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In an agreement to improve aggregate sustainability in Qatar
QPMC and TRL to lead the development of quality recycled aggregate for use in construction
The agreement will:
Local production to approximately 5 million tons of recycled materials that can be used in various construction applications including concrete buildings and road layers
Support government strategy of sustainable development
Reduce pressure on ports for imported materials
Produce local quality aggregate from wastes
Improve aggregate sustainability and strategic reserve

Doha, Qatar, X October 2016: QPMC and TRL have signed a contract for the development of quality recycled aggregate for use in construction. With current construction projects in Qatar consuming large quantities of imported aggregate and generating huge quantities of construction waste, the two parties have agreed to adopt innovative solutions to convert local construction waste into usable aggregate products that can be used for various construction applications including road construction, building and infrastructure development. The new agreement aims to support the State of Qatar's strategy of sustainable development and protecting the environment, at reduced costs.
Eng. Eisa Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer, QPMC, said: "At QPMC, we have placed the government strategy and economy at the centre of our operations. Working together with TRL will enable us to further extend our support to the government of Qatar to promote sustainability throughout the development of local aggregate from construction waste. Our collaboration will also enable us to reduce reliance on imported aggregate and improve the quality of our local aggregate materials.  This will have a positive effect on aggregate pricing, in addition to reducing pressure on our ports and developing new resources for our strategic reserve. ”
In line with this agreement, both QPMC and TRL will work closely with government organisations and private industry to identify how various types of construction waste can be best produced to meet requirements of national and international specifications for use in construction. This will enable the development of a new source of aggregate stream and support the construction sector in Qatar.
Dr Khaled Hassan, Country Director and Head of Middle East Infrastructure, TRL, said: “This is a significant milestone in improving the development of Qatar’s sustainability, economy and environmental impact.  We have a strong history of working with the relevant authorities in Qatar to improve sustainability and the development of recycled aggregate. Our cooperation with QPMC builds on this work and will open the doors for new aggregate products and business opportunities in the construction industry in Qatar.”
The Qatar National Vision 2030 emphasises the importance of sustainability and commits to ensuring that economic growth and social development are balanced with protection of the environment. Similarly, the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011 – 2016 affirms the importance of managing waste in line with the waste hierarchy by increasing the recycling of waste, and setting a target for recycling. There is thus a strong government policy to reduce waste generation, increase recycling, and mitigate the adverse impacts of waste disposal.
The collaboration between QPMC and TRL emphasizes QPMC commitment to improve aggregate sustainability by considering alternative aggregates generated from local wastes and builds on the practical solutions and evidence produced by TRL on the use of recycled aggregate through road and building demonstration projects in Qatar.  Both Parties aim to apply a new strategy for the developing of recycled aggregate to ensure quality products with pre-certification prior to use in construction. This will add great confidence in the use of recycled aggregate and encourage wider implementation in practice.
QPMC and TRL will work jointly to implementing new Codes of practice to improve the quality of recycled aggregates. The aim is to improve the management of waste generated from construction waste in order to recycle more and dispose of less material. The recycled aggregate could be widely used in various construction applications including concrete buildings, road layers, concrete blocks and interlock, pipe bedding and fill applications.
Recycling of construction waste would have great benefits in terms of protecting the environment and reduction of carbon footprint. In addition to developing a new source of local aggregate, the collaboration between QPMC and TRL will minimise damage of the desert through the continued disposal of construction waste in landfill sites.

QPMC is a Qatari company launched by the government to guarantee the constant support of primary materials for the construction sector. QPMC is at the forefront of facilitating the construction boom in Qatar, and stands for quality, reliability and efficiency. TRL is the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility, providing world-leading research, technology and software solutions for surface transport modes and related markets. It has been working with the relevant authorities in Qatar on recycling for the last 5 years, with work leading to the development of Codes of Practice for the quality production of recycled materials and updating of the Qatar Construction Specifications to allow the use of recycled materials in various construction applications.
TRL is the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility. It provides world-leading research, technology and software solutions for surface transport modes and related markets of automotive, motorsport, insurance and energy.