Posted on March 10, 2018

Sustainability and environmental experts from the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) have joined forces to share knowledge at stadium construction sites.

More than 30 professionals recently took part in workshops at Lusail Stadium and Qatar Foundation Stadium. These are the first in a series of sessions that are helping highlight lessons learned and best practices in relation to sustainability planning, design and implementation, reported on Thursday. Further workshops at Al Wakrah Stadium and Al Thumama Stadium will take place in the coming weeks. The event was organised following the SC’s inaugural Knowledge Transfer Day, which took place in November last year. 

Bodour al-Meer, the SC’s Sustainability & Environmental manager, described the visits as a "unique learning opportunity" for everyone involved in the project. “Preparing the infrastructure to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup is a unique challenge for Qatar, but it also offers a unique opportunity,” she said. “Never before has a host nation delivered so many stadiums concurrently, and not only are we committed to delivering world-class stadiums to host this mega event, but we are also committed to delivering projects that will leave a sustainable legacy."

Al-Meer continued, “Currently, we have seven active stadium construction sites, all fully committed to Qatar’s sustainability pledge. Across these projects, within the staff, consultants and contractors working there, we have amassed a wealth of information and experience from across the world. These workshops give us the opportunity to regularly bring these people together as one team, to observe, learn and share knowledge in this crucial area.”

Achieving sustainable development forms a key part of Qatar National Vision 2030, and each of the eight proposed 2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums has been designed and developed with the future in mind, the report states. The recently completed Khalifa International Stadium was awarded a four-star rating under the Global Sustainability Assessment System certification in November 2017, and plans are in place to achieve the same standard across every 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament venue. A commitment to the future, al-Meer says, is at the heart of everything the SC does.

“The significance of initiatives such as this cannot be understated,” she noted. “We are determined to create venues that people can be proud of for generations to come. We use environment-friendly practices and materials, and harness the power of low-energy solutions wherever and whenever we have the opportunity. "Our commitment as a programme is not only to 2022, but long beyond that – and maximising the learning opportunities the next few years will present forms a crucial and key part of that strategy.”

source: Gulf Times