Environmentalists urged Qatar to announce targets for reducing CO2 emissions

 Environmental groups at the UN conference on climate in Doha, Qatar call, who heads the negotiating process and to declare their voluntary targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the near future, officials said Climate Action Network on Monday.

More than 17,000 delegates, experts and journalists gathered in the capital of Qatar, to attend a UN conference on climate change. As expected, the main themes of a two-week meeting, which opened on November 26, will be the conditions of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and its mechanisms for raising funds in the Green Climate Fund.

"Qatar has to play (in the negotiations) a very significant role … Unfortunately they have not shown that serious about climate change. It is important that as soon as possible, perhaps in the beginning of this week, Qatar proved to the world that the fight against climate change is high on his list of priorities, "- said at a press conference, Director of Climate Action Network Wael Hmaidan (Wael Hmaidan).

He noted that "the best way to do this would be to submit a voluntary target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020." Qatar, along with some other Gulf countries, has not yet submitted its voluntary plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, which developed and developing countries to build on the Copenhagen Accord of 2009.

"We hope that they will make a statement today or in the next couple of days," — said Hmaidan.

The decision to hold the final conference in 2012 in Qatar, which was announced a year ago at the talks in South Africa, has disappointed many environmental activists. Environmentalists have repeatedly said that the OPEC member country with the world's highest greenhouse gas emissions per capita need to show more political leadership to the conference was a success.

Conference Chairman, former energy minister of Qatar, Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah at a press conference on Monday, said that the rate of greenhouse gas emissions per capita may be "biased" against the small countries.

According to him, Qatar has made significant progress, especially in solar power, "green" technologies of associated petroleum gas, and carbon capture and storage (carbon capture and storage, CCS). In addition, the country has fulfilled its goal of environmental policy in 2007-2011.

"Right now, Qatar is a good" credit history "execution (climatic) goals … I believe that Qatar — a perfect place for conferences," — said al-Attiyah, noting that the country "is not oblivious to the fact that oil and gas — it is non-renewable resources. "

However, the chairman of the conference did not answer reporters' questions about a possible target of Qatar for the period up to 2020.

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