Sustainability: Qatar

September 2021

Qatar stands in the top half in the Environmental Sustainability Index globally, but is dragged down by its high pollution levels and low forest and biodiversity availability. Moreover, the country has almost no freshwater resources, extremely low precipitation and poor environmental protection. Nevertheless, a strong energy sector and high food affordability lead to higher rankings in the energy, and food and agriculture pillars.

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Sustainability: Qatar



Levels of renewables are low, while Qatar is further expanding its LNG projects
Qatar remains one of the most affected countries in the world by air pollution
Aquatic environment suffers from large amounts of pollution
Water consumption is predicted to increase significantly
Qatar needs to improve food security, as domestic agriculture sector remains weak
Technology-driven climate change coping capacities help Qatar to withstand the heat


Chart 1 Environmental Sustainability Index Qatar Chart 2 Global Sustainability Ranking: Qatar Chart 3 Energy Ranking: Qatar Chart 4 Energy Availability Landscape in Qatar Chart 5 Energy Efficiency, Security and Equity Landscape in Qatar Chart 6 Pollution Ranking: Qatar Chart 7 Air Pollution in Qatar Chart 8 Waste and Water Pollution Landscape in Qatar Chart 9 Forest and Biodiversity Ranking: Qatar Chart 10 Forest and Biodiversity Landscape in Qatar Chart 11 Water Ranking: Qatar Chart 12 Water Availability, Equity and Security Landscape in Qatar Chart 13 Water Security and Efficiency Landscape in Qatar Chart 14 Food and Agriculture Ranking: Qatar Chart 15 Food and Agriculture Landscape in Qatar Chart 16 Role of Agriculture in the Economy of Qatar Chart 17 Environmental Resilience Ranking: Qatar Chart 18 Environmental Resilience Landscape in Qatar

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