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Sustainable Building

Sustainable building awareness-raising

Initiative description: Using information events, awareness campaigns and/ or public guidance to share and encourage sustainable building practices, both for construction and operations, in FIFA World Cup 2022™-related sites.

The SC, in partnership with the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) have worked with the local hospitality sector to encourage adoption of sustainable practices, in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022™and beyond. Sustainable accommodation is an integral part of the tournament organisers’ ambition to deliver a carbon neutral event. With an estimated 1.5 million people visiting Qatar during the 28-day tournament, minimising the environmental impact of their stays at hotels, campsites, apartments and other accommodation will be essential.

The partnership has delivered workshops on sustainability best practices. This has included a virtual workshop entitled "Green Hospitality for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™" which focussed on green best practices in Qatar’s hospitality sector. The workshop showcased case studies, strategies and policies to encourage sustainable action and guidelines on how to obtain green certification. The workshops provided 18 hours of content, and engaged participants from nearly 100 local hotels.

One of the many examples of actions taken by hotel owners and operators to minimise energy use is one hotel’s installation of solar thermal panels and photovoltaics. These now produce 80% of the hotel’s demand for hot water and more than 16,000 kWh of electricity annually. The hotel is located in the Msheireb district of downtown Doha, a sustainable urban regeneration area which now has one of the highest concentrations of green buildings in the world. Learn more about green hotels during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ here. Other examples, of how hotel operators are seeking to minimise water use and minimise waste, are provided under the Water-efficiency in related sectors and Waste minimisation in related sectors initiatives respectively.