Sustainability efforts top QGBC forum agenda

 28 Sep 2016 - 11:54

Sustainability efforts top QGBC forum agenda

The Peninsula

Doha: Environmentalists, academics and sustainability experts will explore recent developments in Qatar’s sustainability agenda at Qatar Green Building Conference 2016 in Doha later this year. 

The conference under the patronage of H E Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO, Qatar Foundation (QF), will take place from November 13 to 15 at Qatar Nation Convention Centre (QNCC).

The annual conference coincides with the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) taking place in Morocco from November 7 to 18, where world leaders will discuss solutions to greenhouse emissions and global warming.

Focusing on three overarching themes: ‘Future Sustainable Cities’; ‘Green Business is Good Business’; and ‘Sustainability as a Lifestyle’, the conference will tackle some of the key environmental and social sustainability challenges in Qatar and beyond. Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), said: “We would like to achieve multiple goals at the conference in line with the national and global sustainability agenda. 

“Qatar has introduced key measures to reduce its carbon footprint, which include investing in renewable energy resources, green buildings and awareness campaigns. The conference provides us with an opportunity to review the progress of these sustainability initiatives and create an action plan for the future.”

The conference will also mark the launch of Qatar Sustainability Week 2016 that promotes the nation’s sustainability vision and community engagement among stakeholders. Qatar Sustainability Week 2016 will showcase efforts of the public and private sectors in achieving the nation’s sustainable development goals.  

“As another step to acknowledging sustainability challenges facing Qatar and identifying possible solutions, we invite all interested parties and individuals to participate in Qatar Sustainability Week by attending one of the events taking place, organising an activity or endorsing the initiative,” Al Shamari added.