Qatar to count emissions from World Cup shuttle flights

Nov 14, 2022, 9:53 PM | Updated: Nov 15, 2022, 12:26 pm
FILE - A Qatar Airways aircraft takes off with foreigners from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, o...

FILE - A Qatar Airways aircraft takes off with foreigners from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 9, 2021. World Cup host nation Qatar, said Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, that it will count emissions produced from daily flights ferrying fans during the tournament between the Gulf emirates toward the event’s overall carbon footprint. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

              The airplane carrying England national soccer team arrives at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, ahead of the upcoming World Cup. England will play their first match in the World Cup against Iran on Nov. 21. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
            
              FILE - A man takes a selfie with a sign reading in English" Fifa World Cup, Qatar 2022" at the corniche in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. With no soccer tradition but billions in oil money, Qatar is the latest Persian Gulf nation using sports to try to burnish its image on the global stage. The host of the 2022 World Cup is smaller than Connecticut and has a population of fewer than 3 million. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
            
              FILE - A Qatar Airways aircraft takes off with foreigners from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 9, 2021. World Cup host nation Qatar, said Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, that it will count emissions produced from daily flights ferrying fans during the tournament between the Gulf emirates toward the event’s overall carbon footprint. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

World Cup host nation Qatar said Tuesday it will count emissions produced from daily flights ferrying fans during the tournament between the Gulf emirates toward the event’s overall carbon footprint.

Qatar claims the monthlong tournament kicking off Sunday will be “carbon neutral,” but environmental experts have questioned how rigorous its plan to count and offset all the event’s emissions is.

There had been questions in recent months when airliners including Qatar Airways and FlyDubai said they would increase the number of daily flights between Doha and nearby Gulf cities to transport thousands of fans spending the night outside Qatar.

The host nation is smaller than the U.S. state of Connecticut and does not have enough hotel rooms to accommodate the tournament’s more than 1.2 million expected fans.

Qatar’s environment minister Sheikh Faleh bin Nasser bin Ahmed bin Ali Al Thani told The Associated Press that the emissions of the daily flights would be counted.

Speaking in Egypt at the U.N. climate conference, Sheikh Faleh said he was certain Qatar would “lead the standard” in achieving a climate-friendly sporting event.

Qatar is one of the world’s top exporters of liquefied natural gas. Last year, it outlined a national climate change action plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030.

Sheikh Faleh told delegates at the COP27 meeting that Qatar would continue “working to translate these ambitions to facts.”

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