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Optimum dust control strategies implemented for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums

Jul 27,2020

Dr Yousef Alhorr - GORD
Engineer Bodour Al Meer


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 the SC. In fact, most of these venues have managed to be awarded with the highest recognition for dust control under GSAS-CM.

Dust control is one of the main activities audited by the sustainability experts at the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD). Based on a project’s performance in 25 criteria within eight categories that cover aspects from environmental conservation and pollution mitigation to workers’ welfare and safety on site, GSAS-CM auditors witness on-site construction practices to decide the sustainability fulfillment at the stadiums.

“As Qatar continues its urban built development, we are seeing a range of environmental issues arising from the construction phase that need to be tackled. To address these problems, GORD has developed GSAS Construction Management (GSAS-CM) certification which looks into the onsite construction process and practices carried out by contractors and builders,” said Dr. Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chairman of GORD.

Speaking about the dust mitigation aspect of GSAS-CM, Dr. Alhorr added, “To reduce air pollution coming from dust, GSAS-CM provides methodologies for monitoring as well as mitigation. These have been implemented in the construction of stadiums and in many other construction sites all over Qatar.”

With dust management being an integral part of the stadiums' environmental performance, all eight venues for Qatar 2022 are targeting the highest sustainability certifications under the GSAS framework.

Speaking about the work of the SC in ensuring the sustainability of World Cup venues, Engineer Bodour Al Meer, the SC’s Sustainability & Environment Senior Manager, said, “Stadiums are the heart of any football tournament. These are the places where cherished memories for players, spectators and organizers are created. We have built our stadiums for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar with long-term sustainability and environmental management as core concepts. To ensure tangible and credible sustainability outcomes, we have implemented the GSAS certification system.”

Al Meer added, “Everyone involved in stadium construction understands the value of sustainability and protecting the environment. By working together, we have created a genuine learning legacy of environmental protection and sustainable development in the design and construction sector.”

All World Cup projects in Qatar have adopted a range of dust control strategies to curb their carbon footprint right from construction phase.

Click here to read GORD's latest blog detailing these dust mitigation measures.



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