Hamad International Airport (HIA) joined hands with KAHRAMAA and its National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency ‘Tarsheed’ to celebrate Earth Day this month.
HIA and Tarsheed, as part of the Earth Day celebration has launched a two-week awareness campaign to highlight Qatar’s contribution to combating climate change, its effort to decrease the country’s carbon foot print and improve energy efficiency and conservation. They set up a booth at the airport for the campaign.
HIA Vice President of Commercial and Marketing Abdulaziz Al Mass, said they are delighted to collaborate with Tarsheed to celebrate Earth Day.
We believe in our (environmental) responsibility and are committed to tackling climate change within the context of our strategy. We are committed to supporting Tarsheed’s initiatives and hope the booth will bring more awareness to passengers travelling through HIA.’
According to Engineer Abdulaziz Al Hammadi of KAHRAMAA, both Tarsheed and HIA support the Earth Day Global Celebration. He said that their partnership with HIA has given them the best platform to raise awareness among global and local passengers travelling through the terminal.
Long-Term Sustainability Initiative
The new initiative follows the tracks of existing MoU between HIA, Qatar Airways and Tarsheed, implemented last year and aimed at achieving long-term sustainability in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. Tarsheed has conducted staff trainings for HIA and Qatar Airways on best practices for conservation and energy efficiency, in addition to planned energy audits at the HIA terminal and at Qatar Airways head offices.
HIA successfully retained its Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 3 in 2018. The airport’s renewal came after successfully reaching Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ status in the ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The airport is the first airport in the Gulf and only the second in the MENA region to achieve this accreditation.
HIA is currently targeting to improve carbon efficiency per passenger by 30% by 2030 against a 2015 baseline.
In addition to a fuel-saving programme, the airport’s Carbon Management Plan encourages the participation of airport stakeholders to engage in environmentally-conscious practices and reduce carbon emissions across the airport campus. A cross-functional Energy Working Group identifies and promotes energy saving initiatives.
The airport is also committed to continually improving environmental performance by achieving lower and more efficient greenhouse gas emissions, reducing and recycling waste, and managing noise and controlling emissions to air and water.
The airport’s key environmental achievements are presented in a Sustainability Report which covers the airport’s contribution towards group-wide environmental objectives. The report can be accessed online through their official website.
Tarsheed was launched as part of Qatar National Vision 2030 in 2012 by KAHRAMAA under the auspices of The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani under the slogan ‘Qatar is Pulsing’.
For more information about the joint Earth Day campaign of HIA and Tarsheed, visit dohahamadairport.com.