Japan provides expertise to support Qatar’s renewable energy sector

Doha, Qatar: Japan stands ready to contribute significantly to Qatar’s sustainable and clean energy market, leveraging its robust technological capabilities in the sector, said Ambassador of Japan to Qatar HE Satoshi Maeda.

“Japan has excellent technology in waste management and energy efficiency and conservation, and could contribute to Qatar’s goals,” said Ambassador Maeda.

The Ambassador highlighted Japan’s continued cooperation with Qatar in the sustainable energy sector and mentioned important partnerships between Japanese companies and Qatar.

“Marubeni participates in the Al Kharsaa power plant, the first large-scale solar power plant in Qatar. In addition, the Mitsubishi Research Institute is conducting a study together with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to help achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” the envoy said at a recent media briefing.

Al Kharsaah is Qatar’s first major solar power plant, which was commissioned in October 2022. With more than 1.8 million solar panels, it is expected to generate approximately 2 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity per year.

Qatar has set ambitious targets, aiming to generate 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and achieve a carbon-neutral footprint by 2050. This strategy has led to significant investments in renewable energy infrastructure, with an emphasis on solar energy and waste management. to energy sources.

According to an industry study by the Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar), the country’s dynamic and integrated cleantech value chain offers numerous investment opportunities. Qatar showcased its potential as an emerging leader in the cleantech industry during the participation of its delegation at the Hannover Messe 2023, the world’s leading industry trade fair.

The country’s cleantech industry is driven by a dynamic, integrated value chain that includes technology development, manufacturing, distribution, project development and services, the report explained.

Last year, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited Qatar, where he reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to strengthening energy ties and economic cooperation with the major gas-producing country.

Moreover, Ambassador Maeda also said: “Japan is investing a huge amount of money to achieve carbon neutrality. Many companies in particular are working on hydrogen and ammonia as carbon-free energy. In the Middle East, we are also continuing initiatives such as transport demonstration tests aimed at reducing hydrogen supply costs.”

“I understand that efforts are underway in Qatar to expand exports of Direct Reduced Iron, which could reduce CO2 emissions during steel production by up to 40%.”