The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) has announced that it signed a collaboration agreement with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) to cooperate on energy efficiency measures. IEEJ will propose energy-saving policies for facilities and institutions based on Japan’s knowledge and experience. The collaboration will promote measures for energy efficiency and heighten environmental awareness in Qatar.
Kahramaa will act as the command center for installing light emitting diode (LED) lights and highly efficient air conditioning systems in public facilities such as government buildings and schools. Kahramaa will also improve the efficiency of energy sources such as electricity and gas. IEEJ and Kahramaa will reinforce the Qatar equivalent of Japan’s “energy conservation law” and formulate a subsidy system to promote energy efficiency starting in FY2022.
The project will receive assistance from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Qatar government. The agreement will be extended yearly. METI plans to support the project until the end of FY2024 unless the Japanese government cancels its budget allocation.
The government of Qatar has set ambitious goals for conserving energy and promotes a national energy efficiency program called “Tarsheed.” Awareness of energy efficiency is not very high in Qatar because its citizens do not pay for electricity and gas. Tarsheed aims to reduce electricity consumption per capita by 6% compared with 2017 levels by 2022.