Hamad International Airport (HIA) through its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with KAHRAMAA in partnership with the National Programme for Conservation & Energy Efficiency “Tarsheed” launched the ‘One Degree Makes a Difference’ campaign in the spirit of Qatar’s Annual Sustainability Week. The initiative champions Tarsheed’s objectives on energy conversation as part of the Qatar National Strategy 2018-2022 objectives for saving resources through conservation and energy efficiency to achieve 8% per capita decrease of electricity consumption by 2022.

Since November 1st, the airport has increased the AC temperature by one degree for a duration of two months, demonstrating simple tactics that conserve energy and benefit the environment. Awareness videos and visuals are on display throughout HIA’s terminal, encouraging travellers to participate in environmentally-conscious practices.

Commenting on the campaign, Abdulaziz Al Mass, HIA Vice President of Commercial and Marketing, stated: “HIA holds itself to the highest environmental standards and to responsible business practice. A key component of our contribution to national energy saving initiatives is cooperation with instrumental and action-oriented organizations. We are committed to supporting Tarsheed’s initiatives for awareness, conservation, and efficient use of water and electricity.”

“The airport’s sustainable practice, comprised of several energy management programs and participation in Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation program, is paving the way to mitigate environmental impacts wherever we operate. We hope to be a leading example in encouraging other corporations in Qatar to take environmentally-conscious practices as seriously as we do,” he added.

Eng. Abdul Aziz Al-Hammadi, KAHRAMAA’s Conservation and Energy Efficiency Department Manager, commented: “This campaign is part and parcel of Tarsheed’s overall goal to decrease per capita consumption of electricity, encouraging efficient use of apparatus and decreasing CO2 emissions. As one of the most sustainable airports in the world, we are proud of this ongoing partnership which continues to result in valuable outputs. We have just completed our Energy audit for the airport, including an energy assessment report which will increase energy-efficient practices in HIA’s operations.”

This new initiative follows in the tracks of the existing MoU between HIA, Qatar Airways and Tarsheed, which was implemented last year to achieve long-term sustainability and energy conservation in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030. Through this framework, Tarsheed conducted staff trainings for both HIA and Qatar Airways on best practices for electricity and water conservation as well as energy efficiency, in addition to planned energy audits at HIA’s award-winning passenger terminal and at Qatar Airways head offices.

Earlier this year, HIA successfully retained its Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 3. The airport’s renewal came after successfully reaching Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ status last year in the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation program. The airport is the first airport among the Gulf countries and only the second in the MENA region to achieve this accreditation.

HIA is currently targeting to improve carbon efficiency per passenger by 30% by 2030 against a 2015 baseline and has achieved significant progress. In addition to a fuel-saving program aimed at reducing fuel consumption through operational practice and driver awareness, the airport’s Carbon Management Plan encourages the participation of the airport’s stakeholders including passengers, Qatar Airways and its subsidiaries, government stakeholders, private operators, and retailers to engage in environmentally-conscious practices and reduce carbon emissions across the airport campus. A cross-functional Energy Working Group identifies and promotes energy saving initiatives, including the optimisation of air-conditioning for passenger load bridges through integration with flight schedules, replacing conventional lighting with LEDs, and optimising light usage at the airport’s boarding gates.

Hamad International Airport is committed to continually improving environmental performance by achieving lower and more efficient greenhouse gas emissions, reducing and recycling waste, and managing noise and controlling emissions to air and water. The airport’s key environmental achievements are presented in its Sustainability Report which covers the airport’s contribution towards group-wide environmental objectives. The Sustainability Report can be accessed online through the HIA’s official website.

Tarsheed, a national program for conservation and efficient use of water and electricity, was launched in 2012 by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation under the auspices of the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani under the slogan “Qatar is Pulsing”.