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A huge power consumption
The unbridled growth generated by natural gas production has enabled Qatar’s spectacular development since the 2000s. As a result, the country is the world’s largest per capita emitter of CO2 with 45 tonnes per capita per year, far ahead of France (4.6 tonnes) and China (7.5 tonnes). The amount of electricity needed to run air-conditioners – in offices, shops and homes – and to light up the now ultra-modern cities and road network exploded between 2009 and 2019, with a growth rate three times higher than the world average. Total Qatari electricity consumption is now 37.24 billion kWh per year, or about 13,853 kWh per capita. Qatar is entirely self-sufficient in energy with a total electricity production of 40 billion kWh (107% of its needs).
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