4ong>WCSEong>Tuesday,May 3, 2011Local efong>forong>t witha global visionSajith B WarrierAs curtains came down on the Ninthong>Worldong> ong>Conferenceong> on Sport andEnvironment (ong>WCSEong>), Qatar reiteratedits commitment to sustainable environmentalpractices and hopes to leave a lasting legacyong>forong> generations to come.“ong>Theong> issue of preserving our planetthrough the adoption of sustainableenvironmental practices constitutes a priorityof the Qatar National Vision 2030. We wouldlike to underline the fact that we, in the Stateof Qatar, are doing everything possible toadopt every means in order to contribute topromoting concepts of sustainability,” saidQatar Olympic Committee (QOC) SecretaryGeneral Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman AlThani while speaking on the subject — QOCCode ong>forong> Green Sport Venues: A Local StandardWorthy of Global Sharing — on the concludingday of the conference at the Doha SheratonHotel.ong>Theong> QOC official emphasised that underthe country’s wise leadership, all sportsdevelopment programmes of the QOC andits federations will engage in sustainableinitiatives.“We set ong>forong> ourselves the objective ofachieving an ambitious integration ofsport and the concepts of environmentalsustainability. In a way, that leads to therequired balance. In order to achieve the goal,we’ve strived to develop human knowledge,in the domain of sustainability assessment insports facilities,” added Sheikh Saoud, who isalso the president of Gulf Co-operation CouncilSport and Environment Commission.ong>Theong> QOC official dwelled further on theQatar Code ong>forong> Sustainability Assessment(QCAS), key ingredient of its environmentalcommitment.“ong>Theong> QCAS addresses multiple issuesdirectly relating to sports facilities, both in theplanning level such as urban continuationor geographical location, and in the levelof the building itself, such as energy, water,used materials, internal environment, andthe economic and cultural components.Furthermore, the system has the ability toassess the operational efficiency of the facility,”he said.Sheikh Saoud believes the QCAS is a modelworth emulating.“This unique initiative of its kind, embodiedin the QCAS is only a practical and objectiveexample which reflects our commitment tothe highest environmental standards in ourfacilities. We hope this initiative to be a livingexample worth following, of a local efong>forong>t witha global vision. We’re happy to provide theinternational sports community with the fruitof this modest efong>forong>t, which hopefully could,in the near future, be one of the referencesin the domain of building sustainable sportsfacilities,” he added.ong>Theong> QOC Secretary General also exhorteda strong co-existence between sports andenvironment.“We strongly believe the application ofsuch standards in sports facilities will reflectpositively on the environmental scene withits different aspects — reducing the depletionof scarce natural resources, reducing thenegative impacts resulting from urbanactivities, and contributing to the creation ofa better life ong>forong> athletes and sportspersons ingeneral,” he concluded.Sheikh Saoud emphasised that all sportsdevelopment programmes of the QOC willpromote sustainable initiatives.Photo/Shahjahan MoidinBrazil keen to deliver carbon-neutral OlympicsVolney Zanardi JrBrazil is fast getting ready to host a seriesof international events starting from thisyear, and it was not surprising then thatmost of the questions in the seminar weredirected at the panelists from that country.Volney Zanardi Jr, Deputy Executive Secretaryof Ministry of Environment, Brazil, had a fieldday as he addressed all environment-relatedissues with ease.Zanardi was one of the speakers in theplenary “How the Olympic Movementis Shaping Change. His presentation on‘Integrating Environmental Considerations inMajor Sporting Events’ was well received by theaudience.“We’re hopeful of delivering a carbon-neutralGames. Twelve cities will be hosting the gamesand a national waste- management policy isalready in place. We can’t work in isolation. Weneed a co-ordinated efong>forong>t,” said Zanardi in thesession chaired by IOC Executive Board memberNawal El Moutawakel.Brazil is slated to host the Fifth ong>Worldong> MilitaryGames from July 16 to 24 this year. In 2014, thecountry will host the FIFA ong>Worldong> Cup and twoyears later the Olympic Games.“Sports is a vehicle of social integration.We’ve been conducting awareness workshopsand all the 26 national parks are gearing up tomeet the challenges. We need to increase theproduction of organic food and we’ve alreadytaken the lead in integrating environment andsports,” added Zanardi.
ong>WCSEong>Tuesday, May 3, 2011 5wider vision“Our vision considers human element as the key to any successful environmentalpolicy. We set ong>forong> ourselves the objective of achieving an ambitious integration ofsport and concepts of environmental sustainability. We share with the InternationalOlympic Committee the belief that sport, in its wider sense, based on the concepts ofsustainability, can contribute effectively to changing where we live in all respects.Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al Thani, Director General, General Secretariat ong>forong> Development and Planning.GORD and QOC towork hand in handong>Theong> QOC and GORD should co-operate in the field of sustainabilityin sports venues by employing QSAS standards.ong>Theong> Gulf Organisation ong>forong> ResearchDevelopment (GORD) and QatarOlympic Committee (QOC) signed aMemorandum of Understanding, whichwill see both organisations co-operate onestablishing environmentally-sustainablesporting venues using the QatarSustainability Assessment System (QSAS)standards.ong>Theong> MoU was signed by QOC SecretaryGeneral Sheikh Saoud bin AbdulrahmanAl Thani and GORD co-founder andChairman Dr Youssef Al Horr.“ong>Theong> QOC has always recognised theimportance of establishing a balancebetween environmental and economicneeds, when it comes to sports,” saidSheikh Saoud.“This agreement will allow theassessment and evaluation ofsustainability of pre-existing sportingvenues as well as setting a foundation ong>forong>all future facilities to be built in Qatar.“Our partnership with the GORD is atestimony to our firm commitment toimprove Qatar’s sporting environmentwhile not sacrificing our naturalenvironment,” he added.ong>Theong> agreement stipulates thatGORD and QOC co-operate in the fieldof sustainability in sports venues byemploying QSAS standards, and byestablishing programmes that minimiseenergy expenditure and Co2 emissions inthe construction of new facilities.In addition, both the GORD andQOC are committed to develop andDr Youssef Al Horr, left, and Sheikh Saoud binAbdulrahman Al Thani sign the agreement.research sustainability issues that are ofimportance to the sports field.“With Qatar already investing heavilyin athletics and sports, it was only naturalthat future venues would be built understringent sustainability standards. We’rethereong>forong>e honoured, and privileged, to besigning this agreement with the ong>forong>wardthinkingQOC,” said Youssef.Qtel goes ong>forong>e-billingAs part of its ongoing series ofenvironment-friendly innovations, Qtelannounced it was moving towardselectronic billing ong>forong> all its customers.Electronic billing or e-billing will deliver billsto customers via e-mail as a PDF attachment ong>forong>easy access and storage.ong>Theong> introduction of e-billing will help reducethe amount of paper used in the productionof bills, and provide customers with greatersecurity and convenience ong>forong> checking monthlybills.Qtel has a long-term plan to phase out allpaper-based transactions, both internally,as Qtel becomes a “paperless office,” and ong>forong>customers. ong>Theong> move to e-billing will take placein two phases, so that customers will have timeto adapt to the new online offering.Customers who still want to receive paperbills can do so, but Qtel plans to eventuallyintroduce a small charge ong>forong> paper bills toencourage people to switch to the moreenvironment-friendly electronic option.Qtel will notify its customers in advanceabout any changes in services, terms orconditions such as the move to e-billing. Thisearly notice ong>forong> the e-billing service will befollowed with more detailed inong>forong>mation as thedate ong>forong> the changeover to the new e-billingprocess draws closer.DSP/A K BijuRaj