QNCC to harness solar energy for climate meet

November 15, 2012 - 5:20:29 am

DOHA: Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), one of the most environmentally-friendly large scale event venues of its kind in the world, is harnessing the solar energy to help power the crucial COP18/CMP8 climate talks.

The first of its kind in the region, the Centre’s design includes 3,500 sq metres of solar paneling which will provide up to 12.5 percent of the Centre’s energy needs across the complex each day during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP18/CMP8). The roof’s impressive solar energy system produces 1,225 MWh of electricity and offsets 1,140 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. This equates to an impressive 40.8 MWh of electricity produced during the 12 days of the COP18/CMP8 event. 

QNCC is the landmark venue for the Conference, scheduled to take place from November 26 to December 7 with an estimated 17,000 participants attending the Doha round of talks. 

QNCC is the first of its kind designed and built to achieve Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED). As a result, the building is designed to be 32 percent more efficient than buildings of similar size, scope and usage.

Adam Mather-Brown, General Manager of QNCC said: “Energy efficiency was a specific consideration during the design and build phase of the project. Qatar has a desert climate and cooling systems are of paramount importance. The Centre was designed and built to the highest environmental standards and conceived with a focus on sustainability, a feature that complements the objectives of COP18/CMP8.”

The Peninsula