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The Gulf Organization for Research and Development is convening a symposium to explore the enduring ramifications of the 2022 World Cup on sustainability.

The Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) organized an open discussion, in cooperation with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Qatar Science and Technology Park, and the Global Carbon Footprint Council, on the sustainability legacy of the FIFA,Football,Soccer World Cup Qatar 2022, in which participants exchanged ideas and visions about the means that the country has implemented Qatar to fulfill its ambitious commitment to present an exceptional tournament that is carbon neutral, and to build a sustainable legacy for future generations.

A number of speakers from international institutions, such as FIFA,Football,Soccer, and local ones participated in the panel discussion, as well as specialists and experts in the field of sustainability, carbon credit financing, solutions providers and programs related to reducing carbon emissions, and innovators in this field who participated directly in projects World Cup 2022.



During the panel, the participants learned about the main projects that helped build a green and sustainable legacy for the tournament, as the speakers discussed a range of issues, including the positive effects of sustainability for the 2022 World Cup, the environmental performance of the World Cup stadiums during matches, carbon neutrality for the tournament, and carbon offsetting in the field. The context of the World Cup, waste management during the construction phase, dust control resulting from construction movement, best practices for energy and water conservation in stadium construction sites, highlighting the integration of sustainability solutions in the design of the World Cup stadiums, and the role of the institutions concerned with the tournament in implementing and following up on sustainability measures in Qatar .

The episode also witnessed a discussion that brought together a number of experts on carbon neutrality issues, and Qatar’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of the tournament. This discussion was led by climate experts in the Global Carbon Footprint Council – the first program to issue carbon credits in the Middle East and North Africa – who also contributed to achieving Carbon neutrality for the 2022 World Cup.



The event shed light on how to design and build World Cup stadiums with environmental efficiency, and the use of sustainable materials and waste management practices, which led to achieving distinguished classifications in the field of green buildings according to the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS). Participants also learned about best practices in the field of rationalizing consumption. Energy, water, and dust control practices, among other strategies, have been implemented at stadium sites to reduce their impact on the environment.

Dr. Youssef bin Mohammed Al-Horr, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Organization for Research and Development, said in a comment: "Qatar has prepared future plans to reduce climate pollution and carbon emissions, long before it won the hosting of the FIFA,Football,Soccer World Cup, and it is certain that the opportunity to host this most followed sporting event in the world contributed to accelerating our progress in this important field, since the beginning We believed that the World Cup could be a catalyst for the green transition, not only in Qatar, but also around the world.".


Al-Horr added that this event aims to exchange knowledge and ideas, as well as present the green initiatives in which the organization participated with the support of the Sustainability Department of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. "By sharing insights into the means by which Qatar has achieved its ambitious sustainability goals, we hope to inspire and empower others to take action towards a lower carbon future. At the same time, we remain committed to ensuring that the sustainability legacy of Qatar 2022 continues for years to come.".


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