Waste initiatives at airports

Environmentally-conscious decisions are becoming increasingly important in all sectors, including aviation. Airports working to reduce their waste and disposing of it in the right way is key to better environmental outcomes. This is where Hamad International Airport’s new waste initiatives are vital. Read our publication to learn more about Hamad International’s new waste initiative, and why waste initiatives at airports are essential for supporting the environment at this crucial time.


What’s changed at Hamad International Airport?


Hamad International Airport has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Qatari Ministry of Municipality and Environment to develop and implement more effective waste management methods. Hamad International Airport, also known as HIA, has committed to increasing its carbon efficiency to 30% by the end of 2030, becoming one of the most efficient air traffic centres in the world. This commitment has been in place since 2014, but more specific commitments regarding efficient waste management in 2021 is a demonstration of the airport’s dedication to better environmental practices in the long term.


The objectives of the MoU include the promotion of environmental awareness and culture of sustainability at HIA and the development of an integrated system for waste separation, safe transportation, recycling and disposal of waste.


Eng. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, said: “We, at HIA, are committed to optimising our airport operations by improving our environmental performance. We are delighted to continue to contribute to Qatar’s National Vision 2030 pillar of environmental development by entering this strategic partnership with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to further enhance our waste management systems.”


Why is this the role of airports?


Hamad International Airport understands it plays a big part on the level of emissions around the world and believes a significant proportion of the responsibility for carbon savings should fall to airports. This is because airports are some of the largest emitters of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases across the globe. A round trip from Hamad International Airport to Heathrow creates 631.4kg of CO2 emissions for every individual passenger, so making moves to reduce waste in the industry contributes to making up for the impact that flying has on the environment.


Wastewater disposal


Disposing of waste consists of much more than solid waste and litter, with liquid waste playing another significant role at airports. Hamad International Airport sits on the eastern coast of Qatar, so ensuring that the wastewater goes through the proper procedures is key. The alternative is wastewater entering the ocean, severely impacting the quality of life for the fish and coral. Qatar is home to Ras Laffan and Fuwayrit, two habitats integral to the survival of sea turtles in the region.


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