Not sure how to tackle air pollution caused by your projects? These are some simple strategies any project can learn from the World Cup stadiums in Qatar.
Over the past few years, Qatar has evolved in more ways than one. Today, Doha’s skyline looks evidently different from what it was a decade ago. This transformation points to not just a boost in construction activity but also reflects the country’s thriving growth trajectory in terms of economic, political and social development. Whilst a large part of this ongoing development had been charted out in Qatar National Vision 2030, the successful bidding for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ expedited a range of construction and infrastructure projects. The rise in construction and building activities, however, has also raised concerns about their impact on the environment.
A significant part of air pollution attributed to construction is associated with the particulate matter and dust resulting from different construction stages of building and infrastructure projects. The issue is even more critical for Qatar because of its desert climate which already presents heavy concentrations of these pollutants, especially with frequent dust storms. That said, a number of measures can effectively control dust related air pollution, not just for the workers on site but also the wider neighborhoods surrounding the project. Given the political will and a genuine concern for the natural environment, organizations can significantly bring down the potential amount of dust resulting from their construction projects.
Such dust mitigation measures have been taken by a range of mega projects in Qatar including all eight stadiums proposed for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. As a part of its sustainability strategy, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has committed to implement an exclusive green certification – titled GSAS Construction Management (GSAS-CM) – specifically aimed to improve projects’ environmental performance during construction. A fundamental part of GSAS-CM certification is dust control, which has been exercised by all eight venues and permanent offices of SC. In fact, most of these venues have managed to be awarded with the highest recognition for dust control under GSAS-CM.
Here are some strategies to control dust during construction, all of which have been employed by SC for stadiums across Qatar: