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HE the Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada has stressed the need for reducing environmental concerns about plastic by raising public awareness on the reuse and recycling of the material.

"With a wide range of unique properties plastics have earned an essential status in society, making life both easier and safer. However, the chemical building blocks that make plastics so versatile are the same components that could harm both people and the environment," al-Sada said in a message to the Plastic Awareness Forum in Doha yesterday.

Al-Sada's speech was delivered by Qapco chairman, Hamad Rashid al-Mohannadi, also QP vice-chairman.

Furthermore, the production and disposal of the lightweight, inexpensive material contributes to an array of environmental problems that extend beyond the effect on humans to littering the environment and endangering lives of many plant and animal species on this planet.

"One solution is to treat plastic as a reusable material rather than as a disposable commodity. It is too easy just to throw plastics away. Lifting the environmental concerns and building awareness to a new level through public awareness programmes such this can educate the population on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics as a least desirable action to address this challenge.

"This way we can help build a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly State of Qatar, and cultivate a sense of environmental responsibility within society that would spare future generations of an unwanted legacy of contamination."

The overarching goal of sustainable development is to create an economy that assures future generations' prosperity but with a quality of life unconstrained by shortages or inherited environmental damages, al-Sada said.

"We must remember Qatar's National Vision 2030, set forth by the visionary leadership of HH the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, which places significant emphasis on the environmental development of our country. One of the four pillars of this vision stresses the importance of managing the environment and ensuring harmony between economic growth, social development and environmental protection.

"One of the desired outcomes of the National Development Strategy is to build and strengthen public awareness about environmental protection, and encourage the use of environmental friendly technologies.

I am happy that the aim of this campaign is to raise awareness about how plastics contribute to our quality of life, and clear some of the misconceptions about them. It's a compelling and ground-breaking initiative in line with our National Development Strategy."

Holding the forum is both timely and commendable since Qatar's future is going to be closely associated with the development and growth of the oil, gas, and petrochemical Industries, while at the same time ensuring the utmost care for the country's environment and the well-being of its society.

"By embracing the concept of sustainable development and environmental protection, we all show our full commitment to the Qatar's National Vision 2030," al-Sada said.

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Date:Mar 2, 2012
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