POSTED: May 4th 2011
NewsUpdate

QOC and GORD team up to create cutting edge environmental venues

(L to R) GORD chair Dr. Youssef Al-Horr and Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, secretary general of the QOC shake hands on the signed agreement / lake images
(L to R) GORD chair Dr. Youssef Al-Horr and Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, secretary general of the QOC shake hands on the signed agreement / lake images

LAURA WALDEN in Doha / Sports Features Communications

DOHA, May 3: The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and the Gulf Organization for Research & Development  (GORD) have teamed up to ensure that all future sporting venues built in the country would follow Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS) standards.

This will focus on efforts to minimize energy usage and CO2 emissions to lower the carbon footprint. 

Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, QOC secretary general, and Dr. Youssef Al-Horr, co-founder and chairman of the GORD, signed the memorandum of understanding during the 9th IOC Sport and Environment meeting that was held May 1 and 2nd in Doha.

Sheikh Saoud said, “The QOC has always recognized the importance of establishing a balance between environmental and economic needs when it comes to sport.

“This agreement will allow for the assessment and evaluation of sustainability of pre-existing sporting venues, as well as setting a foundation for all future facilities to be built in Qatar.”

The country is looking to build groundbreaking environmentally friendly stadia to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and is taking sport very seriously as a cultural element in society.

Dr. Al-Horr said, “When QSAS was developed, it was envisioned that all aspects of urban development would be encompassed by these stringent sustainability standards.

“With Qatar already investing heavily in athletics and sports, it was only natural that future venues would be built under stringent sustainability standards.”

The QOC also was given the IOC Sport and the Environment award during the convention for the work that they are doing to promote “green sport”.


Keywords · IOC · Qatar Olympic Committee · Gulf Organization for Research & Development · Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani · Youssef Al-Horr · environmental venues


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