Qatar is on track to ensure the overwhelming majority of the projects to be used in the 2022 FIFA World Cup will achieve world-class standards of sustainability.
Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) founder and chairman Dr Yousef Alhorr said: “We are saying that 80% of the construction project activities from now to 2022 will be based on the principles and practice of sustainability,” according to the KippReport.
A not-for-profit subsidiary of the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, GORD promotes healthy, energy and resource efficient, and environmentally responsible building practices in Qatar and the Gulf.
“We have been talking about sustainability and our vision,” Alhorr said. “These dreams are now being put into action in Qatar where we are really implementing sustainability practices. This includes in QRail, all the World Cup 2022 projects, the new cities and all new government projects including schools and hospitals.”
He said that Qatar is currently demonstrating how it can successfully develop sustainable large-scale sports venues. The 2015 World Men’s Handball Championship held in Doha early this year was hosted at two of the new venues built to meet demanding sustainability standards.
These were the Lusail Sports Arena, and Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, which achieved 4-Star rating.
GORD was founded in 2009 and it developed the GSAS sustainable buildings rating system, the first to address the challenges presented by the region’s climate.