With the Middle East so often in the news, it is sometimes easy to forget that the region is actually one of the major growing economic areas of the world. An important aspect of this development is the way in which environmentally friendly projects are playing an increasing part, and how individual eco-conscious philanthropists are getting involved.
Although the Middle East is famous for oil and gas resources and production, recent multi-billion dollar investments have seen an emphasis on creating a solar and wind-powered future. The region is responsible for a large proportion of the fossil fuel use around the rest of the world, and it is no different at home in the Middle East where domestic energy production accounts for the majority of carbon emissions.
Industrial by-products, such as petrochemicals and other potentially environmentally damaging substances, have long had a detrimental effect on atmospheric health. This is one of the main reasons why oil-exporting nations have begun significant public spending on financing green power initiatives. However, wealthy individuals are also playing their part.
When the world’s leading oil exporter announces plans to develop the most ambitious clean energy project in the world, you know something big is happening. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) project aims to make the most of sunlight, which is the region’s other major natural resource other than fossil fuels. By 2032, the Saudis plan that one-third of their power grid will come from solar energy.
The United Arab Emirates’ “city of the future” is planned to become the world’s most carbon-neutral residential and business area, again by relying solely on solar power. The project will cost Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan over $3 billion per square kilometer.
Another major name playing a significant part in the process is philanthropist Ehsanollah Bayat, whose Bayat Foundation is helping with water projects in Afghanistan. A successful Afghan entrepreneur who has committed a great deal of his time to helping rebuild his native country, Bayat gained his bachelor of science in engineering technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1986. In 1998, Bayat established the Florida-based telecommunications company Telephone Systems International, Inc. in order to develop a commercial telephone network in Afghanistan. He returned to Afghanistan after the Taliban was ousted from power in 2001, and a year later, the Afghan Wireless Communications Company came into being as a partnership between his company and the Afghan Ministry of Communications. More recently, Bayat has turned his attention to green projects, particularly targeting the problems associated with supplying clean water to the population of Afghanistan.
With the future of the way we use energy never far from the headlines, the importance of a global approach to solving regional problems is ever more important. With entrepreneurs and philanthropists such as Ehsanollah Bayat involved, you can be sure that innovative and creative solutions will be found to enrich the lives of everyone on the planet.