Qatar University (QU) will highlight its green initiatives and efforts to promote a culture of sustainability during its participation in the 2022 Qatar Sustainability Week, which will be held from October 8-15.
In a statement, Qatar University said its participation in this annual event stems from its leading role in sustainability in the country, offering consultancy to organisations and decision makers in sustainable planning and development in various fields.
Over the past few years, the QU has launched several green initiatives to promote a culture of sustainability, such as initiatives to minimise food waste, reducing gas emission, recycling paper, as well as converting food and other waste into biofuels.
In addition, the QU actively raises awareness on the subject of sustainability and has contributed vastly in fields such as engineering, medicine and environmental science, all of which has helped to drive its mission forward.
In a statement, QU director of Communications and Public Relations Dr Hitmi al-Hitmi said: "The QU in its role as Qatar's most prominent and sole national institution of higher education, holds a hefty responsibility in achieving comprehensive development and environmental sustainability, spreading and promoting this culture.”
“The university also feels a great responsibility to help various institutions in avoiding outdated technologies, which can be environmentally harmful and do not make sense in the digital age,” he said.
"The QU has updated its business cards to be digital as part of this transition, to move towards digitisation of its services and in order to implement the requirements of the new strategy,” Dr al-Hitmi said. “The QU is the first government institution of higher education to utilise digital business cards, which are of particular importance as it reduces carbon emissions through paper consumption, compacts expenses and resources and is a much better alternative for the good of the environment than paper or plastic.”
“A key pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030 is management of the environment and its protection,” he added.
Dr al-Hitmi also noted that the QU's Agricultural Research Station is working on a project to reduce food waste by converting it into a natural fertiliser, aiming to achieve food security, which has become a national priority.
"Under the umbrella of QU Holding Company, there will be an organisation specialising in converting food into fertiliser, in order to reach zero food waste,” he said. “The QU will also co-operate with a number of ambitious local youth clubs and initiatives."