(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: Qatar University (QU) will participate in the annual Qatar Sustainability Week, a National Campaign, which will be held from October 8 to 15.
It is worth noting that QU plays a leading role in sustainability in the country, offering consultancy to organisations and decision-makers in sustainable planning and development in various fields.
QU is launching a number of green initiatives that promote a culture of sustainability such as initiatives to minimise food waste, reducing gas emission, recycling paper, as well as converting food and other waste into biofuels. In addition, QU actively raises awareness on the subject of sustainability and has contributed vastly in fields such as engineering, medicine and environmental science, all of which have helped to drive its mission forward.
In a statement, QU Director of Communications and Public Relations, Dr. Hitmi Al Hitmi said,“QU in its role as Qatar's most prominent and sole national institution of higher education, holds a hefty responsibility in achieving comprehensive development and environmental sustainability, spreading and promoting this culture. The university also feels a great responsibility to help various institutions in avoiding outdated technologies, which can be environmentally harmful and do not make sense in the digital age.”
Dr. Al Hitmi also notes that QU's Agricultural Research Station is currently working on a project to reduce food waste by converting it into a natural fertiliser, aiming to achieve food security, which has become a national priority.
He added,“Under the umbrella of the QU Holding Company, there will be an organisation, with a specialised field of converting food into fertilizer, to reach zero food waste. QU will also cooperate with a number of ambitious local youth clubs and initiatives such as 'Greener Future' led by Aisha Al Maadeed, a young Qatari woman and 'Etaam' founded by Sheikha Al Nawar Al Thani, a humanitarian initiative that aims to provide snack packets to expat workers.”
Dr. Hitmi also stated that the upcoming Annual Research Forum will be held under the theme“Research, Innovation & Sustainability: Engaging Nations through Sports,” in order to focus on sustainability issues after the FIFA World Cup 2022 and to address the challenges facing the community by way of research and studies, in cooperation with relevant stakeholders.
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