October 22, 2017
Held Under The Patronage Of His Excellency The Prime Minister And Minister Of Interior Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), held a press conference on Tuesday at Msheireb Museum announcing the second edition of Qatar Sustainability Week (QSW), held under the patronage of his Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, which will be taking place from 28 October to 4 November.
QSW is an initiative by QGBC and aims to actively engage Qatari public and private sector organizations in a wide range of sustainability-oriented activities. QSW aims to foster a culture of sustainability amongst residents and visitors, as well as promote engagement from members of the community. This is in line with ultimately achieving the global sustainability goals outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Contributing to the organization of Qatar Sustainability Week this year are Msheireb Properties as Platinum Sponsor, Arab Engineering Bureau as Conference Sponsor, Tadmur Holding as Awards Sponsor, Atelier 101 as Technology Sponsor, Intelligence Qatar as Knowledge Sponsor and Frame Qatar, Report Sponsor.
Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, QGBC Director, said: “With less than a week to go, we’re excited about the second edition of QSW and look forward to welcoming a wide range of stakeholders showcasing their activities that contribute towards our nation’s environmental protection and sustainable development goals. We’re honored to have our esteemed sponsors join us at this press conference; we anticipate a very successful week filled with events and it is not too late for organizations to register their planned activities with QGBC.”
Mr. Abdulla Hassan Al Mehshadi, Chief Executive Officer at Msheireb Properties said: “Incorporating sustainability and green building practices within new developments is now an integral part of all future urban planning. Green Buildings act as long-term environmental solutions, helping to reduce the negative impact of society on our planet and excessive consumption of energy resources. This is achieved through utilising renewable resources efficiently and through smart technologies.”
Al Mehshadi continues; “At our flagship project Msheireb Downtown Doha, Msheireb Properties adopted the highest standards of green and sustainable buildings from its inception, along with advanced technologies that aim to save energy and water; two key elements identified as contributors towards global warming. These standards have enabled Msheireb Downtown Doha to achieve the world’s largest number of LEED accreditation buildings in energy efficiency and environment. Our participation in the annual Qatar Green Building Council Conference this year and our platinum sponsorship to Qatar Sustainability Week’s activations and events, reflect our ongoing commitment to enforcing industry standards, by encouraging their adoption across Qatar’s flourishing construction pipeline. Achieving this will lead to a collaborative approach to achieving Qatar’s National Vision 2030 environmental pillar and most importantly, to create a better living experience for Qatar’s future generations.”
Tadmur Holding CEO, Dafer Hallawa, said: “We are proud to partner with QGBC on 2017 Qatar Sustainability Week and present Evergreen, our LEED Gold certified building in Lusail as a testimony of Tadmur Holding’s commitment to establish a benchmark on sustainable practices in the construction industry aligned with Qatar National Vision of 2030. We firmly stand for taking a leap on sustainable actions today as the best legacy for future generations. As a pioneer of green practices in the private sector in Qatar, it is an honor for us to sponsor the Sustainability Awards Ceremony along with QGBC to reward and encourage local companies to join these endeavors.”
Managing Partner at Atelier 101, Charles Vincent, commented on their participation as technology sponsor saying: “The world is driven by change enabling new opportunities and new challenges. As we believe in innovation, A101 brings the benefits of technology to businesses of all sizes that wish to perform and operate in a more efficient and sustainable way; embracing transformation and servicing a better tomorrow.”
Tracey Kohinga, Managing Director of Intelligence Qatar commented on the occasion saying: “Intelligence Qatar is proud to be the knowledge sponsor of Qatar Sustainability Week 2017 and the Green Building Conference. By better understanding attitudes and perceptions towards sustainability, we can develop effective strategies to achieve greater sustainability in all aspects of our life which is critical to our success, both individually and as a nation.”
Elaborating on their collaboration for Qatar Sustainability week, Asterios Chalkias, Strategic Planning Director at Frame Communications said, “Frame believes in sustainable and practical living. So, when we were approached by the organisers, we were keen to take up their request to design the QSW report. The designs that we have produced for the initiative reflect both QSW’s and Frame’s commitment to the community we live and work in. We are proud to be associated with an event that not only promotes green, sustainable lifestyles, but also enhances the growth and development of Qatar in a way that preserves the country’s natural resources and energy reserves for the coming generations.”
The week-long event is set to host a number of activities including a bridge building competition, a photography competition, a beach and desert cleanup as well as the renowned Qatar Green Building Conference and Qatar Sustainability Awards.
To join or register for Qatar Sustainability Week 2017 please visit the QGBC website at this link: www.qatarsustainabilityweek.com/outreach/qsw/