Qatar’s Oil & Gas Sector Pledges Commitment to Sustainability
Can one of the world’s most important energy companies in the world succeed in sustainable development? And would the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers to the tune of 42 million tons per annum thrive as a model for social and environmental sustainability?
Qatargas, the world’s largest LNG producer, promised last week
that it would maintain its commitment to Qatar’s Sustainability Development Industry (SDI) initiative. Companies that follow the country’s Ministry of Energy and Industry directive pledge to improve their environmental stewardship, economic growth, corporate governance, social progress and human development. As Qatar
increases its presence on the global stage with its hosting of the 2022 World Cup
and builds momentum towards its National Vision 2030
, Qatar’s energy sector is an important stakeholder. While entrepreneurs
in Qatar are trying to expand the renewable energy sector
, the reality is that oil and gas will be the anchor of Qatar’s economy for at least the next several decades.
Qatargas is on its way. Professionals like Qatargas’ environmental affairs manager James Baldwin are working to inspire the company’s internal staff to heed to such ideals. Meanwhile, the company has strived to protect and if necessary, relocate, the peninsula’s coral colonies
that are among the most richly diverse in the world--and most threatened.
Watch for more forward thinking from this tiny corner of the Middle East in the coming years, which is why I named Doha has an emerging sustainable cit
y to watch in 2012.
Aerial photo of Qatar courtesy Wiki Commons