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Posted On: 3 November 2022 03:37 pm
Updated On: 3 November 2022 04:08 pm

Museum of Islamic Art becomes Asia’s first museum to achieve carbon neutral status

Fareeha Imtiaz
Fareeha Imtiaz
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Qatar museum of islamic art asias first museum achieve carbon neutral status

Meeting its mitigation goals in line with Qatar National Climate Change Action Plan 2030, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) has received the globally recognised carbon neutral certification, making it the first museum in the MENA region and in Asia to achieve carbon neutrality.

Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art becomes Asia’s first museum to achieve carbon neutral status
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To achieve the status of carbon neutrality, MIA went through comprehensive audits aimed at measuring and verifying the GHG emissions linked with the operations and services of the facility. Acknowledging the achievement, an awarding ceremony was held at the museum in the presence of senior members of Qatar Museums, Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in its capacity as the verifying organisation, and the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD), which worked on the project as an advisory partner to support it in achieving carbon neutrality for a one-year reporting period that started in 2021.

In order to reduce its GHG emissions, MIA with the help of GORD identified low-carbon interventions and developed a carbon neutrality plan. In order to audit and validate the GHG emissions and carbon neutrality claims/plan, internationally reputed DNV Middle East was appointed to carry out a third-party audit based on the international standard – PAS 2060. After the completion of a successful audit, DNV certified that MIA has achieved carbon neutrality for its operations and services for the year 2021.

The scope of activities included in assessing MIA’s carbon footprint included the operational impacts linked with electricity and water consumption, waste generation and visitors' commute to the museum. In the assessment process, all major GHG emission sources were accounted for by using international protocols.

Source & cover image credit: Press Release