Chevron Helps Form Energy Research Center in Qatar as Emirate Advances Green Agenda

Chevron Helps Form Energy Research Center in Qatar as Emirate Advances Green Agenda

The Chevron Corporation is forming a partnership with the Qatar Science & Technology Park in Doha to establish The Center for Sustainable Energy Efficiency, which is to focus on developing lighting and cooling technology customized for Middle Eastern climates.

Chevron said it is committing $20 million over five years to launch the partnership. The center, expected to open later this year, also is to research the development and application of solar power and other renewables in addition to developing and training Qatari engineers, scientists and students.

Chevron said its technology companies will help provide expertise, including Chevron Energy Sources, which has worked on energy efficiency and renewables projects with clients in the U.S.

The emirate is poised to establish its Qatar Green Building Council and adopt standards for environmentally friendly building and development. Formation of the council and adoption of green building standards are expected to pave the way for Qatar to join the World Green Building Council.

Establishment of the standards and the organization would come as Qatar expects to add more than 800 new buildings to its city center in Doha in the next few years.

The drive toward green building in Qatar and the initiative to form a green building council and join the global organization are supported by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and its chair, the Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned.

The foundation was established in 1995 by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani. The foundation and its programs are intended to better prepare and position Qatar as an innovator in the global arena. The sheikha is the emir's spouse. The Qatar Science & Technology Park is a part of the foundation.