Hamad International Airport (HIA), through MATAR, the Qatar Company for Airports Management and Operation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) to develop and modernise the airport’s facilities by implementing effective methods of waste management.

The MOU outlines the collaboration between MATAR and MME for the management of different types of waste from HIA to the MME’s Domestic Solid Waste Management Centre (DSWMC). The MOU includes the development of an integrated system for waste separation, safe transportation, recycling and disposal of waste, and the promotion of environmental awareness and a culture of sustainability at HIA.

HIA Chief Operating Officer Engineer Badr Mohammed Al Meer said they are committed to optimising their airport operations by improving environmental performance.

We are delighted to continue to contribute to Qatar National Vision 2030 by entering this strategic partnership with MME to further enhance our waste management systems.

This collaboration between HIA and MME is another step by the airport to advance environmental sustainability, which HIA has continued to do so with various measures to reduce waste, greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution.

Committed to environmental sustainability

Since 2014, HIA has showcased its commitment to environmental sustainability by pledging to improve carbon efficiency per traffic unit to 30% by 2030. The airport has since observed a steady downward trend in overall CO2 emissions and has been certified at Level 3 by the Airport Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

HIA’s sustainability measures also extend to wastewater management. Most water used at the airport is directed to HIA’s dedicated wastewater treatment plant, which returns the treated water for irrigating HIA’s landscape features. In 2018, HIA’s treatment plant was successful in recovering 93% of wastewater for re-use. Qatar’s airport continually reviews its systems to identify areas of improvement for long-term efficiency and sustainability.

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