09 May 2017 – 19:44
The Peninsula Online
Doha: Qatar has launched a major Green Car initiative to push more electric cars on the road. The aim of the initiative is to have 10 % of the total cars on Qatar roads be electric cars by 2030.
Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammad bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Transport and Communications H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti and KAHRAMAA President Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari signed a joint cooperation and coordination agreement to launch the initiative of “Green Car” as one of the National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency’s projects.
As per the agreement Transport Ministry will launch electrical cars in its fleets of transport vehicles and buses as a strategic and eco- friendly option to reach the goal of 10% by 2030.
“The initiative encourages all government and private sector institutions to adopt “Green Car Initiative” to reduce the Carbon footprint of Qatar,” Al Sada stressed.
The most important goals of this initiative are to encourage the eco-friendly cars in all sectors as well as installing and managing the infrastructure to provide these cars with energy. This procedure will be supervised by Ministry of Energy & Industry in cooperation with governmental agencies to provide charging stations as well as specify the most appropriate locations to construct those stations around the State.
Concerned sectors and state’s leaders will be encouraged to support “Green Cars Initiative” such as car agencies, airport, municipalities, shopping malls, petrol stations, hotels and operating companies for parking cars.
“This comes within National Program (Tarsheed)’s objectives that works on reducing CO2 emissions rate in Qatar by 7% from the total targeted percentage of all sectors (17%) till 2022,” Al Kuwari said,
Tarsheed has succeeded in reducing the consumption rate of electricity by 18% and water by 20% which contributed in reducing the rate of harmful carbon emissions to be 8.5 million tonnes since launching the national program in 2012 till 2016. Tarsheed has developed a new strategic goal to reduce the capita consumption of water by 15% and electricity by 8% till the year 2022.
Source : thepeninsulaqatar.com