Doha firm’s new carbon storage plan

by  — 22 January 2013

A large Doha-based construction firm has unveiled ambitious plans to offset its last three years worth of carbon emissions – by storing the equivalent amount of carbon in brown algae off the west coast of the country.

The hope is that, should the scheme prove successful, more Qatar-based firms will follow Qatari Diar Construction’s (QDVC’s) lead “We believe that our initiative will attract more companies to join us,” said sustainable development manager Sheikha Athba Al Thani.
The project could potentially provide Doha with scientific knowledge that can be marketed to other countries globally that have the algae resources available, unlocking opportunities for Qatar firms.
The algae will be analysed through to the end of February by experts from QDVC and France-based marine consultancy Creocean to determine its potential for the storage of carbon. The project will begin with an evaluation of the resources on the west coast, Creocean said in a statement.
QDVC began calculating the carbon production from its operations in 2009 and has determined that, since the end of that year, around 8000 tonnes has
been produced.
“Plans are now in place to offset these emissions through the new algae carbon sequestration project,” the company said in a statement.

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