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Friday, 07 May 2021 11:15 GMT

Qatar- HIA committed to sustainability using environmental practices


(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Hamad International Airport (HIA), in its mission to preserve Qatar's environment by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing and recycling waste, managing noise, and controlling emissions to air and water has implemented several sustainability initiatives since its inception. 
These initiatives have often been developed in collaboration with national stakeholders and contribute to the environmental development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Since 2014, HIA has demonstrated its commitment to environmental sustainability by pledging to improve carbon efficiency per traffic unit to 30% by 2030. The airport has since established a continual decrease in overall CO2 emissions and has been certified at Level 3 by the Airport Council International's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. 
Recently, 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 focuses on developing an integrated system for waste separation by safely transporting, recycling and disposing waste, whilst promoting environmental awareness, and a culture of sustainability, at Qatar's award-winning airport.
Environmental sustainability has also been adopted by HIA stakeholders. In 2018-2019, MATAR's Energy Working Group identified significant number of energy and fuel saving initiatives to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. These measures led to an estimated CO2 savings of 6,773 tonnes and electricity savings of 13,828MWh. Also noteworthy is the electricity consumption at the airport terminal that was reduced by 12.26% in 2020 in comparison to 2019 and electricity consumption for all airport facilities by 7.3% for the same time period.
HIA's sustainable waste water management include directing used water to HIA's dedicated waste water treatment plant, which returns the treated water for irrigating the airport's landscape features. 
In 2018, HIA's treatment plant was successful in treating 100% of waste water for re-use. In addition, potable water consumption was reduced by 19.25% in 2020 in comparison to 2019.
Built on the tenets of sustainability, the airport architecture and infrastructure provide access to natural lights. The terminal roof is integrated with glass, reducing the need for artificial lights during the day which are lowered daily from 9am to 4pm. The terminal building utilises a solar shade system and LED lights wherever possible to increase energy efficiency. Additionally, HIA utilises automated lighting control system for its offices, and environmental-friendly LED lights across the terminal to reduce its energy consumption.
Furthermore, HIA also participates in international environmental campaigns. This year, the airport switched off all non-essential lights and screens on March 27 for one hour, as part of the World Wide Fund for Nature's 'Earth Hour initiative to raise awareness and take action against climate change. With careful execution, the airport identified and selected non-operational nodes, gates, and activity areas that receive less footfall and switched off their lights for an hour. HIA created convenient alternative options to ensure operations remained uninterrupted during the hour. This initiative was accomplished in close collaboration with several airport teams in the operations, facility management, and security sections. 
The movement symbolises a universal commitment towards protecting the planet and promoting eco-friendly practices. HIA participated in the global movement with the aim to inspire individuals and organisations alike to reflect on their activities and delve deeper on how they impact the future of the planet.
HIA, and its stakeholders, are playing a significant role in conserving the local environment by promoting environmental sustainability and improving the impact of the airport's operations. HIA remains committed to incorporating sustainable measures throughout the airport to ensure a sustainable environment for the future of Qatar.


The gateway to Qatar and the world
Designed to meet and exceed the expectations of global travellers, Hamad International Airport is a diverse lifestyle destination of its own. Housed in one expansive terminal, HIA integrates contemporary shopping and dining options, entertainment and relaxation facilities, and a world-class art collection from internationally acclaimed artists.
HIA has transformed the airport experience to ensure operational excellence while prioritising passenger and staff health, well-being, and security. Underpinned by advanced airport systems, HIA continues to optimise airport operations by introducing safety measures fuelled by smart solutions, strengthening passenger trust and confidence. 
To reinforce its position as the preferred gateway for travel, HIA is currently undertaking an expansion project that will increase capacity and enhance its multi-dimensional offering. Delivering on its promise to be the ‘airport-of-the-future', HIA's expansion will feature a refreshing environment of lush greenery as well as contemporary retail and dining concepts among other leisure attractions and facilities. 
As the Official Airport Partner for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, HIA is ready to create memorable experiences for football fans across the globe. 
HIA has earned significant accolades, becoming the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to receive a 5-Star Covid-19 Airport Safety Rating by Skytrax. HIA has also received numerous other recognitions from Skytrax including ‘Third Best Airport in the World', ‘Best Airport in the Middle East' and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East'. 
The airport's commercial and operation functions are managed by MATAR, the Qatar Company for Airports Management and Operation, and a corporate subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group.

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