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 city to watch in 2012.

Aerial photo of Qatar courtesy Wiki Commons

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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.