Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) becomes Asia’s first to achieve carbon neutral status
DNV as an independent verifier of carbon neutrality as per PAS 2060, verified and validated the GHG inventory of Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar (MIA) as carbon neutral for the year 2021. An awarding ceremony was held at the museum in the presence of senior members of Qatar Museums (QM), DNV in its capacity as the verifying organisation, and the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (Gord), the advisory partner which supported to achieve carbon neutrality for a one-year reporting period that started in 2021.
Meeting its mitigation goals in line with Qatar National Climate Change Action Plan 2030, (MIA) has received the globally recognised carbon neutral certification, making it the first museum in the Middle East and Northern Africa (Mena) region and in Asia to achieve carbon neutrality.
Our partnership with GORD started in early 2022 and is targeted to collaborate in many different prospects with climate change and resilience, ESG strategy development, and helping our customers to jointly achieve decarbonization.
Speaking on behalf of DNV, Mr. Prakash Tikare, area manager – India Subcontinent and Middle East, said: “Carbon neutrality is becoming the monument of the net zero commitment to create value chain impact with international standards and implement best business practices. With partnership with Gord, we are proud to support MIA to provide a strong direction for its stakeholders towards the net zero commitment of Qatar government. We commend the initiatives of MIA and congratulate it to be a frontrunner in contributions towards Qatar’s nationally determined contributions and set a benchmark in GCC counties.”
Dr Yousef Alhorr, founding chairman of GORD, said: “As repositories of artifacts, museums preserve heritage, culture and spirits of nations over time. The purpose they serve is intrinsically linked with the idea of environmental sustainability that aims at conserving our natural resources for generations to come. Like governments and corporate entities, museums too have a bigger role to play in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. By supporting environmental conservation alongside cultural preservation, QM demonstrated true stewardship as a forward-thinking organisation investing in the future of the nation as well as the planet earth. Gord is a proud partner of QM journey towards low carbon development".
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