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Qatar scraps September deadline to phase out energy-hungry AC units

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
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The Ministry of Environment has indefinitely shelved plans to phase out energy-hungry domestic air conditioning (A/C) units pending further study, the Peninsula reports.

The announcement comes three months after officials said that only eco-friendly units would be sold in Qatar stores starting this fall.

The goal of rolling out these new units was to help cut electricity consumption in Qatar, which has soared in recent years due to the growing population.

Time running out

According to the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-16, domestic AC units account for two-thirds (67 percent) of total residential power consumption.

With less than two years to go to fulfill the strategy, finding greener ways of cooling homes has become a priority for authorities.

But this week, Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, assistant undersecretary for laboratory and specifications at the MOE, said that a new committee has been formed to look into eco-friendly AC units.

“This is to avoid importing defective air conditioners. We need to study the durability and effectiveness of the new A/Cs for a long time before importing,” Al Kuwari said.

Meanwhile, the MOE has also fallen behind an April deadline to stop importing tungsten (incandescent) light bulbs, in favor of energy-efficient LED bulbs.

Officials in Qatar have been talking about phasing out old ACs and lightbulbs for years, but the relative higher cost of energy-efficient models has made implementation difficult.

Al Kuwari told local media that a decision on the import ban would be made “soon.”

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The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago

“This is to avoid importing defective air conditioners. We need to study the durability and effectiveness of the new A/Cs for a long time before importing,” Al Kuwari said. What a joke excuse. More smoke and mirrors for those who don’t understand AC but absolutely laughable to we that do. The latest generation economical 410A refrigerant units have been on the market over 10 years and have proved themselves without question. This is so Qatar can continue to install the outdated energy guzzling R22 units – because being 3 generations old they are CHEAP. And Qatar gets away with it because R22 is to be banned here 5 years later than in Europe due to Qatar being a “developing country”. Never mind the planet Qatar – you just keep going on your merry way.

Scarletti
Scarletti
5 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

hocus pocus – like the specification for all diesel engines in Qatar – running 5-6 year old dirty diesel because there is no will to enforce cleaner technology

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
5 years ago

It would make me laugh it it weren’t so sad to see the incompetence of the authorities again.

Chilidog
Chilidog
5 years ago

“You mean we have to actually do something? We can’t just declare it and say inshala and it happens?” smh….

Ibrahim Ali
Ibrahim Ali
5 years ago

Yea, true, otherwise the authority should have prosecuted you for your illegal, unethical and immoral work with students.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  Ibrahim Ali

I don’t think anyone can claim to be moral in Qatar.

Ibrahim Ali
Ibrahim Ali
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

What he is doing is highly unethical. Of course, like most expats, the standard of ethics vanishes upon the slight sight of money.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  Ibrahim Ali

Can you elaborate?

Ibrahim Ali
Ibrahim Ali
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

see above.

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
5 years ago
Reply to  Ibrahim Ali

Are you saying that the slight sight of money further strengthens the moral and ethical standards of non-expats?

Observant One
Observant One
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

And that’s why I left.

Qt
Qt
5 years ago
Reply to  Ibrahim Ali

Whats the illegal, unethical and immoral work that he did?

Ibrahim Ali
Ibrahim Ali
5 years ago
Reply to  Qt

He is helping college students cheat for little sum of money.

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
5 years ago
Reply to  Ibrahim Ali

Are you suggesting that he should be getting more money from the students? 🙂

Ibrahim Ali
Ibrahim Ali
5 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

Your attempts to make humors statements are as terrible, very immature.

Observant One
Observant One
5 years ago
Reply to  Ibrahim Ali

Whoaa!Back up the bus Ibrahim big call!

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago
Reply to  Ibrahim Ali

Deleting for attack and subsequent thread.

May Chance
May Chance
5 years ago

Would this decision be related to landlords suddenly realizing their bottom line will be negatively impacted as they would have to replace not only AC units but also possibly lighting fixtures?

DohaGold
DohaGold
5 years ago
Reply to  May Chance

I think this is for new AC installations only and for replacement light bulbs where applicable. Would still affect bottom line but surely by not that much!

May Chance
May Chance
5 years ago
Reply to  DohaGold

But I have at least 4 different types of light fixtures none of which are standard and all require my landlord’s maintenance guys for replacement.

DohaGold
DohaGold
5 years ago
Reply to  May Chance

Thats why i said “where applicable”.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago

We need a Ministry of Delays who can make these announcements. Officially approved excuses are: (can be used for anything)

We are a developing country
It needs to be mulled further
It’s Israel’s fault
It’s worse in America
Expat management stole the money
We are only a small country it doesn’t matter
Inshallah
Bukra inshallah

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

And once you run out of excuses you form a new committee to study the matter and advise. In this particular case, the new Eco-friendly A/C Committee Members are likely to visit all countries that have already banned the old A/C’s, study their experience and in two years time report that more studies are needed.

Observant One
Observant One
5 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

This process isn’t limited to Qatar…Ive worked for organisations in the West who follow exactly that pattern!

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
5 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Agreed, the process is not limited to Qatar. However, the per diems Qatari business travelers receive are second to none.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  al-Lalal

haha, yes the per diem run. I remember in a previous company one local wanted to go on a training course in Australia for 2 weeks, when the training guy told him he found an almost identical course in Dubai and its only a week his response was:
“I don’t want to go there”

Simon
Simon
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Give these guys a break! They are entitled to mull things over, change their mind, and announce un-thought out schemes, as many times as they like. That’s what ‘advanced nations’ do. 15 years to go.

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago
Reply to  Simon

lol

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago

As agreed worldwide in the Montreal Protocol, by 2015 production of R22 should have been cut in developing countries to 5% of base need to allow for maintenance. The end-date for the use of R22 gas in developing countries is 2020. It makes absolutely no sense to install a R22 unit now when it will be illegal in 5 years time. If Qatar doesn’t start acting now it will either have an incredible bill in 2020 or you’ll find that the AC in your dwelling can’t be repaired after 2020 as there is no R22 to recharge it and the only option for the landlord will be to install a modern unit at the princely sum of about QAR10000 per unit. That will bring water to the landlord’s eyes.

dubious
dubious
5 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

I suppose that gives them justification for that year’s rent increase at least…

Chilidog
Chilidog
5 years ago

Why don’t they just start installing the secret amazing super efficient cooling technology that they promised for the 2022 stadiums? Wait, what, it doesn’t exist?

Scarletti
Scarletti
5 years ago

more hollow promises !

Bajn
Bajn
5 years ago

Dont those water dripping window ACs add to the charm of Najma and Musheirib? They’ll be phased out after Somalia phases them out maybe.

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