This morning, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, under the patronage and presence of His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, signed a memorandum of understanding with the ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ), at Qatar Science and Technology Park, with the aim of joint cooperation in the fields of scientific and technological research and the provision of technical advice, in addition to providing training opportunities and exchanging experts between the two sides.
This came on the sidelines of ExxonMobil Qatar’s celebration to unveil the center’s new brand identity, which reflects its commitment to supporting and developing new technologies for nature-based solutions.
The signing of the memorandum was attended by a number of officials from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Mr. Dominic Genetti, President and General Manager of ExxonMobil Qatar, Mr. Yousef Al-Salhi, Executive Director of Qatar Science and Technology Park, Dr. David Palandro, Vice President and Director of ExxonMobil Research Center Qatar, and representatives of Qatar Energy, Qatar Energy LNG, the scientific and local community, along with an elite group of distinguished partners in the scientific and academic community.
In his speech at the ceremony, His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani stressed the vision of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, which relies on scientific research in preserving the environment, and adopting the latest findings of modern studies in the field of achieving sustainable development, indicating that the Ministry is expanding its partnership during the past period with many national research centers and institutions, which included Qatar University, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha University of Science and Technology, and the Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development.
His Excellency pointed out that joint work with research and scientific institutions contributes to exchanging benefits and developing a unified vision to work on developing, enriching and preserving the local environment, as well as developing scientific solutions to overcome all challenges, which are represented in achieving sustainable development in all sectors of the country, and combating the effects of the phenomenon of climate change, in addition to exchanging constructive ideas and learning about the latest scientific research in those research institutions in related fields.
His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani mentioned the shared history of cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and ExxonMobil, which included the dugong protection project, and the geological studies carried out by the center in the “Dahl Al-Misfer” cave, in addition to training programs and technical support in the field of analysis and monitoring. He expressed his hope that the memorandum of understanding will be a central point in the process of joint work, and a starting point to support the Ministry’s efforts to protect the Qatari environment and preserve its vital components.
Dr Palandro explains the vision behind the center’s transition, “This transition is an opportunity to build on our strong research past and move into nature-based solutions. Our focus on nature-based solutions is to promote their actions to protect and restore ecosystems that address socioeconomic and environmental challenges to benefit people and nature.”
“We believe that the application of nature-based and nature-inspired solutions with our Qatari partners, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, QatarEnergy, and QatarEnergy LNG, will lead to impactful projects for the State of Qatar. We’re excited to push the boundaries of knowledge and innovation at our center with the support of our partners,” he added.