Tarsheed, the National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency launched by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA), and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), today announced a new program to build awareness and engagement among Qatar’s youth on energy conservation using the power of football. The Tarsheed T22 Education Awareness Project (T22) will roll out a tailored version of the Tarsheed program initially in 22 independent schools in communities throughout Qatar this school year. Additional schools will join the program in subsequent years, with the intention of reaching all primary schools by 2022.
Educational material and challenges will educate children about electricity and water conservation, contributing to Qatar’s efforts to achieve environmental sustainability as part of Qatar National Vision 2030. Additionally, schools receive an energy audit and upgrades to water and electrical fixtures to decrease consumption via faucet aerators and energy-saving bulbs.
Commenting on the program, Eng. Ali Mohammed Al-Ali, Manager, Conservations & Energy Efficiency Department at Tarsheed said, “We sought a way to bring the successful Tarsheed Program to schools, and found an excellent partner in the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. We believe the T22 Program blends the right mixture of education and fun, the building blocks for long-term conservation behavior change. Children will find the materials engaging, and learn that energy efficiency is critical to their future, and the future of our country. Schools will receive valuable upgrades to their meters, lighting and faucets to track and conserve energy.”
Paired on the program are two organizations contributing in complementary ways to the development of an environmentally sustainable country. The SC brings the excitement of sport and competition to the program – inspiring positive conservation behaviors through the approachable topic of football. Tarsheed brings its proven message of conservation and technical expertise to the program.
“Legacy, innovation and sustainability have always been at the forefront of our thinking since we bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” said Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the SC. “We’re pleased to play a role in this important program by bringing the spirit of football and sport to T22. Sports have a key role to play in building a more sustainable community, which makes it a perfect fit for this effort.”
T22 is targeted at primary school level students (ages 6-12), staff and teachers, and parents and families. They are reached through conservation and energy efficiency curriculum and sports activities that teach and reinforce conservation behavior at school, which will carry over into the home. Students will have access to materials that teach about conservation and how their behaviors impact water and electricity use. On a regular basis, students will engage in fun activities, including the visit of football stars from the Qatar Stars League.
The mascot of T22 is Spark, an animated figure who represents the spirit of fun that the program brings to the topic of energy conservation. Spark is the guide on the conservation journey, appearing across materials and videos that make up the program.
An energy audit of all 22 schools is underway, and will continue for the next month. This will provide a baseline for each of the participating schools, identifying conservation and efficiency opportunities via retrofit of lights with dimmable LED lamps and lux controllers, presence detector controllers for meeting rooms, toilets with delay timing and water efficient aerators on faucets. Taken together, these retrofits and the educational content will lead to energy savings in each of the schools for the long term.
T22 will culminate in an awards event recognizing the schools that have best achieved the performance targets set for the program based on Kahramaa readings of the meters installed in the schools to check energy consumption.