QSTec (Qatar Solar Technologies) just signed a memorandum of understanding with Qatar Electricity and Water Company today. The agreement is a step towards implementing Qatar’s 2030 vision by incorporating more clean energy, specifically solar, within Qatar’s energy mix. Last year QSTec announced a $1 billion polysilicon manufacturing facility. Along with the country’s focus on green building and sustainable architecture, Qatar is edging towards an economy not solely dependent on fossil fuels.

But Qatar still has a ways to go. It ranks high on the global carbon footprint scale, and its citizens could benefit from embracing energy efficiency--since pragmatically that would allow more of its lucrative oil and gas to be exported abroad.

But steps, even tiny ones, taken are better than taking steps back. Qatar has a long road ahead before the world is convinced it is embracing sustainability, but recent efforts show this corner of the MIddle East is well on its way.

Via AMEInfo

Photo courtesy Leon Kaye.

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.