Qatar has long been focused on preserving its natural environment for future generations. 


Sustainability and post-tournament legacy use are at the core of our design strategies for the stadiums and precincts proposed for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Water conservation, waste management, carbon management, renewable energy, environmental protection, urban connectivity, biodiversity and urban ecology are just a few of the means being used to achieve our goal of delivering the most sustainable major sporting event in history.

The challenge

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is already making amazing progress on delivering stadiums and other infrastructure. This challenge gave entrants the opportunity to augment the work already being done.

We received creative and cost-effective ideas that will lead to more sustainable outcomes in the design, construction and operational stages of our tournament infrastructure delivery. These were ideas that could benefit the tournament in 2022 and change the world for the better in the decades to come.

Focus areas

Sustainable energy solutions
• Highly efficient lighting systems and fixtures.
• Ventilation systems which reduce energy demand.
• Active shading solutions to dynamically deliver solar shading.

Sustainable water solutions
• Functional landscapes and planting regimes with low water requirements.
• Low-flow fixtures and fittings to reduce water consumption and condensate capture systems as a substitute for irrigation water where appropriate.
• Substitution of water with moisture capture and water management systems to minimise usage.
• Use of treated sewage effluent (TSE) for landscape irrigation.

Sustainable design
Modular seating for temporary stadium seating tiers that is inexpensive, lightweight and quick and easy to erect and dismantle. Modular seating should reflect Arab culture, align with the individual stadium characteristics and be made locally in the region.

Sustainable grass generation
Growing grass in stadiums requires plenty of sunlight, which can conflict with the need for shaded spectator areas. Thus minimising or eliminating the impact of shadows on the turf is required, without re-designing stadium roof structures. Participants were required to present a working prototype to show the feasibility of implementing their idea.

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