calendar_today May 14, 2023

New reports outline sustainability practices at FIFA World Cup™ stadiums

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SC and GORD release five documents which aim to inspire and inform businesses in the construction sector

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The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) have released a series of reports documenting the sustainability best practices implemented at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadium sites. Co-developed by the two entities, the reports showcase the techniques, technologies and processes implemented to minimise the environmental impact of stadium developments during the construction phase.

Prepared to inform the construction industry at large, the reports are titled:

  • Waste Management Best Practices for Construction Sites
  • Dust Management Best Practices for Construction Sites
  • Energy Use Best Practices for Construction Sites
  • Water Use Best Practices for Construction Sites
  • FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Stadiums – Energy and Water Performance Report

The reports highlight the efforts taken to manage waste generated during construction activities, minimise dust emissions, reduce energy consumption and optimise water use. They also document the use of innovative technologies and techniques to minimise the impact of construction activities on the environment.

The energy and water performance report found the stadiums were 42% more energy efficient when compared to ASHRAE standards, with water performance 40% more efficient when compared to the International Plumbing Code.

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Eng. Bodour Al Meer, Sustainability Executive Director, SC, said: “These reports are reflective of the hard work and dedication of all those involved in the project and showcase the best practices implemented on stadium sites. At the same time, they are testament to Qatar’s commitment to delivering a sustainable FIFA World Cup. As the sustainability partner of the SC, GORD has been instrumental in helping us achieve our goal of delivering one of the most sustainable tournaments in FIFA’s history.”

Dr. Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chairman, GORD, said: "Since the bid book preparation for Qatar 2022, GORD and the SC have worked hand-in-hand to deliver an ecologically responsible World Cup in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. The publication of these reports is a significant milestone in our collective effort of creating a green legacy for the tournament. By documenting the best practices implemented on stadium sites, we hope these reports will inspire the construction industry to adopt sustainable practices and contribute to building a more sustainable future for all."

Many of the best practices documented in the reports stem from the implementation of Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) practices on all Qatar 2022 stadiums. Developed by GORD, GSAS is a performance-based green building system that considers several factors, such as energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environment quality and waste management, among others. With more than 2,000 registered projects, GSAS is the fastest growing green building framework for new projects in the Gulf region. Every Qatar 2022 stadium achieved GSAS certification.

It is hoped the reports will encourage the construction sector to adopt sustainable practices and contribute to the global effort to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Click here to download the reports.