QGBC seminar discusses waste management initiatives

May 18, 2014 - 5:02:50 am
Professor Neil Kirkpatrick, Sustainability Manager at Parsons Brinkerhoff, speaking at the QGBC seminar.

DOHA: The Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) organised a seminar bringing together the country’s leading management experts to review Qatar’s long-term waste management initiatives and suggest solutions to tackle the issue.

In recent years, waste generation in Qatar has grown significantly posing a challenge for the country’s waste management industry.

Economic and industrial expansion, the challenge of urbanisation and population growth, and a lack of recycling facilities mean that 2.5 million tonnes of waste are now produced by the state’s residents and companies each year. 

Using QGBC’s ‘No Paper Day campaign’ as a starter for discussion, Neil Kirkpatrick, Sustainability Manager at Parsons Brinkerhoff, said: “The last two editions of this campaign have achieved a lot in terms of raising awareness about waste reduction in Qatar. We should strive for long-lasting change through such campaigns led by Qatar Green Building Council which can be stimulus for real change in Qatar.”

The No Paper Day initiative in April witnessed 20 major national and multinational companies coming together to promote recycling and sustainable paper use. Building on the achievements of last year, participating firms reduced their paper consumption by an astonishing 73 percent on the day.

Speaking about the seminar, QGBC’s Director Eng Meshal Al Shamari, said: “Qatar Green Building Council is proud to play a vital role in promoting strategies to reduce waste. By raising public awareness about the role each individual can play in preserving the country’s habitat for future generations, we will help support the sustainability goals of the Qatar Nation Vision 2030. 

The Peninsula

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