Qatar to count emissions from World Cup shuttles
There had been questions in recent months when airlines including Qatar Airways and FlyDubai said they would increase the number of daily flights between Doha and neighboring Gulf cities to ferry thousands of fans overnight outside. from Qatar.
The host country is smaller than the US state of Connecticut and does not have enough hotel rooms to accommodate the more than 1.2 million fans expected at the tournament.
Qatar’s Environment Minister Sheikh Faleh bin Nasser bin Ahmed bin Ali Al Thani told The Associated Press that emissions from daily flights would be counted.
Speaking in Egypt at the UN climate conference, Sheikh Faleh said he was certain Qatar would “lead the standard” in delivering a climate-friendly sporting event.
Qatar is one of the world’s leading exporters of liquefied natural gas. Last year, he presented a national action plan on climate change aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030.
Sheikh Faleh told delegates at the COP27 meeting that Qatar would continue “to work to translate these ambitions into action”.
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