TRL scoops Green Mind award for Qatar project
TRL's project aimed to reduce solid waste accumulation in Qatar/MENA
UK-based Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) has won this year’s Green Mind award for the best Green Innovation project in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The Green Mind Awards is an annual event that recognises the top green achievements made by companies, organisations and individuals working towards sustainability and the protection of the environment in the MENA region.
TRL’s project, "Investigating Recycled Aggregate Materials in Construction", aimed to reduce the amount of solid waste accumulating in Qatar and MENA, and provide a practical solution for a cheaper and sustainable aggregate supply into the region.
As a result of the study, the Qatar Construction Specifications will be updated and a recycling target will be developed for the National Development Strategy.
Commenting on the win, Khaled Hassan, regional manager – Qatar, TRL, said: “It is a great honour to win this award, and [more] importantly, with the Green Mind Award organisation encouraging investors, there is every potential for the results to be implemented across the region.”
Following extensive laboratory tests, full scale site trials are currently underway to demonstrate how recycled aggregates can be used in practice. As well as providing greater confidence in their use, the use of research-based evidence to develop and implement new technologies will enable government organisations and the construction industry to establish reliable and sustainable infrastructure.
TRL’s research project, which was funded by the Qatar National Research Fund, beat off stiff competition from over 720 other entries to the Green Mind Awards from 12 countries in the MENA region.