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GORD highlights the economic role of sustainability at Doha Bank’s "Qatar – Land of Opportunities"

Senior leadership from the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) marked their presence at Doha Bank’s leading corporate event "Qatar – Land of Opportunities".

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Al-Attiyah Foundation and GORD Celebrate Partnership Agreement

Al-Attiyah Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the GORD on 12 September 2019, at the St Regis Hotel, Doha.

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Carbon Capture and Storage in the MENA region - what is the future?

Posted by GORD onJan 18,2017

There has been much conversation surrounding the Paris Agreement of late and how we can work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  However, therein still lies a question - what do we do with the greenhouse gases that we produce?

Currently there is some question regarding the efficiency of carbon capture and storage technologies and the actual cost of CCS.  To this end carbon capture tends only to be used where the gases can be collected directly at source at an industrial level, rather than trying to scrub the atmosphere once the gases have ‘escaped’.

Carbon capture and storage as a method of reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere also brings with it its own concerns. Leaks from underwater storage can, for example, lead to the acidification of water, help destroy coral reefs, and have a potentially fatal impact on human life if the storage breach is significant enough.

Regional impacts

Obviously, Qatar and the MENA region produces a large amount of greenhouse gases due to the economic dependence on the oil industry.  Indeed the ‘storage’ of waste gases has already been used to the industry's advantage through CO2 enhanced oil recovery - pumping gas into mature oil fields to ensure that they are as productive as possible for as long as possible.

GSAS (Global Sustainability Assessment System ) the first performance based green building system in the MENA region developed by GORD, was launched in 2009 and is currently applied in GCC countries including Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia & Oman.  Among other sustainability factors, GSAS also addresses the CO2 emission issue by utilizing a building performance indicator to monitor the CO2 emission reduction performance,

The future of Carbon Capture

In September 2012 a 10-year research partnership between Shell, Qatar Petroleum, Imperial College London and the Qatar Science and Technology Park established the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC). The center will help build Qatar’s capacity in CCS and cleaner fossil fuels, involving over 40 academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

In addition to this GORD Institute is also undertaking research into a mathematical optimisation model for the design of integrated carbon capture, transport and storage infrastructure in Qatar.

Carbon Capture is an exciting area of research that has the potential to be at the forefront of the sustainability drive against climate change in the MENA Region.

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Ten sustainability facts you probably didn’t know about the National Museum of Qatar

Posted by on Oct 10,2019

Did you know that 50% of the NMoQ’s building materials have been derived from recycled sources? Or that 98% of the waste generated during the museum’s construction had been diverted from landfills?

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Deploying Solar: Key considerations for PV projects in the Gulf region

Posted by GORD on Jul 24,2019

Design, sizing, installation methods, panel types, cost, life cycle and usage of PV Systems.

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Qatar’s Al Janoub Stadium emerges among world’s most sustainable stadiums with outstanding GSAS rating

Posted by GORD on Jun 13,2019

Ten sustainability facts you should know about Qatar’s Al Janoub Stadium.

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QUIZ: Are You Living A Sustainable Lifestyle?

Posted by on Aug 05,2018

Take this quiz to find out if you are living a sustainable lifestyle. Don't forget to share your result with your friends.

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List of the Most Family-Friendly Neighborhoods in Qatar

Posted by on Jul 25,2018

Here is a list of Qatar’s residential areas that are most suitable for family living. You can choose from a wide range of sustainable residences according to your lifestyle preferences.

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Water recycling in the Middle East – are there multiple solutions?

Posted by GORD on Jan 24,2017

On average a Qatar resident uses nearly 600 litres of water a day*, making the country one of the highest consumers of water globally.

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What is the Solar Energy Potential in the GCC?

Posted by GORD on Jan 15,2017

According to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), close to 60% of GCC’s surface area has excellent suitability for solar PV deployment.

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