Qatar submits target-free climate pledge

Qatar has submitted its climate pledges ahead of the COP21 conference in Paris but doesn’t include any targets. It has delivered its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to the United […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Qatar has submitted its climate pledges ahead of the COP21 conference in Paris but doesn’t include any targets.

It has delivered its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The INDC is a list of climate plans from countries across the globe.

Qatar highlights it is in the process of employing available resources to achieve energy efficiency and is “heavily” investing in other natural resources such as solar.

In a statement the nation said it is vulnerable to sea level rise due to climate change but oil and gas exploration contributes to the economic growth of the nation.

It added: “Due to Qatar’s dependence on the export of oil and gas, there is an uncertainty from the potential impact of the implementation of response measures to climate change that may negatively impact the strength of Qatar’s economy and potentially the quality of life of its residents. Therefore, measures have to be assessed in order to avoid potential impacts of the implementation of these measures on Qatar with the necessity of international co-operation in this regard to achieve the objectives of sustainable development in line with the principles and provisions of the convention.”

Iran has also submitted its INDC, committing to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 4% by 2030.

To achieve the target the nation will use cycle power plants, renewables and nuclear power.

It also stated it will increase energy efficiency improvements and replace high-carbon fuels with natural gas.