Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Qatar Airways recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with KAHRAMAA’s National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency ‘Tarsheed’, to achieve long-term sustainability and energy conservation in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker and HIA Chief Operating Officer Engineer Badr Mohammed Al Meer met with KAHRAMAA President Engineer Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari at the KAHRAMAA Awareness Park to sign the MoU. The agreement provides a framework for HIA and Qatar Airways to work with KAHRAMAA on technical collaborations as well as community awareness and development in relation to conservation technology, energy efficiency systems, awareness, and, in the near future, renewable energy.

As part of its efforts towards spreading community awareness, HIA and Qatar Airways will have staff trained by Tarsheed on best practices for conservation of electricity and water as well as energy efficiency. Tarsheed will also conduct planned energy audits at HIA’s passenger terminal and at Qatar Airways head offices, allowing both to apply the audit findings and recommendations to further improve energy efficiency.

Engineer Al Kuwari said that through the MOU, Tarsheed’s planned energy audits hopefully will contribute practical recommendations for efficiency improvements that can be adopted for implementation by facilities management teams.

In keeping with Qatar National Strategy 2017-2022, Tarsheed targets to bring down per capita consumption of electricity by 25% and of water by 35%. This is in addition to generating more than 500MW of Solar Energy by 2020 to be contributed by a number of entities in Qatar.’

Al Baker said that Qatar Airways is very proud to collaborate with KAHRAMAA on this important project.

Our vision for HIA as a state-of-the-art, technologically-advanced airport is to ensure that it has minimal impact on the environment. With the most modern facilities at our fingertips, we will do everything in our power to make sure this partnership has tangible results.’

Engineer Al Meer also said they are pleased to partner with KAHRAMAA.

Environmental responsibility is at the core of HIA’s day-to-day operations. We are advancing our aim to improve energy efficiency by 30% by 2030 and we are fully committed to developing a sustainable future by effectively managing the environmental impacts of our operations.’

KAHRAMAA launched ‘Tarsheed’ in 2012 under the patronage of the Emir of Qatar, HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. Tarsheed is focused on conservation technology standardisation and rules. It has succeeded to bring down per capita consumption of electricity by 18% and of water by 20% by end of 2016.

HIA achieved Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ status in the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation programme earlier this year, 18 months after first initiating its carbon management programme in 2015. The airport has also recorded a 14.2% improvement in carbon efficiency (CO2 kg per passenger) in 2016 compared to 2015. HIA has also developed a Carbon Management Strategy that provides the framework for energy reduction initiatives throughout the airport. An Energy Working Group has been created to identify and promote energy-saving initiatives across the whole airport.