Education City, where this venue is based, is a clear demonstration of Qatar's commitment to sustainability. The parklands, the headquarters of the Qatar Green Building Council and 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 be a leader – particularly for sustainability – and show what's possible when people work together towards a common goal, noting that the stadium has acquired 5 stars rating for design.
A green stadium in an oasis of sustainability
Education City 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 using smart building systems, such as lights and air-conditioning units that turn themselves off when not in use to reduce energy consumption. Environmentally aware design and construction practices will help reduce the stadium's carbon footprint – not only during construction but also throughout the stadium's lifetime.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has made huge contributions to green construction practices here. The stadium has been designed using globally recognised best practice, which will result in high levels of water and energy efficiency. At least 20% of the materials used for the stadium project will come from sustainable sources, with 55% of construction materials procured locally, minimising the carbon footprint of the stadium. Across the precinct, drought-tolerant and native species of plants have been used in 75% of the landscaping.
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 to Education City and trams directly to the arena, significantly reducing the number of cars on the road on match days. There will also be cycle paths and bike racks throughout Education City, encouraging people to choose a method of transport that's better for them and the environment.
It's these types of connected strategies that have made Education City Stadium the first venue in the world to achieve provisional 5-star certification from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS). 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.