Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, the first completed venue for next year’s Fifa World Cup in Qatar, has been awarded a four-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).

According to Fifa, football’s global governing body, the stadium is the first in the world to be awarded the certification.

The GSAS is administered by Qatar-based Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD).

The 40,000-seat stadium was handed a provisional award in June 2016. Extensive renovation work has been carried out at the venue, leading up to its reopening in May.

The stadium, which now features energy-efficient cooling technology, was handed the new award during the second annual Sustainability Summit in Doha, which was organised by GORD and sponsored by Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, organiser of next year’s World Cup.

The stadium also features energy-efficient lighting systems and plumbing fixtures.

“We are very proud to receive the four-star certification – this is a major achievement for Qatar, the SC and Aspire Zone Foundation, as we strive to meet our ambitious sustainability targets in the lead-up to 2022 and beyond,” said Bodour Al Meer, the SC’s sustainability and environmental manager.

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