QGBC renews partnership with Doha-based hotel
Qatar Green Building Council and Wyndham Grand Regency Hotel sign MoU
Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and the Wyndham Grand Regency Doha Hotel (WGRH) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to renew the hotel's status as hospitality partner for the council in 2013.
Under the agreement, the two organisations will work together to spread environmental knowledge, promote awareness of sustainability issues, and encourage youth involvement in the country's green projects.
"QGBC is devoted to helping the hospitality sector reduce pollution and other harmful environmental effects generated by hotel operations.
"Through this renewed partnership, we will work together to develop sustainable practices and green targets for the hotel that still successfully deliver economic benefits," said Eng. Rasha K. Al Sulaiti, vice-chairperson of QGBC and project management director at Qatar Foundation 's Capital Projects and Facilities Management division.
QGBC recently launched a Green Hotel Interest Group to encourage best green practices across the nation's expanding hospitality sector.
A member of the interest group, WGRH has already made progress in 'greening' its operations. Power consumption from room lighting has been reduced by around 75% due to its decision to install energy-efficient lamps. The hotel also separates its garbage into paper, plastic and glass and carefully prepares buffets for total guest count to help ensure food is not wasted.
Ghada Sadek, assistant general manager and the head of sustainability projects at WGRH, said, "QGBC has improved our ability to address the environmental issues associated with the industry, and our team now takes sustainability into consideration for all aspects of the hotel's development and operation."
Through its Green Hotels Interest Group, QGBC will continue to collaborate with organisations like WGRH to work towards offsetting carbon emissions generated by hotels.