Businesses in the country have an important role in environmental protection, especially in implementing programmes that are aligned with Qatar’s national sustainability goals and initiatives, a top official of Doha Festival City (DHFC) has said.
Robert Hall, general manager of DHFC, lauded Qatar’s “unwavering commitment” to sustainability and environmental protection, saying the nation’s proactive stance in adopting sustainable practices and prioritising environmental conservation “is truly commendable.”
“Qatar’s vision for a greener future also aligns with our own mission at Doha Festival City...We firmly believe that businesses have a crucial role to play in addressing environmental challenges and we are dedicated to being part of the solution,” Hall told Gulf Times in a statement.
He said, “We have implemented a wide range of sustainable initiatives throughout our operations to minimise our ecological footprint. From energy-efficient lighting systems and optimised water management to waste reduction and recycling programmes, we continuously strive to integrate sustainable practices into every aspect of our operations.”
Hall emphasised the importance of being committed to environmental sustainability and taking proactive measures to minimise any environmental impact. “As a responsible and forward-thinking destination, we prioritise sustainability in all aspects of our operations,” he said.
He noted that reducing the carbon footprint by implementing various energy-saving initiatives, such as using energy-efficient lighting systems, smart HVAC controls, and advanced building management systems, will help optimise energy consumption.
“By employing these technologies, we aim to minimise energy waste and promote a more sustainable environment,” Hall noted, adding that water conservation is also another “crucial aspect” of the mall’s sustainability efforts, including waste management and recycling.
According to Hall, comprehensive waste management practices, including segregation and recycling programmes, as well as taking proactive measures by engaging with mall tenants, are vital efforts in minimising the amount of waste sent to landfills.
“Our goal is to maximise recycling and ensure that recyclable materials are diverted from the waste stream. Furthermore, we promote sustainable transportation options to reduce carbon emissions. We encourage the use of public transportation, carpooling, and cycling by providing dedicated bike racks and convenient access to public transit. We also offer electric vehicle charging stations to support the adoption of eco-friendly transportation alternatives,” Hall stressed.
Qatar’s focus on harnessing renewable energy was underlined last October after His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani inaugurated the 800MW-peak solar plant in Al Kharsaah.
The National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed), on the other hand, also announced its electric vehicle charging strategy, which involves authorities like the General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), Ministry of Transport (MoT), and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal).
Similarly, Hall said DHFC is undertaking a comprehensive study and exploration of installing solar panels on its expansive car park roofs, which aims to thoroughly evaluate the feasibility and potential impact of harnessing renewable energy on a large scale.
“By undertaking this comprehensive study, we are demonstrating our commitment to sustainability and our dedication to making informed decisions for a greener, more sustainable environment. We hope that as this ambitious project progresses, it would bring us closer to a future where clean electricity from solar power becomes a reality and contributes to a brighter, more environmentally responsible establishment,” Hall explained.
He added: “Doha Festival City aligns itself with Qatar’s broader vision for sustainable development as outlined in initiatives, such as Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Qatar National Development Strategy. By incorporating sustainable practices, the mall contributes to the country’s overall efforts to achieve environmental and social sustainability.”
“Moreover, we actively collaborate with local organisations and governmental bodies, such as Kahramaa, Tarsheed, and Al Daayen Municipality to support environmental initiatives. We participate in community clean-up campaigns, raise awareness about environmental issues, and contribute to local conservation projects. By fostering these partnerships, we aim to amplify the positive impact we can make together.”
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