The Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) has awarded QTerminals Container Terminal 2 (CT2) at Qatar’s Hamad Port with internationally recognized sustainability certifications under the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).
The project has received GSAS Construction Management certification with a Class A rating, in acknowledgment of the green building credentials demonstrated during the design and construction stages.
Within the terminal, QAS South Building has secured the GSAS 3 Stars certificate under design and build, offices scheme. In addition, the terminal is undergoing a GSAS design and build scheme for the whole of Phase 1 and 2 areas.
Celebrating the achievement, an awarding ceremony was held, marked by the presence of senior leadership from GORD, the Project Consultants and QTerminals which is the terminal operator responsible for enabling Qatar’s imports and exports and its maritime trade flows.
Exhibiting outstanding on-site practices during the construction management phase, CT2 is the first project to receive GSAS construction management certificate under GSAS 2019, which represents a comprehensive sustainability assessment framework for rating onsite practices developed by contractors.
“In today’s globalized world, ports play an integral role in shaping the economic development of nations. At the same time, terminal operators are the ones that add value and streamline supply chains. QTerminals has an enormous responsibility to optimize and expand Hamad Port’s operational capacity to better connect Qatar with the international market.”
Mr. Neville Bissett, QTerminals’ Group chief executive, said, “we understand the importance and the impact of new developments on the environment and we will continue to drive these initiatives in all our future projects.”
GSAS-CM Class A rating attained by CT2 represents one of the highest levels awarded to projects that incorporate sustainability best practices during construction through land preservation mechanisms, efficient traffic management, energy and water conservation, waste management, dust control, responsible stockpiles management, recycling and reuse of materials, health and safety measures and worker conditions.
In the long run, the sustainability features of CT2 and its facilities will extend beyond design and construction phases. In the operational phase, the project will further enhance its environmental performance with the implementation of GSAS operations certification, including the use of fully sustainable LED high light masts and regenerated power from the STS cranes during operations.
GORD, a member of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, is a non-profit organization spearheading the MENA region’s sustainability milieu. GORD drives the transformation of societies, industries, and the built environment by influencing corporate ethos, fostering innovation, and developing the capacity to enable low-carbon sustainable growth for present and future generations.