Innovation, technology drive clean energy revolution in Qatar | Daily News Byte

Innovation, technology drive clean energy revolution in Qatar

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Photo taken on August 11, 2022 shows the Lusail Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha. [Photo/Xinhua]

The clock is ticking on the climate crisis. And since major events — such as the soccer World Cup — draw millions of visitors to certain parts of the world, the carbon footprint left by tourists, building services, infrastructure requirements — is significant, to say the least.

However, FIFA, in coordination with this year’s host, Qatar, appears to be proving that not only do they have the desire to offset the World Cup’s carbon monster, but they also have the technology and know-how to run a carbon-neutral event.

In fact, cooling technology has become one of the main success stories of the Supreme Committee (the organization responsible for delivering the necessary World Cup infrastructure, planning and operations). The revolutionary system was first showcased at the inauguration of Khalifa International Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, in 2017, and has since been adopted at six other tournament venues, as well as other facilities across the country.

The air circulation technique cools the air inside each stadium and its barriers, filters it and pushes it towards the players and fans. Each stadium is cooled to a comfortable temperature of around 20C, with point cooling enhancing the commitment to sustainability and the environment.

The technology is also unpatented – meaning that companies and countries can use it to develop similar systems.

The Supreme Committee is also committed to delivering zero waste to landfill and instead recycles, composts or converts all waste into green energy. Extensive testing was carried out during the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, where waste was divided into organic, plastic, metal, electronic and cardboard categories. The remaining waste was sent to the Solid Household Waste Management Center of the Ministry of Municipality for further treatment in a waste-to-energy plant.

During that tournament, each stadium recycled at least 42 percent of the waste generated, with the rest converted into green energy.

Qatar also built three new metro lines in Doha in anticipation of the World Cup. The lines have reduced congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, noise and air pollution associated with road traffic. And free metro use is being provided to FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 ticket holders, as well as hundreds of accredited security, media and other event staff.

According to the words of the Secretary General of the Supreme Committee, H.E. Hassan Al Tawadi, “across sectors, the country is working tirelessly to develop a knowledge-based economy — reducing reliance on hydrocarbons and supporting Qatar’s social, economic and environmental path — and the World Cup is a vital catalyst to accelerate that vision.”

All of this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to innovation to tackle the climate in Qatar. Thanks to state-of-the-art facilities and technology, the country is in the midst of a fascinating and potentially transformative effort that should be studied, applied and applauded worldwide.

Billions of football fans around the world have waited four years to cheer on their country’s national team competing in the most watched sports spectacle.

This year, fans and athletes are witnessing a truly special experience.

Tthe author is the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations.

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