Loughborough University
Browse
11361_Al-Habaibeh.pdf (304.06 kB)

An investigation into domestic energy consumption behaviour and public awareness of renewable energy in Qatar

Download (304.06 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 2024-02-06, 16:14 authored by Wadha Al-Marri, Amin Al-Habaibeh, Matthew WatkinsMatthew Watkins

Governments around the world are trying to find viable solutions for reducing carbon emissions and pollution, one of the primary sources of which is domestic household consumption. Although Qatar is rich in fossil fuel energy resources, there is a strategic drive towards sustainability to decrease energy consumption overall whilst increasing the nation's dependence on clean and renewable energy. One of the areas to enhance sustainability is through reducing and managing the energy demands and habits of domestic users. This research examines the current energy use in Qatar with a view to making recommendations in regard to challenging and improving consumer behaviour in respect to energy efficiency. A mixed methods approach was untaken consisting of both qualitative and quantitative data. Quantitative data was gathered from a wide spread survey of n = 410 Qatari based consumers in regard to their energy consumption behaviour, investigating avenues for enabling sustainable behaviour change. The qualitative data was been collected by interviewing a panel of energy experts in Qatar. The purpose of this research study is to gain valuable insight into Qatari resident's energy consumption behaviour and perception of renewable energy and sustainability. The results will help to identify solutions to Qatar's high consumption of electricity per capita. This study has further implications amongst similar nations and states to address energy consumptions where there is a natural abundance of fossil fuel energy resources. This study has found that user's education and awareness of the environmental impact is dependent on efficient energy monitoring and usage. However, due to the presence of energy subsidies in Qatar, citizens are not inclined to modify their energy consumption behaviour through economic means. This suggests that a greater awareness of the effects of excessive energy use is required through sustainability education to motivate behaviour change. The results of this study were analysed using self-determination and hierarchal needs theories, indicating that education and public engagement and awareness are the best options for domestic energy conservation in Qatar.

Funding

Cultural Attaché Office, Embassy of the State of Qatar in the UK

History

School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Sustainable Cities and Society

Volume

41

Issue

2018

Pages

639 - 646

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in Sustainable Cities and Society published by Elsevier. The final publication is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2018.06.024. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

2018-06-16

Publication date

2018-06-19

Copyright date

2018

ISSN

2210-6707

eISSN

2210-6715

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Matthew Watkins. Deposit date: 2 February 2024

Usage metrics

    Loughborough Publications

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC