A cool new way to be Sustainable
For Qatar Cool, sustainability is no longer just about doing business responsibly – it is also about identifying key social and sustainability challenges, and finding ways to work with others to resolve them.
Being a responsible and sustainable Qatari organisation is of the utmost importance to us. We believe that district cooling has a critical role to play in the country's development and the National Vision 2030. Qatar Cool commits to reducing environmental risks, preserving natural resources and improving economic growth and opportunities. Qatar Cool ensures that the growth of operations is undertaken in a sustainable and responsible manner. We aim at being a responsible employer and adopting values and standards designed to help guide our staff in our conduct and business relationships. The company recognises its responsibility and integrity in meeting best practice benchmarks when interacting with its employees and stakeholders.
Qatar Cool takes the environmental impact of district cooling very seriously. Although district cooling has minimal environmental impact and energy consumption compared to conventional cooling systems, there are additional methodologies to further optimize environmental savings. Qatar Cool contributes substantially to the environment; we have achieved the reduction of over 150 million kilograms of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in 2016 alone. This is equivalent to removing over 28,000 thousand vehicles from the roads or planting 15 million mature trees.
District cooling plants are operated more efficiently with less harm to the environment by eliminating such things as carbon dioxide, possible gas leaks and noise pollution. Qatar Cool has put into action the switch from potable water to Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) as make-up water in our West Bay plants, thus saving a vital natural resource. TSE in the Middle East and other Gulf countries is a resource that is underexploited. Local authorities in Qatar have developed a conservation plan with all major district cooling companies in the country, which have access to readily available TSE to make the switch from potable water to TSE.
Qatar Cool's third plant in the West Bay District, which is currently under construction, is the first cooling plant in Qatar to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The plant, once operational, will operate using TSE as its make-up water.
Qatar Cool is focused on increasing the awareness of district cooling values and benefits while stressing sustainability and conservation in the country. To do this we support several conferences/seminars focused on district cooling, sustainability and the future of Qatar.
Qatar Cool's CSR objectives reflect the commitment of the organisation's responsibility towards society, users and the environment locally, regionally and