Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) has announced the programme line-up and the new feature of the fifth edition of Qatar Sustainability Week at a virtual press conference held this week. 

The press conference commenced with an opening note by QGBC Director Engineer Meshal Al Shamari. He was joined by other QGBC officials and by Sustainability and Environment Specialist Abdulrahman Al Muftah, who represented the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), a Strategic Partner of QSW 2020.

To further strengthen sustainability consciousness among Qatar communities, QGBC has added a new feature to QSW 2020 to create a movement for change. The council will encourage individuals and corporations to match power and passion with action to make a difference by pledging their action for a better tomorrow.

QSW 2020 will run from 31 October to 7 November 2020, and will highlight Qatar’s contributions and progress towards the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by showcasing the innovative and practical solutions of various stakeholders to the environmental challenges facing Qatar and the region. It will also provide Qatar with the opportunity to learn about sustainable lifestyles and the tools available to adopt a more sustainable way of living.

Engineer Meshal Al Shamari said they believe that the success of Qatar Sustainability Week cannot be achieved without the private and public sectors that support the mission. He said that these partnerships are very important to define solutions to challenges in different sectors in Qatar and the region.

Year after year, we hope to make a big step towards fostering sustainability culture in Qatar and the region. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the whole world, we have come up with innovative and attractive initiatives and activities for event participants that comply with health and social distancing requirements.

Al Shamari also mentioned some of the different activities taking place during this year’s QSW, which include waste recycling campaigns, sustainability awareness programmes in schools, offices, parks, and beaches, cleaning campaign in the sand dunes, tree planting, and awareness programmes on healthy food and lifestyle, UN SDG. He also extended an open invitation to register for QSW Focus Days.

QSW Focus Days

QGBC will host two Focus Days – a series of conferences where important discussions about sustainable strategies and practices will take place. The first conference, themed ‘Green Hospitality for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™’, will take place on 1 November and will highlight the ongoing efforts among the local stakeholders to promote a greener hospitality sector in Qatar and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ as a legacy driver for the sector.

QGBC is teaming up with SC and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC to guide FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – related hospitality establishments and event management operators in implementing sustainable operation practices.

The first Focus Day will include a workshop with representatives from Green Key International and the hospitality sector in Qatar to present an overview of Green Key certification, best practices and case studies from Qatar.

The second Focus Day on 5 November will announce the regional launch of the World Green Building Council’s Health and Well-being Framework in the MENA region, and tackle the challenge of how to best accelerate a sustainable built environment by proving its benefits to people’s health and well-being. The conference will identify important stakeholders from different industries and sectors that could generate large-scale change towards creating better environments for people.

The success of Qatar Sustainability Week has always been driven by active participation of various stakeholders from the private and public sectors. This year’s strategic partners include the SC, Msheireb Properties, Kahramaa through its National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency – Tarsheed, Qatar National Bank, Tadmur Holding, Al Wakrah Municipality and Qatar Museums.

The national campaign is also supported by several media partners including Marhaba.

Throughout the week, QGBC and partners will hold a number of events and activities promoting sustainability and sustainable practices and highlighting the efforts undertaken by the organisations to ensure action by people in Qatar for a better tomorrow.

To find out more about the QSW 2020 activities, visit qatarsustainabilityweek.org.

Qatar Sustainability Week 2020