Qatar 2022 organizers discuss green hospitality during inaugural Focus Day event

Qatar 2022 organizers discuss green hospitality during inaugural Focus Day event

By QLSports

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) participated in the first Focus Day held in collaboration with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) and Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) as part of the 2020 Qatar Sustainability Week.

Entitled ‘Green Hospitality for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,' the virtual event aimed to encourage sustainable operation practices in tournament-related hospitality sectors and highlight ongoing best practices in Qatar.

Speakers discussed the FIFA World Cup as a legacy driver in implementing sustainable operation practices within the hospitality sector.

Delivering the welcome address, Nasser Al Khater, CEO, Q22, said, “Sustainability was central to Qatar’s successful bid in 2010 and has remained at the heart of our planning and preparations over the last ten years."

"As the country’s attention shifts from infrastructure delivery to operations and fan experience, delivering sustainable hospitality solutions to the 1.5 million traveling fans will be one of our major focuses over the next two years," he added.

Engineer Issa Al Mohannadi, Chairman of QGBC, said, “Qatar is committed to hosting a carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup. This momentous event presents an excellent opportunity to accelerate and effectively drive the implementation of sustainable practices in Qatar and produce a tangible and lasting impact, particularly in the hospitality sector.”

Speaking during the Executive Opening Panel, Engineer Bodour Al Meer, the SC’s Environmental & Sustainability Senior Manager, urged sustainable action from individuals and corporations.

“The actions can be small personal actions such as using reusable water bottles instead of single-use plastic or buying local vegetables and dairy products or taking the metro. They can also be larger projects such as constructing green buildings, eliminating plastic packaging or implementing a green cleaning policy. All these actions are important and contribute to hosting a sustainable World Cup,” she said.

The fifth edition of Qatar Sustainability Week comes as part of the annual QGBC national campaign to promote and implement Qatar's sustainability vision by increasing collaboration with key players in the country, creating an understanding of carbon neutrality, as well as highlighting the importance of hosting world-class events like the FIFA World Cup 2022.

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