The Hamad International Airport (HIA) supports the UN’s World Environment Day theme for 2023 – to Beat Plastic Pollution, which focuses on encouraging people and businesses around the world to review their plastic consumption and introduce a shift towards a circular economy, a statement said Sunday.
Part of HIA’s environment sustainability goals consists of waste management and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The airport is tackling its waste management processes, engaging with commercial stakeholders and government entities in order to adopt the best environmental standards that will have a positive impact on the environment.
Through an enhanced waste management system introduced by HIA, about 40% of the waste generated through the airport operations was reused or recycled in the fiscal year 2022–2023, including 736 tonnes of plastic waste, and the non-recyclable waste is used to produce electricity.
The Oryx Airport Hotel, situated at departures has replaced plastic water bottles with containers created from 76% vegetable origin, introduced bamboo guestroom cards, utilises recycled paper for all hotel collaterals and plastic hotel amenities substituted with more biodegradable materials.
To maintain the airport landscape features and requirements, organic fertiliser originating from recycled green waste is used. This was introduced as one of the initiatives from HIA’s partnership with the Ministry of Municipality.
Through HIA’s dedicated wastewater treatment plant, 100% of the wastewater generated from the airport is reused for landscape irrigation, resulting in zero wastewater being discharged to the sea.
HIA’s commitment to environmental protection and objective of zero to landfill has initiated processes to further enhance its waste management systems, resulting in over 1,200 tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill for further segregation, recycling and energy recovery, each month.
When HIA was constructed, energy conservation was one of the environmental components considered in the build and suitable materials were chosen for the roof and walls installation.
Since then, HIA has implemented multiple initiatives and environmental controls to further reduce energy within its daily operations such as cooling system optimisation, smart-metering, ambient air quality and noise monitoring and incorporating LED lighting to control and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
HIA’s efforts to decrease its overall carbon dioxide emissions was recognised through the recent renewal of its ACI ACA Level-3 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation and the airport was awarded the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems accreditation as a result of effective implementation and full conformance to the ISO 14001:2015 requirements.
The Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) from Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (Gord) granted a 4-star rating for six of HIA’s projects from its recent expansion plan which includes the Orchard, Oryx Garden Hotel and lounges at the North Plaza, Al Mourjan Business lounge - the Garden, the Remote Transfer Baggage Facility, Cargo Bridging Facility and the AVI Facility.
HIA is constantly engaging with airport stakeholders and commercial partners to reduce energy by adopting environmental solutions introduced by the airport, and investing in the best and most reliable technologies in the world, to meet the business’ environmental objectives, in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030.
An exterior view of Hamad International Airport
HIA's Oryx Airport Hotel key cards are made of bamboo.