Education City, where this venue is based, is a clear demonstration of Qatar’s commitment to sustainability. The many green spaces, the headquarters of the Qatar Green Building Council, the world-class sporting facilities that open their doors to the public – everything here is focused on promoting a green, healthy future for all of us. Visitors will quickly realise that Education City wants to lead – particularly on sustainability – and show what’s possible when people work together towards a common goal.
A green stadium in an oasis of sustainability
Qatar Foundation Stadium will grow up alongside neighbours who inspire it to become an example of sustainability to stadium developers worldwide. It will guide the way for others by embedding innovative photovoltaic and reflective technologies into its roof, using the power of the sun to produce renewable energy. This will be converted into electricity and hot water, powering not only the arena, but also the nearby aquatics and indoor sports centres.
Even before the roof is in place, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) will have made huge contributions to green construction practices. The stadium has been designed using globally recognised best practice, which will result in water and energy efficiency, and at least 20% of the materials used for the stadium project will come from sustainable sources. Furthermore, 50% of all wood-based materials will be procured from sources with sustainable forest management practices, and 20% of all materials will be sourced regionally, minimising the carbon footprint of the stadium.
A connected green building policy
Fans travelling to the venue will notice that the environmentally friendly focus starts well before they arrive. They’ll be able to take the Doha Metro and then trams within Education City directly to the arena, significantly reducing the number of cars on the road on matchdays.
It's these types of connected strategies that will help Qatar Foundation Stadium achieve its goal of Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certifications. GSAS is building a profile as one of the world’s most widely recognised green building certification programmes, and will only further the venue’s claim to be a pioneer in sustainable football stadium design. This is an arena that the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, with its unwavering focus on developing a better future, can truly be proud of.