Hamad International Airport steps up waste management measures

Matar, the Qatar Company for Airports Management and Operation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) to develop and modernise waste management at Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Matar, a corporate subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group, manages HIA’s commercial and operation functions.

The MoU covers the management of different types of waste from HIA to the MME’s domestic solid waste management centre in the Qatari capital.

The collaboration seeks to develop an integrated system for waste separation, safe transportation, recycling and disposal of waste.

Environmental awareness and culture of sustainability at HIA’s airside and landside facilities are also part of the MoU.

Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, said: “We, at HIA, are committed to optimising our airport operations by improving our environmental performance.

“We are delighted to continue to contribute to Qatar’s National Vision 2030 pillar of environmental development by entering this strategic partnership with the [Qatar] Ministry of Municipality and Environment to further enhance our waste management systems,” Al Meer added.

Environmental sustainability

HIA seeks to increase its environmental sustainability mission by reducing waste, greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution.

Since 2014, HIA has showcased its commitment to environmental sustainability by pledging to improve carbon efficiency per traffic unit to 30% by 2030.

The airport has since observed a steady downward trend in overall CO2 emissions and has been certified at Level 3 by the Airport Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

HIA’s sustainability measures also extend to waste water management.

Most water used at HIA goes to the airport’s dedicated waste water treatment plant, which returns the treated water for irrigating the airport’s landscape features.

In 2018, HIA’s waste water treatment plant recovered 93% of waste water for re-use.

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