Qatar hosts the first waste tournament zero in the history of the World Cup

Doha – “Al Quds Al Arabi”: Qatar is preparing to reach a new milestone in the history of hosting the World Cup, being the first world sporting event without waste. With the start of the World Cup, the organizers are betting on achieving this goal, in addition to the series of aspirations achieved by Qatar. The Supreme Delivery and Legacy Committee continues its efforts to host the first waste-free tournament in World Cup history, not by diverting waste from World Cup stadiums to landfills, but rather by recycling it and taking advantage of it for uses that societies benefit by limiting the impact of the tournament organization on the environment. Bodour Al-Meer, Executive Director of Sustainability at the Supreme Committee, said the goal of these ongoing efforts is to organize the first waste-free version of the World Cup, recycling all waste resulting from tournament activities in stadiums and in the fan areas, or converting it in compost.Organic or green energy, for the benefit of the community hosting the global event. And he added in a statement that Al-Quds Al-Arabi received a copy: “As part of our responsibility to host an exceptional version of the World Cup, we have taken on a greater responsibility, which is to avoid by affecting the environment in Qatar and in the world as much as possible, and since the first steps of our journey we have tried to transform as little waste as possible from waste to landfills to be disposed of using traditional methods. The engineer from Qatar underlined that the design and construction phases of the World Cup stadiums have seen great attention to reduce the amount of waste deriving from construction work, to then recycle it. He added: “Our goal now, during operational operations in stadiums, is to avoid the production of waste and reduce it as much as possible, making sure it is sorted, then recycled and benefited.” The work to achieve this is an essential part of the sustainability strategy for the World Cup. These efforts were put to the test during the Arab Cup 2021, which hosted six of the World Cup stadiums; The waste resulting from the 19 days of the tournament was sorted and sorted in organic, plastic, metal, electronic and cardboard waste. The residual waste was delivered to the Domestic Solid Waste Treatment Center of the Ministry of the Municipality, for treatment in the waste-to-energy plant. In this context, Al Meer said: “Our work in the Arab Cup has shown that we are in able to organize a big tournament without sending the waste that could result from it to landfills. During the tournament, we were able to recycle the waste in each stage of at least 42%, while it reached 70% in the Al Bayt stadium, with the remaining percentage transferred to the Waste Management Center for conversion in power. Our goal now is to replicate this success during the World Cup and add new ones standard to host in future major sporting events in Sustainable way. “Engineer Bodour Al-Meer advised fans to be responsible and keep the stadiums clean and said:” As our efforts to organize a sustainable tournament continue, everyone in the community should realize that protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility. “We invite fans to support our efforts by keeping the stadiums clean and depositing waste in the appropriate bins, to facilitate our recycling task.” Sustainable construction The eight stadiums of the World Cup in Qatar were praised for their design sustainable, construction and daily management. It follows the best methods to reduce dust on construction sites and all stadiums are candidates for a Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certification of at least 4 stars for the design, construction and management of the plants, as well as a gold certification for their operations. Khalifa International Stadium received a 4-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certificate in 2017 and Al Janoub Stadium received the same certificate in 2019. Both Education City Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium received the Global Sustainability Assessment System ( GSAS) 5 star category. The Supreme Project Committee headquarters in Burj Al-Bidaa also received the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certificate for its 4-star operations.