny emirate seeks to unlock the key to powering desalination plants with renewable energy.

While the United Arab Emirates’ work in Masdar gets most of the attention in the Middle East, and while large global powers like the United States dither on climate volatility issues, Qatar keeps making progress.  As the 2022 World Cup approaches, look for Qatar to go above and beyond in proving to the world that they will be a hub for innovation and sustainable development.

My goal is to be a part of it.

Photo is of Carnegie Mellon's University in Doha, Qatar.

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.