The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) Secretary General Abbas Al-Naqi expected on Wednesday a hike in primary energy demand by 60 percent in year 2040. He added in remarks to KUNA that this forecast was indicated in a number of reports on the energy demand during the period 2010-2040.
Fossil fuel which is currently representing more than 80 percent of the total demand on energy worldwide, will continue to meet the international energy needs, and will remain as the main source of energy for a number of decades ahead, he said. Al-Naqi expected the fossil fuel sources to contribute to offering energy by 87 percent in year 2040.
"Expectations confirm the leading role of Middle East region and North Africa in the crude oil trade", he said. There is a great possibility to decrease the pollution and increase the operating capacity in all oil industry activities, he affirmed.
Al-Naqi, who participated lately in the Kuwait International Health, Safety, and Environment Conference which concluded its activities yesterday, stressed on the importance of following the environmental safety procedures in all oil projects and operations.
All OAPEC members are keen in taking all possible measures to reduce pollution, protecting the environment, and decreasing the workplace accidents in all energy facilities, he said. OAPEC member countries are part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agreement and they work hardly in supporting the international efforts related to environmental sustainability.