‘Sustainable Transportation and Legacy for Generations’ Exhibition Reviews Aviation, Maritime Transport Sectors Sustainability Strategy

Experts and officials from the transport sector reviewed the most significant objectives in aviation transport; the most prominent aspects of developing maritime affairs; achievements, projects, and strategies related to the civil aviation system; the sustainable strategy followed in Mwani Qatar; combating pollution in seas; and taking care of green spaces.

This came during the three discussion panels held on the sidelines of the Ministery of Transport's (MOT) "Sustainable Transportation and Legacy for Generations" Conference and Exhibition, with the participation of officials from MOT, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA), Qatar Aeronautical Academy, Mwani Qatar, Qatar Chamber, Qatar Airways, Qatar Free Zones Authority, QTerminals, Snoonu, and others.

The "Maritime Transportation & Enhancing the Economic Development" discussion panel discussed the sustainability strategy of Mwani Qatar which was designed according to a comprehensive roadmap that would achieve its institutional, national, and international development goals with a focus on environmental, social, and economic standards in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Participants in the panel noted that Mwani Qatar, within the framework of its vision for environmental sustainability, has implemented many responsible initiatives to protect the local marine environment, reduce air pollutants, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and increase reliance on renewable energy sources in its various facilities.

They pointed out that Mwani Qatar provided equipment and specialized staff to combat any oil spill and worked to clean the port using oil pollution control equipment and the marine unit in compliance with the national plan to combat oil pollution and international and regional treaties.

Regarding the process of saving energy and water as well as reducing the carbon footprint, the participants pointed out that the facilities and buildings at Mwani Qatar were equipped with means that save electricity and water consumption, pointing out the reduction of fuel consumption in Mwani Qatar fleet through the use of electric cars, as well as providing charging points for electric cars to encourage green mobility and contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

Within the context of discussing taking care of green areas, the participants stressed that Mwani Qatar maintains the green natural spaces in Hamad Port, and has planted 2,211 palm trees and 350,000 seedlings over the past two years, pointing out that Hamad Port currently provides 130,000 square meters of plants and green natural spaces within the framework of a plan that aims to plant more than 50,000 seedlings and 2,000 palm trees in the port during the current year 2023.

Participants in the discussion panel praised the distinguished level of QTerminals as well as Hamad Port and its operational work based on advanced technology fed by the local 5G network, in addition to remotely controlled cranes, remote data collection, and predictive and preventive maintenance.

They emphasized QTerminals' strategy to adopt eco-friendly facilities, equipment, and practices, along with a plan for continuous improvement to adapt to global environmental, social, and governance standards in various operations.

Regarding the MOT's strategy for the Maritime Transport Affairs Sector, the participants highlighted the most significant objectives represented by achieving maritime safety, protecting lives and property at sea, and providing high-quality maritime transport services and means, stressing that the MOT's Maritime Transport Affairs worked to update the strategy to be in line with the current stage in light of the Qatar National Vision, many initiatives and projects have been adopted to keep pace with the plan of the current phase.

The fifth discussion panel discussed the "Civil Aviation System Accelerating Growth and Active Role in Development." The panel highlighted that Qatar Airways played a significant role in supporting the strategic objectives of civil aviation transport locally and globally. They stressed that Qatar Airways provided safety and security and worked on sustainability and environmental protection.

Participants in the discussion panel noted that Qatar Airways won the "World's Best Airline" award at the World Airline Awards from Skytrax, as it is keen to create a thoughtful balance in its commercial operations and its long-term policy to support the principles of sustainability and environmental protection.

They stressed that Qatar Airways supports the goals of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and IATA's four-pillar strategy aimed at combating climate change: (technology, operational and infrastructure measures, sustainable aviation fuels, and carbon offsetting).

During the fifth discussion panel, the participants emphasized the development of air navigation, which plays an important and vital role in ensuring the safety of air traffic in Qatari airspace through implementing a set of tasks supported by the best advanced navigational devices and the latest technologies and relying on human cadres, experiences, and qualified national competencies to ensure the highest levels of safety and security.

The participants reviewed Qatar Air Control Center, which is distinguished by its 360-degree 3D simulation room, which provides the air control center with the second generation, which is characterized by high simulation capacity and accuracy in air surveillance, as well as being the only simulator in the Middle East that has such advanced specifications.

The closing panel "Transportation Sector and Enhancing the Business Community" highlighted several projects and strategies related to the transport and communications sector.

Source: Qatar News Agency