Energy and industry sector spent QR 520 million on social activities
BY MOHAMMAD SHOEB
DOHA: In 2013, spending on various social and community welfare activities by Qatar’s vibrant energy and industry sector amounted to $143 million (QR520 million), a fraction of its total income for the year.
The combined allocation to social development activities by the sector remained very low despite the sector’s huge revenue of $153 billion (QR557.15 billion) for the year, according to figures published in the “Report on Social Development”. sustainability 2013″.
However, the sector’s community investment expenditures saw a significant increase of 19% in 2013 over the previous year, while sector revenues increased by 6.4% in 2013 compared to 2012.
According to the report, these allocations were made in various key social sectors, including education; health, safety and environment (HSE); sports; science and technology; arts and culture and others.
Environmentally, the sector achieved a remarkable 13% reduction in flaring and a 9% drop in NOx emissions (a generic term for mono-nitrogen oxides) in 2013, compared to the previous year.
Gas flaring, or flare, is a gas combustion device used in industrial facilities such as oil refineries, chemical and petrochemical plants, natural gas processing plants as well as oil and gas production sites. gas. Aiming to protect the environment, the sector recycled nearly 36% of the waste and 24.4 million cubic meters of water used by the sector. Waste recycling is only two percent below the 2016 national target of 38 percent. The energy and industry sectors together achieved a 2.2% reduction in fresh water consumption.
As part of efforts to achieve energy efficiency and climate change, the document reports a 2.4% reduction in the use of natural gas and a 3% reduction in natural gas consumption per ton of production. While electricity consumption per capita has decreased by 10%.
“Qatar National Vision 2030 requires that our operations and various economic activities align with sustainable development. It was not an easy task, but we are overcoming the challenges… The program we started a few years ago has matured today, but it is a journey rather than a destination,” HE Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry,” said in his opening speech at the launch of the “Sustainable Development Report 2013”.
Highlighting the progress some of these companies have made in sustainability reporting, Dr Al Sada said: “We are pleased with the progress some companies have made, but not complacent. In 2013, around 18 companies published their reports internationally compared to 11 in 2012, which is a remarkable achievement.
Given the increased production levels of the sector, energy consumption continues to increase as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, albeit slightly. The focus remains on energy efficiency, which for the majority of companies has improved slightly, and many companies have clear targets for further reductions in 2014/15. The country’s energy and industry sector created around 1,174 new jobs, bringing the sector’s total full-time workforce to over 39,000. More than 300 more Qataris were employed by the sector in 2013.
Data reported by all of these companies shows that the sector’s workforce grew by 3.1%, leading to a stable Qatari rate of 25% and a female employee rate of 10%. The number of hours of training provided to employees increased by more than 169,000 hours (total 1 million hours) to reach an average of 30 hours of training per employee.