Qatar’s hospitality sector is rapidly adopting sustainable practices
Doha: As part of improving sustainability in the hospitality sector, 20 additional hotels enrolled in the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) program are set to achieve Green Key certifications.
“QGBC implemented the Green Key certification program in the hospitality sector in 2021 to create a culture of environmentally friendly practices in hotels in line with the country’s sustainability goals,” said QGBC Director , Eng Meshal Al Shamari.
Speaking on a Qatar TV show recently, Al Shammari said that 12 hotels operating in Qatar have already received Green Key certifications. “The Green Key, an international initiative, required a number of conditions from hotels, such as the application of an energy-efficient electrical system, lighting, temperature regulation, an efficient air conditioning system , waste management inside hotels, adequate ventilation and many more,” Al Shammari said. , adding that QGBC provided the necessary support and assessment to guide hotels to achieve certification.
He said 4 and 5 star hotels have more potential to get the certifications as they meet most of the specifications plus they are more interested in being certified.
Al Shammari said the Green Key certification program is implemented in coordination with partners like Qatar Tourism. “Qatar Tourism plays a key role in promoting the concept of environmentally friendly practice in the hospitality industry, encouraging hotels to apply for Green Key certification,” Al Shammari said.
He said it is not only important to have green buildings, but users also need green practices to ensure sustainability. “To obtain Green Key certification, hotels are also required to make visitors aware of the importance of preserving the environment.
Employees’ behavior towards sustainability is also marked during the assessment for certification,” said Al Shammari.
Green Key certification is the leading standard of excellence in environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry.
This prestigious eco-label represents a commitment by companies that their premises comply with the strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education. The Green Key Eco-Label is awarded to more than 2,500 hotels in 55 countries.
He said QGBS also runs the Eco-Schools program, attracting a large number of school participations.
“The Eco-Schools program is a two-year engagement program encouraging young people to engage with their environment by giving them the opportunity to actively protect it,” said Al Shammari.
He said that through the program, young people experience a sense of achievement in being able to have a say in the environmental management policies of their schools, ultimately guiding them towards certification and the prestige that comes with being awarded a certificate. a green flag.