Muscat: The Environment Authority has launched workshops for various sectors under the umbrella of the National Zero Neutrality Program, aimed at following up and implementing the national strategy for an orderly transition to zero neutrality.
In its first week of September 3 - 5, the workshops include discussing plans for the electricity sector in 2023, to be followed by discussing plans for the cities and buildings sector, the transportation sector, the industrial sector, the oil and gas sector, and other possible sectors.
The Sultanate of Oman is one of the countries that hastened to announce the strategic direction to reach zero neutrality by 2050, as per the directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik in October 2022.
The Sultanate has been added to the list of countries that have adopted a national strategy in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
In the first week, the workshops discuss the introduction to the electricity sector, the targets for reaching zero neutrality, the initiatives and projects implemented in the sector, and the main challenges and possibilities. The workshops also include working mechanisms to solve challenges and provide all possibilities to reach the Sultanate of Oman’s goal of zero emissions by 2050.
A number of representatives of governmental and private bodies and a group of academics and experts from the Oman Investment Authority, Nama for Power and Water Purchase, Nama for Electricity Distribution, the Public Services Regulatory Authority, Nama for Dhofar Services, OQ, and Hydrom are participating in the workshops in the first week.
Zero neutrality is defined as seeking to achieve a balance between the amounts of emissions released into the atmosphere compared to the amount of reduction to reach the zero goal.
Work is underway in the Sultanate of Oman to implement the path through the guiding principles for an orderly and balanced transition, and to enable means of environmental sustainability.