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Waste management vital to Qatar's sustainability

by Kim Kemp on Feb 4, 2016


Dr R Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank, giving a presentation on ‘Green Banking & Sustainability’ at the event. (Image The Peninsula).
Dr R Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank, giving a presentation on ‘Green Banking & Sustainability’ at the event. (Image The Peninsula).

Waste management is set to be a key contributor to sustainable development in Qatar, according to Dr Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank. 

Giving a presentation on ‘Green Banking & Sustainability’ at the sixth editionn of Waste Management and Recycling Summit, he said: “Sustainable development is the one that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” The Peninsula reported.

He added: “Banks as responsible corporate citizens adopt green banking as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development” as it “considers all social and environmental factors to protect the environment and conserve natural resources.”

Seetharaman also noted endeavours of waste management within the GCC, saying, “In June 2015, Abu Dhabi’s waste management authority announced an ambitious 25-year recycling plan.

“Abu Dhabi will be split into zones with specific types of recycling centres introduced to match the kinds of waste generated there.

“The plan aims to integrate new facilities with existing ones. Landfills where waste is dumped and burnt will be restructured for more energy efficient and environmentally sound methods.”

He also highlighted the issues that Qatar is facing: “The landfills in Qatar are running out of space and new engineered ones need to be created.

“Qatar aims to raise the recycle share from 8% to 38% of solid waste, reducing landfill to 53% and converting waste to energy.”

During his presentation, Seetharaman also provided insight on global warming, carbon emission trends, and the importance of paper recycling.



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