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The ongoing UN climate change talks in Doha have put a focus on global efforts to save the environment. Instead of just talking about how to fight climate change -- The Doha conference itself is also making its own changes.

Guan Xin said, "A side effect of any major conference is the large volume of paper used at this year's Doha conference, the adoption of a paper-free system reduced paper use by an amazing 90 percent compared to last year's conference."

At previous conferences, about 5 million sheets of paper were used. But here apps for smart phones and tablet computers are provided so participants have free and easy access to all the documents they need.

Fahad Bin Mohammed al Attiyah, Chairman of Organizing Sub-Committee, said, "We have cut on emissions simply by emissions as a result."

And the convention center hosting the event is also a demonstration of sustainability. The venue has 3,500 square meters of solar panels which will provide for 12.5 percent of the building's power demand. The solar power system offsets 1,140 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

But the Gulf country still relies heavily on fossil fuels. The country has the world's highest per capita carbon emissions. It is hoped the legacy of this year's conference will shape its future sustainability.

While negotiations and meetings are critical to producing climate change policies, action is more important than talks.


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