Qatar Sustainability Roundup: Clean Carbon and Renewed Aquifers?
About every 10 days we will give a round up of sustainability and corporate social responsibility news in various countries across the world where GGP has a strong interest. We start with Qatar.
Watch Qatar and its neighbor, Saudi Arabia, with interest even more this year: In late November Qatar hosted a sustainability expo, and one of the most dynamic pavilions was that of Saudi Arabia’s. Saudi Arabia claims it will move forward on clean energy (especially solar), carbon management and environmental issues. Since the KSA is the economic anchor of the Gulf region, we’re curious how much of this is PR and how much is sincere. As I have said, repeatedly, however, the smart money is on Qatar and its neighbors investing in clean energy technologies. Via Qatar is Booming and Twitter follower DreamzyA.
Clean carbon? Researcher Nesrin Olzap is working on a process that breaks down natural gas into its two main components: hydrogen and carbon. Both elements are critical for industries from automobile manufacturing to printer inks, but the conventional process to extract them from natural gas is a dirty one. Olzap, from her laboratory in Doha, hopes to find an efficient solution fueled by solar energy. Via Deutsche Welle.
Qatar, the media giant? Tomorrow my thoughts on Al Gore’s “sell-out” to Al Jazeera will run on Triple Pundit. Al Jazeera has faced bias and fierce opposition as it tries to enter the U.S. market. The Doha-based media company’s acquisition of Current TV will give American viewers access to the leading source of cutting-edge international news. This could be a huge opportunity to have better coverage of under-reported regions, from Africa to the Balkans.
Wyndham Grand Regency Doha wins “Green Award”: One of the best hotels in Qatar has already led on a variety of sustainability issues, from LED lighting to reducing paper consumption. The company’s Europe and MENA division awarded the Grand Regency Doha with its “Wyndham Green” award. Via Hotelier Middle East.
Wastewater for Qatar’s water security? Qatar has announced a pilot program that if proven viable could improve the country’s water security. Scientists want to recharge the country’s depleted aquifers with treated wastewater. Qatar’s leadership seeks to boost the country’s agricultural output, so this could be a step in the right direction for food security--instead of the controversial practice of buying land abroad. Via Water World.
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