Tarsheed, the National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency launched by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA), announced the official inauguration of the ‘Electric Car Charging Stations Project – Phase 1’ of the ‘Green Car Initiative’ in Qatar.
The inauguration was held at the KAHRAMAA Awareness Park (KAP) in the presence of KAHRAMAA President, Engineer Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari. Speaking on the initiative, Al Kuwari narrated the agreement signed between KAHRAMAA, the Ministry of Energy and Industry, and the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
He said that the agreement stemmed from the country’s understanding of the importance of providing future generations with clean, healthy, and safe environment, in line with the National Development Strategy II. He emphasised the reason for Tarsheed which was launched almost six years ago.
When we launched Tarsheed almost six years ago, our goal was to create a culture of conservation and encourage the preservation of our country’s resources, for ourselves and for the next generations.
Our project is an example for our short-term plans to raise awareness and develop the right infrastructure for green cars in Qatar. It is part of a long-term strategic plan set by our wise leadership to develop regulations and policies and build the necessary infrastructure to ensure the success and sustainability of green cars.’
Phase 1 of the project is a collaboration with Tarsheed, Siemens Qatar, and Alfardan Group. Alfardan Real Estate Group will be providing three electric car charging stations at some of its most prominent properties. Omar Hussain Alfardan, President and CEO of Alfardan Group, said they remain steadfast in their commitment to uphold the initiatives of the government.
Through this partnership, we confirm our full cooperation with KAHRAMAA and Siemens Qatar to deliver clean technologies to the country for a successful implementation of the electric car stations project.
Siemens Qatar meanwhile, oversees the technical aspect of Phase 1. Siemens Qatar CEO Adrian Wood said they are proud to be providing the technology for the first-ever electric car charging stations in Qatar and to support the development of efficient and sustainable city infrastructure.
Globally, we use innovation and technology to build modern, digitalised and highly sustainable cities, and our partnership with Tarsheed is a key step forward in Qatar’s transition to a greener future.’
The electric car charging station launched this Tuesday at the KAP is one of nine stations across Qatar. By the end of this project, charging stations will be located in various areas around Qatar: KAHRAMAA Awareness Park (KAP), KAHRAMAA Headquarters, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The St. Regis Doha, Alfardan Towers, Qatar Foundation Headquarters, Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), Msheireb Downtown Doha, and Ezdan Mall Al Wakra.
A number of partners from different sectors are expected to come together to help provide electric and hybrid cars, establish the proper infrastructure needed, and raise awareness and encourage the public to use these cars.
Electric and Hybrid Cars Exhibit
An exhibition displaying different electric and hybrid cars was held on the sideline of the launch at the KAHRAMAA Awareness Park. The exhibition will run until Thursday, from 9 am to 1 pm. Among the exhibitors are some of the most prominent car dealers in the country: Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros, Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co, Nasser bin Khaled Automobiles and Alfardan Automobiles.
Qatar has also recently participated at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Parties – COP23 – to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, to renew its commitment to translating the outcomes of the Paris Climate Agreement into concrete steps and successful projects towards reducing the impact of global warming and achieving sustainable development. This goal was also included in Qatar National Vision 2030.