Unified Grading System Set to Boost Sustainability in Qatar’s Hospitality Sector

Hotels in Qatar will soon be able to obtain internationally-accepted certification for environmental sustainability through Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), which will oversee the national management of the ‘Green Key’ programme in the country.

The Green Key award is a leading standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. The Green Key eco-label for tourism facilities has been in existence for more than 19 years. It has certified more than 2,500 hotels and hospitality establishments in 55 countries to date, based on criteria that include staff and environmental management, energy efficiency, water conservation, green activities, indoor environment, green areas, and corporate social responsibility.

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As a new member of the Foundation for Environmental Education, QGBC will announce the launch of the certification programme as part of World Tourism Day in Qatar, which is annually celebrated on 27 September. QGBC will subsequently manage and issue Green Key certification across Qatar’s hospitality sector. All hotels and tourism establishments in Qatar are eligible to apply to become Green Key certified upon meeting all of the necessary criteria.

QGBC Director Engineer Meshal Al Shamari said that QGBC is honoured to take on the responsibility of overseeing the prestigious Green Key programme.

The comprehensive guidelines to obtain the certification provides a clear path for the sector to follow and achieve their sustainability goals in addition to meeting the requirements of Qatar Tourism Authority’s new classification system.

And having a unified grading system in place will also serve to improve sustainability standards across the industry and further drive Qatar’s overall sustainability ambitions. QGBC strongly encourages hospitality establishments to apply for the certification, and contribute to securing a green future for Qatar.’

Echoing Engineer Al Shamari’s sentiments, International Green KeyDirector Finn Bolding Thomsen said that Green Key is now offered to all hotel and tourism establishments in Qatar through QGBC.

As Qatar is gearing up to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Green Key will offer the country a unique opportunity to showcase its sustainable development objectives and promote best practices among its hotels and tourism facilities.’

The Green Key certification demonstrates a business’ commitment to environmental sustainability and excellence, which are maintained through rigorous documentation and frequent audits.

QGBC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development, will run an introductory workshop to the Green Key certification application process in Qatar on 31 October during Qatar Sustainability Week 2017.

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