In November 2012, Qatar hosted the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference. At the convention, Qatar, along with other Gulf states Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, said they will be making efforts to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by reforming their energy sectors through the introduction of renewable energy sources. Qatar has also demonstrated strategies for investing and developing solar technologies. Although Qatar is the world’s fourth leading exporter of liquid natural gas, it is also the smallest of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and faces financial and technological obstacles in order for an energy sector reform to be counted a success.

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