Posted on September 29, 2017

A team from the Environment and Sustainability Section at Qatar University's (QU) Facilities and General Services Department has calculated the QU's carbon footprint, covering the period from 2013 to 2015.

The study was part of the University's Sustainability Initiative, a strategic commitment to environmental sustainability through research, teaching and operational activities. The team included QU Environmental and Sustainability Specialist Eng Mays Abdalla and student from QU College of Arts and Sciences Khan Mohammed Sazzadur Rahman. It was led by Eng Husameldin Talballa, environmental and sustainability specialist at QU's Facilities and General Services Department.

The collection of data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the campus aimed to calculate QU's carbon footprint. It was crucial to set reduction goals and make the University more sustainable. To define the campus carbon footprint, the team followed the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (2004) guidelines that provide standards and guidance for companies and organisations to prepare a GHG emissions inventory. It includes accounting and reporting of the six types of greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). The amount of gases emitted was reported in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), which is the standard unit for measuring carbon footprints. 

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The results revealed that the average amount of emissions per person (staff and students) on QU campus was 3.33 metric tonnes of CO2e in 2015, while the total campus carbon footprint was 63732.98 metric tonnes of CO2e over the same time period. 
Eng Talballa noted that 2015 values provided the baseline for developing sound strategies and programmes, and that QU is the first university in the GCC region to measure its campus carbon footprint as an operational exercise. He added that this should be followed with creating QU sustainability network, with the aim of building an expertise base that will exchange ideas on issues related to carbon emissions, and raise awareness on the importance of adopting more sustainable practices both on and outside the campus. 

QU's Facilities and General Services Department Director Eng Mohsin al Hajri noted that QU Campus Carbon Footprint analysis for 2013-2015 will serve to develop and implement a Climate Management Plan to reduce on-campus carbon emissions. He said:"The QU continues to be a key partner in promoting sustainable development in Qatar."

source: Qatar Tribune