Towards Green future

 02 Dec 2017 - 15:06

The Peninsula

Qatar is making tremendous strides in advancing sustainable development goals. With the prospect of a sustainable and green future high on the agenda and its commitment to international community’s fight against climate change, Qatar has taken a huge step forward in creating a strong sustainable environment on all development projects in the run up to FIFA 2022 World Cup and beyond.

Highlighting Qatar’s achievements in this area during the Sustainability Summit 2017, which Doha hosted recently, Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada said Qatar Petroleum (QP) has implemented several projects to reduce harmful carbon emissions, the (Zero Flaring) project in Al Shaheen field, being one among them.

Qatar, being the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), contributes to reducing carbon emissions through the use of gas to generate energy instead of coal and oil, as it is one of the cleanest sources of fuel, the Minister said.

Sustainability is at the forefront of many ongoing projects. Blockade imposed on Qatar by the siege countries has helped to move further on the path of sustainability. Kahramaa and relevant partners are cooperating to adopt the first renewable energy strategy to diversify energy sources and reduce harmful emissions.

Lusail City, the largest and most modern multi-use city in Qatar, has adopted the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) standards for all its buildings, making it among the most sustainable cities in the world.

Qatar Rail, one of the largest and most sustainable infrastructure projects, too has set strict environmental requirements for the design, construction and operation of all stations.

The adoption of GSAS standards has proved to be a boon for many. The Gulf Organization for Research and Development awarded sustainability awards to a number of local companies and organizations for their leadership and commitment to follow the best sustainability procedures in designing, building and operation different types of real estate development projects.
Kahramaa Awareness Park received a Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) 5 stars certificate for design and build, while Khalifa International Stadium, Mwani Qatar headquarters, National Museum of Qatar and Milaha Maritime and Logistics storage received GSAS 4 stars certificate.

The construction of the 2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums, Qatar Rail, Lusail City, Ashghal’s facilities, new Hamad Port, Hamad Medical City and the economic zones projects are all being implemented in compliance with GSAS standards.

Qatar has achieved incredible milestones in the areas of sustainability and is working towards providing a greener future to generations in years to come.