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Khalifa International Stadium receives major sustainability award

Khalifa International Stadium receives major sustainability award

Khalifa International Stadium – the first completed tournament venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ – has received a major sustainability certification.

The 40,000-capacity stadium has become the first in the world to be awarded a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), which is administered by Qatar-based Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD).

Qatar’s national stadium, which officially reopened in May of this year, underwent extensive redevelopment that was overseen by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organising body, and the Aspire Zone Foundation. The official four-star certification follows a provisional award announced in June 2016.

Fitted with innovative and energy-efficient cooling technology, the Khalifa International Stadium received the rating during the second annual Sustainability Summit in Doha, which was organised by GORD and sponsored by the SC.

Bodour Al Meer, the SC’s Sustainability & Environmental Manager said:

We are very proud to receive the four-star certification – this is a major achievement for Qatar, the SC and Aspire Zone Foundation, as we strive to meet our ambitious sustainability targets in the lead-up to 2022 and beyond.

In order to obtain GSAS certification, developers must employ leading sustainability practices in the design, construction and operation to minimise a building’s ecological footprint. Khalifa International Stadium’s cooling technology uses an energy recovery system in order to reduce energy consumption. In addition, the stadium features energy-efficient lighting systems and plumbing fixtures.

FIFA’s Head of Sustainability & Diversity, Federico Addiechi, praised Qatar’s commitment to sustainability and said:

It’s great to see that Qatar’s first stadium has successfully received certification so far in advance of the tournament. Also, the fact that such a sophisticated certification system exists and is being widely used in Qatar is very promising.

Stadiums are at the heart of a FIFA World Cup, making them the focus for the sustainable management of the event.

We’re extremely happy with the cooperation between FIFA, the SC and GORD. The collaboration will not stop with the certification process – there is so much in the pipeline, which will all be covered in the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup Sustainability Strategy, to be launched in 2018.

Commenting at this occasion, Dr. Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chairman GORD said:

GORD is proud to be the pioneer and trend setter for GSAS-Sport scheme, launched in 2014. It is immensely satisfying to see now that sustainability is shaping up and forming the core of the stadiums. Qatar’s stadiums today are among the most sustainable ones in the world. My heartfelt thanks go to FIFA for endorsing GSAS that initiated this noble journey, to the Supreme Committee for accepting and enforcing GSAS rigorously, and to the community of stadium developers, consultants and GSAS practitioners for being the flag bearers of sustainability. This is a proud story to be told to our future generations.

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