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Mena faces up to carbon emissions challenge

Promoting economic development and meeting climate-change commitments is a tricky balancing act, particularly for the Middle East and North Africa's hydrocarbon-fuelled states. Justin Dargin looks at the challenges - and the possible solutions

The rise in energy consumption in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region over the past 20 years has been dramatic. The region now records some of the highest  per capita energy consumption rates in the world. However, many observers often overlook this phenomenon due to a focus on the consumption patterns of other emerging markets, such as the BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The assumption that the region contains nearly limitless amounts of hydrocarbons and that its export potential could never be endangered further compounded this neglect. Nonetheless, since the early 2000s, the Mena region has emerged as one of the highest energy consuming regions

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