Green Initiatives

Some Lebanese companies and organizations have already passed the green light. Here are some examples:

Automakers



  • LED LIGHTS: In November 2015, after a study made by SOLARWOLRD, all the lights in our HQ, in Nahr el Mot, have been replaced by LED bulbs. Referring to the study made by SOLARWORLD then, we have reached 180 AMP of electricity savings after LED replacement which is estimated at 554,400 Kwh annually
  • PAPER:
  • All the used papers are being collected for L’ECOUTE Association which by recycling it auto finances its projects to serve people with disabilities
  • Reusing paper for double sided printing and drafts same goes for the envelopes reused for internal mailing
  • All the required documents are being scanned instead of being photocopied and sent in multiple hard copies. 400+ sheets are saved monthly
  • CARDBOARD: Most of the used cardboard is being sold to Gemayel Freres for recycling. 5+ tons were saved in 4 months
  • PRINTER TONERS: All the empty printer toners are being returned to BUROCRATE SARL for refilling.  More than 100 toners were saved in 1 year
  • PLASTIC RECIPIENTS: All detergent plastic recipients are being returned to our supplier “Spartan” for refilling
  • E-WASTE: The e-waste is being collected and sent to BEATOUNA or L’Ecoute for recycling
  • ADVERTISING BANNERS: All the advertising banners (billboards), when removed, are being picked up by waste® which handcrafts them into bags and accessories
  • METAL: All the metal parts are collected in the workshops and sold for recycling
  • NITROGEN TIRE FILLING For Motorcycles: Using nitrogen for motorcycles tires helps maintain a healthy tire pressure which will assist the vehicle in rolling with less resistance, resulting in better fuel efficiency
  • COOLING GAS: To save cooling gas, when an AC compressor or a radiator is changed, a specialized machine is used for storing this gas and refiling it in the newly installed part



  • RYMCO enforces a recycling system internally in support of T.E.R.R.E. Liban in “Papivore Malin” the paper recycling project. Below are the quantities of wastepaper collected and recycled over 6 years: 1790 kg in 2010, 19810 kg in 2011, 3820 kg in 2012, 2585 kg in 2013, 5274 kg in 2014, and 5062 kg in 2015
  • Took part in a reforestation campaign with Green Mind
  • Sponsored the Green Mind Awards to encourage environmental awareness
  • Shifted to using LED lights to reduce energy consumption
  • In 2010, Rymco was a main supporter and funder for a new environmental study that aims to monitor the air pollution caused by traffic conducted by the Atmospheric and Analytical Laboratory (AAL) at the American University of Beirut (AUB)
  • Rymco is always open to green initiatives sponsorships and other CSR activities
  • Internal Recycling Program in collaboration with Arc en Ciel: Leaving a reduced environmental footprint has been one of our main concerns. To meet this goal, we have implemented recycling initiatives in all our facilities. 
    Since 2013, all our offices have been sorting materials such as cardboard, paper, plastic, scrap metal, and glass bottles, to be collected and recycled by Arc En Ciel
  • Supporting the “Association Pour la Protection de Jabal Moussa”: Aiming to preserve the cultural heritage in Jabal Moussa Mountain and surrounding villages, we maintain our long-standing partnership with the “Association Pour La Protection de ‘Jabal Moussa’ ” and are keen on supporting their mission in order to achieve sustainable development
  • Low Consumption lighting and water saving: As we become more aware of our impact on our environment, we are using LED lights in our automotive showrooms to reduce energy consumption at our premises, therefore reducing environmental harm. In addition, we have been continuously promoting and encouraging our employees to be cautious in energy and water usage in all our facilities
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    Facility:
  • BUMC s.a.l. Headquarters, Toyota-Lexus City is equipped with green technology and features, as well as greenery within its landscape
  • All BUMC facilities feature large windows and skylights to promote natural sunlight & air circulation and reduce consumption of electricity during daytime
  • All BUMC facilities are equipped with green friendly, low consumption bulbs for lighting
  • Toyota & Lexus Vehicle Lineup:
  • In 2016, we launched the long awaited, 4th Generation Toyota Prius. The Prius remains Toyota’s technological ambassador, a showcase for new, relevant technologies that raise levels of safety, convenience, driving experience and comfort. It is a symbol of how BUMC aims to change drivers’ perception of eco-friendly vehicles, through the Prius, which offers style, ease of use and real driving pleasure
  • The C02 emissions of all vehicles within the lineup of both Toyota and Lexus are ensured to be according to standards
  • Proper Disposal & Treatment of Oils, Lubricants and such Chemicals: Safe disposal of lubricants, oil waste, used parts, scrap metal and plastics to agencies that ensure safe treatment, re-use or proper disposal
  • Recycling Programs & Material/Energy Reduction Initiatives:
  • All BUMC staff sort and recycle materials such as paper, cardboard, plastic and glass
  • All ink cartridges are refilled, instead of replaced
  • Electronics and used office equipment are donated
  • Staff are encouraged to shut down electronics, turn off lighting, fans and or AC units, and unplug electronics that consume energy and reduce power consumption when not in use or during closing
  • Print quotas to encourage employees to access soft copies of documents and reduce paper printing
Banks
  • Issued circular 197 on June 26, 2009 which allows banks to release the required reserve on the loans given for green projects, therefore making the financing of such projects more lucrative for banks
  • Provides most loans funded by international banks and funds (e.g. International Finance Corporation of World Bank, Agence Française de Développement, etc) which now contain conditions relating to the environment
  • Companies cannot use the loans unless technical consultants confirm their abidance with strict environmental regulations
  • Issued the wider and more detailed circular No. 236 in November 2010
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  • Environmental Scope: Promoting investment in green projects, Reducing the Bank’s environmental footprint, Educating the public on the importance of eco-friendly projects, Partnering with the Lebanese government, international organizations and NGOs to enhance environmental initiatives
  • Sponsored the renovation of Al-Naqoura Public School. The school is the first of its kind in Lebanon and the Middle East to be recognized as an eco-school with zero CO2 emission
  • Green Financing: Granting soft loans, with competitive interest rates and repayment periods, for eco-friendly green architecture projects, Financing projects that work on reducing air pollution in Lebanon, Financing projects aimed at the rationalization of energy consumption and increasing its efficiency
  • Growth in green loans: Bankmed green loans grew from USD 25,027 in 2010 to USD 4,039, 911 in 2014
  • Reducing Environmental Footprint: Offsetting Carbon Emission, Paper Recycling, Reducing Energy Consumption
  • Customer Involvement: Bankmed devised several payment and money transfer solutions through which it encourages our customers to significantly reduce paper use and even limit their visits to the branches, which helps in reducing energy
  • Promoting Green Awareness: Educating children and youth on the importance of preserving the environment is an integral component of our “Happy Planet” program. Through our annual Greenest School and Green Student competition, Bankmed succeeded at creating opportunities to educate children and youth in a manner that stimulates their interest and motivates them to take an active part in environmental protection
  • Bankmed will remain the official partner of the Garden Show and Spring Festival
  • Bankmed supports nationwide seminars that are aimed at promoting environmental awareness in all public schools around Lebanon
  • Digitized the clients’ statements thus reducing paper consumption within the bank’s headquarters and branches.  To reduce paper usage at the bank’s premises, we have put in place a recycling policy which encourages employees to shred the used papers in order to facilitate their recycling process (Recycling Progress 27,420 Kg in 2013 versus 30,660 Kg in 2014)
  • In order to reduce fuel consumption, we switch off the generators at our branches from 12:00 midnight until 7:00 am. (Fuel consumption was reduced by 4% in 2014 from 2013). This also led to reduction in electricity consumption
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  • Launched "The Power is Energy, Save it!" campaign which included a new series of energy loans that target both consumers and businesses
  • In cooperation with arcenciel, Fransabank launched the Bouchons Roulants initiative, with the objective, on one hand, to educate Fransabank’s employees on the importance of sorting and recycling plastic caps and bottles in order to preserve the environment, and on the other hand, to provide the bestowment of wheelchairs to a person with special needs. Two and half tons collected and sent for recycling, this initiative resulted in the acquisition of two wheelchairs
  • Fransabank’s management matched the number of wheelchairs donated through an equal contribution to employees’ efforts. As a result, four wheelchairs were donated to people with special needs since 2014
  • Fransabank’s plans are underway to execute this project in all its branches in Lebanon, and with its biggest branch network in the country, it will be hopefully also creating a nationwide momentum
  • Launched the Paper Recycling initiative, aiming at reducing the use of paper at its headquarters and branches by encouraging the use of electronic communication, minimizing the use of printed paper, adopting double-sided printing, among others. This initiative has also been a success with over 244.31 tons of paper recycled in the years 2014 and 2015
  • As for the effective promotion of these environmentally friendly initiatives and spreading environmental awareness to the customers,  the Bank  is placing starting April, at selected branches, open-topped recycling bins to promote waste sorting
  • Providing banking and finance specialized for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through funds of International Finance Institutions and Central Bank’s incentive programs
  • Planning a series of projects and initiatives to promote environmental awareness and education on waste sorting and recycling as well as support and financing of related projects nationwide
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  • Underwent a full green retrofit in compliance with the green international specifications and the environment conservation standards. Major components are: installation of a recycling system in the offices, replacement of standard lighting with low consumption lighting and presence sensors, installation of water saving equipment in the lavatories, and generalized  double-sided printing and photocopying practices
  • Conducted green awareness campaigns among its headquarter employees in order to encourage them to “reduce, re-use, and recycle” with the support of eco-consultants
  • Takes into consideration environment preservation guidelines when renovating any of its branches
  • Works in collaboration with Beeatoona, an NGO, to recycle its e-waste
  • Launched its Corporate Environmental Policy through the “Let’s Walk the Green Path” campaign in 2011, promoting a Green culture and an eco-friendly model on its premises through monitoring and minimizing water, paper, and waste consumption. A commitment that the Bank took further in the course of 2012
  • An advocate of many events related to the protection and conservation of the environment. To name a few: Jouzour Loubnan, Lebanon Mountain Trail and Bkessine Natural Reserve
  • Proceeding with the development of banking products for sustainable programs such as financing for the solar water heating launched by the Ministry of Energy and Water in collaboration with the Central Bank of Lebanon
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  • Carbon Footprint Measurement: Since 2012, we have been measuring and communicating the GHG emissions of all its premises using an internationally recognized online tool based on the GHG Protocol and developed by the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In 2012, the total GHG emissions amounted to 22,199.8 tCO2e and in 2015 it decreased to 21,738.2 tCO2e with an overall decrease of 2.1% of total GHG emissions
  • Carbon Footprint Competition in the Community:  We launched a competition in Q3 2014 during an Environmental Awareness Workshop aimed at teaching practices that respect and protect the environment to our employees’ children. It introduced the “Carbon Footprint” concept. The children were invited to measure their homes’ GHG consumption.  The winning team reduced their household consumption by 53% and introduced lifestyle changes such as installing solar panels, and switching from traditional 60W light bulbs to energy saving bulbs (24W) and then to LED (4W). Hence, at the onset of 2016, Bank Audi launched, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), La Sagesse and Makassed schools, a carbon footprint measurement micro-site called “My Carbon Footprint” (www.my-cfp.com). Through this micro-site children are able to monitor their consumption of resources. The best performance in impact reduction will be rewarded a financial prize and will be recognized as our “Green” champion in June 2016
  • “Grow Green” Program: Our internal recycling program encourages employees to collect solid waste from work or home, and to dispose of it at the Bank’s three special hubs. Items are donated to Arcenciel and l’Association de l’Ecoute. The results of our “Grow Green” Program have saved 7,622 trees and recycled 530.1 kg of plastic, 5,449.5 kg of metal, 435,313 kg of paper and 667.25 kg of PET bottles since 2012.  E-waste and books are collected annually to be up-cycled, reused or recycled. 965 kg of e-waste and 1,557 books were recently donated
  • Environmental Loans: We extended over USD 26 million of environmental loans in 2015 which were subsidized by the Central Bank of Lebanon at preferential interest rates. We also extended more than USD 29,000 in sponsorships to various environmental and animal rights projects recommended by our different branches. To note, we contributed to reducing the nation’s carbon footprint through facilitating environmental loans granted by the Central Bank (Circular 236) in coordination with the Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC), as observed for 2013, 2014, and 2015. These loans helped various residential, commercial and industrial projects reduce carbon emissions. Hence an overall saving of 12,771 tCO2 in carbon footprint due to these loans using energy efficient, solar or photovoltaic solutions. In 2013, an initial saving of 158 tCO2; In 2014, an accumulated saving of 2,533 tCO2; In 2015, an overall saving of 12,771 tCO2 spanned over the years of measurement
  • Earth Hour: We join the global initiative “Earth Hour” on March 19 at 8:30 pm every year by turning off the lights, at Bank Audi’s Plaza, Palladium and M1 buildings for one hour,  in order to help “Save the Earth’s Climate”
  • Paper Consumption: Beginning 2014, we involve all employees to commit to re-use, recycle, and reduce through a variety of ways. This initiative has led to a reduction of 18.5% of our paper consumption
    Funding green projects:
  • Provided by the end of December 2015 more than $180 million in funding for green projects that are helping Lebanese companies and home owners cut costs, spur growth, and protect the environment, thanks to its partnership with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group
  • First commercial bank in MENA to participate in IFC’s Sustainable Energy Finance program in 2011, to help raise awareness on the protection of the environment, build a knowledge base for its staff and personnel, and expand its loan offerings for corporations, schools and home owners wanting to invest in eco-friendly projects

  • Developing eco-friendly products and services:
  • First bank to launch, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Earth Card, a card made of eco-friendly material, which contributes to funding environmental projects in Lebanon, an initiative which earned the Bank a National Green Award by the Ministry of Environment. 
    Offers SMEs the possibility to reduce their energy footprint and their impact on Earth, by investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy with Kafalat Energy, and Kafalat Agriculture to finance farming, agriculture and arboriculture activities

  • Adopting environmentally-friendly practices at the workplace:
  • An initiative launched in 2011 helped to reduce, reuse and recycle paper on all of the bank’s premises. A green guide was issued to raise awareness among employees and provide them with tips on how to reduce paper usage. Shredded paper is being collected and donated to “Association L’Ecoute” allowing the recycling of 367 tons of paper by December 2015, thus saving an equivalent of 6,254 trees
  • Donated 1,834 e-waste items including monitors, printers, PCs, projectors, routers, phones, laptops, fax machines and other electronic devices
  • Embarked on a vast retro-fitting of its physical premises in order to bring them up to the high energy-efficiency standards it has established. The new headquarters is planned to be a sustainable green building which will set new sustainable architectural standards for the banking industry

  • Supporting green initiatives:
  • In collaboration with Mastercard, BLF and UNDP, launched the Earth Card competition to finance eco-friendly projects in Lebanon. Each year a specific theme is selected and eligible participants are invited to submit their applications
    A series of environmental initiatives are also supported such as partnering with Jouzour Loubnan to plant trees throughout the country and teaming up with Jabal Moussa reserve to help preserve its natural biodiversity. It also sponsors and participates actively in major events such as the Beirut Energy Forum and others

  • Raising green awareness among stakeholders:
  • Continuously raises awareness to encourage employees to opt for green attitudes in their daily lives. BLF also raises awareness externally by participating in panels and conferences and by publishing information via its various communications channels.
    In response to the waste crisis faced by the country, we launched in 2015 a recycling awareness campaign on Lebanese TV channels, and created an environmentally-friendly greeting card to spread environmental awareness within its sphere of influence. 
    Strives to impact consumers’ behaviors through its online banking, which is good for the environment as it cuts down paper usage and reduces pollution
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  • Creating and adopting (in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC)), we a tailor-made Social and Environmental Management System (SEMS), consisting of assessing the environmental and social risks and opportunities arising from customers’ business activities
  • Striving to enhance and adhere to sound banking principles and promote an environmentally and socially reliable development across the full range of our activities
  • Accepting and adhering to the European Investment Bank’s environmental objectives, namely to preserve, protect and improve the quality of the environment, protect human health, in relation to the environment, ensure the prudent and rational utilization of natural resources to conserve nature, and promote measures to deal with regional or worldwide environmental problems, notably climate change and access to potable water and sanitation. In doing so, both banks apply the principles of “prevention”, “precaution” and “polluter countries”, as embedded in the European Community policy. In this perspective, all projects requesting financing from the EIB have to comply with the Environmental Survey covering both the environmental and the social impact of the project being financed
  • Regularly reviewing and updating the Bank’s lending strategies to align them with industry standards in terms of Social and Responsible Investment (SRI).  Centering our strategy on three priorities: Reducing the intensity of our environmental footprint, Promoting environmentally responsible business activity, and Offering environmental products and service
  • In line with the Central Bank’s recommendations and recently issued circulars, providing green facilities to fund projects that have a positive environmental impact.  Projects encompass eco-friendly initiatives in Lebanon, such as green architecture and ecological ventures, implementation of renewable energy, wind power, solar water heating panels, energy saving lighting systems, tiles cladding, and eco-bricks.  Loans are granted at competitive interest rates and for long terms, as a token of Credit Libanais’ commitment to the planet and a step toward green banking
  • CL Group’s recently executed landmark 32-story Head Office Tower in Ashrafieh responds to the latest trends in construction and utilization sustainability. At CL Group new Head Office Tower, special attention has been given to using environmentally friendly construction materials taking into account the use of renewable energy sources for future daily utilization.  Considerations such as efficiently using energy, water, and other natural resources, reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation were also been given broad attention in all phases of the project, from design to commissioning. Those considerations are reflected in the green: Architecture, landscape, interior and lighting, recycled, reused and sustainable mechanics and materials, reduced water usage
  • The main data center environment is water cooled at relatively high temperatures, which greatly increases the efficiency and reduces cost. CL Tier III data center features are summarized as follows: Chilled water-cooled white space. The chilled water system significantly increases efficiency and running costs; The chiller compressors and pumps optimize energy consumption based on actual demand; A special variable primary chilled water system further reduces energy expenditure;  Computer room air conditioning units reduce energy consumption; Cold air containment enhances the overall system efficiency; The fresh air for the data center is centrally pre-treated with an energy recovery unit Associated office space is air conditioned by a VRV (variable refrigerant flow) system for high efficiency and lower energy expenditures. The system interfaces with the BMS (building management system) for scheduling and centralized parameterization to avoid operation during unoccupied periods; The latest VRV system technology provides cooling to the office space; Re-circulated air from offices ventilates the UPS/battery room through transfer fans, which reduces the amount of treated fresh air; Modular UPS systems adjust capacity to actual IT loads. The lighting is switched by a lighting control system that includes automatic motion sensors and centralized parameterization and scheduling to avoid operation during unoccupied periods; The BMS (Building Management System) integrates all subsystems, either directly or via SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), KNX, and data center infrastructure (DCIM) controls. The system allows an overall insight on the operations of the data center, monitoring all energy expenditures, faults, and alerts; DCIM optimizes operations and increases overall efficiency
  • To reduce the Bank’s carbon footprint, CL departments and branches became greener this year with reduced paper consumption and responsible recycling for glass, plastic, electronic consumables and others
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Education



  • Energy and Emissions: While the University historically has relied heavily on nonrenewable fuels and we realize their negative impacts on the environment. As a Catholic university, we strive to be responsible stewards of the Earth and its resources. We strive to respect all the people with whom we share the planet and to leave a legacy for generations far into the future. In our endeavor to act as good stewards, the University intends to reduce its energy consumption through conservation and efficiency and by switching from diesel private energy generators into cleaner and renewable sources of energy, such as Photovoltaic Solar Electric Arrays and solar water heating system. Although it is not economically or operationally feasible to immediately discontinue all fuel use, we can strive to lessen the negative impact of our energy use by reducing our energy demand, increasing our energy efficiency, and increasing the percentage of our energy fueled by renewable and sustainable energy sources. To this end, we have developed a number of energy and emission strategies
  • Waste: The University’s current goals are to divert 50% of all waste by the end of 2017 and 95% by 2022; we should continue to work toward these goals. Although the University has been actively combating waste on a number of fronts, there is much opportunity for improvement, including moving toward setting an informed goal

  • Improve campus-wide single-stream recycling:
  • Increased single-stream recycling rate to approach the overall University objectives
  • Mapped and tracked current recycling signs and containers in campus buildings and facilities
  • Standardizing signage and containers for ease of use
  • Conducted routine and standardized waste and recycling audits in more specific areas
  • Increased recycling and diversion at all events by creating a data baseline, working on packaging and service ware options, and improving messaging
  • Tracked and reported single-stream diversion rates by more specific type and user group
  • Increased accountability and responsibility of all campus divisions for measurable increased recycling, decreased waste production, and decreased waste sourcing

  • “Go Green, Before Green Goes”: For many years the University has acted to inspire and encourage environmental sustainability, both academically and administratively, through the implementation of hybrid petrol-electric vehicles since 2010, energy conservation measures across facilities, the design and construction of LEED-certified buildings like the Medical building, and the establishment of the Office of Sustainability, academic and research centers



  • Environmental Club planted 300 trees in the last three years. 100 in Nabatiyeh, 100 in Kchag (Mansouriyeh), and 100 in Anjar
  • Environmental Club distributed paper recycling bins to every office at Haigazian University
  • Environmental Club did several workshops to school students about the importance of upcycling
  • We cleaned the Jera7iyeh Refugee Camp in Al Marej area and raised awareness among its habitats
  • We installed the RVM machine in collaboration with Atria on February 2016 and 5312 plastic bottles were recycled in March 2016
  • We participated in Earth Hour on March 19,2016 with Up-cycled items made from bottle caps. Some of the items were: Lamp, chandelier, clock, trash can, key chains, curtain, and purse. A total of 5000 bottle caps were used
  • Using alternative energy sources (using photovoltaic cells and using steam from power generation for heating). Recent installation of photovoltaic cells on the roof of Bechtel and Science Research Building
  • Improving the recycling program through installing 6 reverse vending machines and implementing the Red and Blue recycling program throughout campus buildings
  • Introducing electrical cars on campus and encouraging the use of bicycles for commuting by installing bicycle racks across all AUB gates
  • Installing energy efficient and water saving devices and fixtures in new buildings and some existing buildings
  • Installing high efficiency HVAC systems in many buildings
  • Installing high efficiency lighting systems in all new projects and use of LED lights
  • Developing a strategy for “AUB towards zero waste” through working on greening our purchases, operations and events and improving our recycling infrastructure
  • Installing Reverse osmosis units to reduce the purchase of water tankers for domestic water use and use treated water for drinking to reduce water bottles consumption
  • Developed a guide on how to be a Green Aubite
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  • Fully using both sides of papers (as back papers are used  for internal draft circulation)
  • Working towards shredding fully used paper to be sent for recycling
  • Sorting out cardboard, plastic, and glass holders for recycling
  • Urging all our students and staff to participate in waste sorting
  • Making all students residing in dorms sort out all waste
  • Setting special bins all over campus for the purpose of waste sorting
  • Soliciting LGU cafeteria to sort out waste as part of our green endeavor
  • Making students participate regularly in the university initiative for “Sea cleaning campaigns”
  • Instructing our maintenance team to make sure all lighting and AC units are switched off when staff members are out of the offices, in meeting rooms, or classes
  • Gradually replacing all bulbs with led lighting and old taps with push-on ones to save water



  • For the newer buildings a lot of effort has being done to save and build around the trees growing on campus wherever possible, and replacing the ones lost to construction in green areas around campus
  • Minimizing paper waste by installing automatic hand dryers
  • Installing environmentally friendly features including but not limited to solar panels and using solar power in the new and in the existing buildings
  • Adding over 10,000 spm open green spaces to the Zahleh-Nabi Ayla campus
  • All hot water on our Zahleh campus is solar powered
  • We are studying the possibility of installing solar panels to cover all electricity needs for the Zahleh campus by 2017
  • All exterior lights and projectors on the Zahleh campus were replaced by LED lights in 2015
  • Installing energy saving LED lights and projectors throughout
  • 80% of paper used in our Zahleh campus is recycled
  • Starting massive recycling efforts on all three campuses
  • Consistent and regular awareness campaigns around Reducing, Recycling and Reusing on all three campuses
  • Teaming up with Arcenciel for our recycling efforts on all 3 campuses



  • Installing energy- efficient lighting: Azm University is a young academic institute with plans to grow in programs, facilities, and campus area. The current building is fitted with energy efficient lamps and variable speed drives for HVAC systems and water pumps. Same will be implemented in new buildings
  • Integration of environment- related courses in the undergraduate curricula
  • Effective roof and walls insulation; being a modern recently built structure, the current building has upgraded walls and roof insulations that save on heating and cooling operations
  • Reducing paper consumption by printing on both sides
  • Recycling of papers and glass; a program has been set to collect and send papers and glass for recycling
  • Budget is allocated for students clubs to carry out activities that promote environmental awareness amongst students and the community in general

  • Future plans: 
  • Installing PV modules on the rooftop to generate clean electricity, cut on the electricity bill, and reduce emissions from the standby diesel generator
  • The University is committed to match the national and international standards of providing an average of 4m2 green area per student in the expansion plan of the campus
  • All the new buildings will match all the requirements for the Green building labels
  • Providing bicycles racks in the parking lot to encourage cycling amongst students
  • Conducting regular awareness campaigns amongst the university community and the local community in general about the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle



  • “Sustainability” and “concern for the common good” are among the core values rooted in the mission statement of Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU)
  • In collaboration with specialized NDU faculty members and eco-consultants, all on- and off-campus sustainable development, CSR, and green awareness campaigns as well as conferences and student projects are aimed at encouraging faculty members, staff, students, and NDU stakeholders to become even more environmentally responsible
  • Newly-constructed buildings and buildings in the final stages of construction at the University are green buildings such as the Ramez G. Chagoury Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Design, FAAD
  • NDU formed a specialized Recycling Committee to deal with Waste Management, and the University administration tasked this committee with the responsibility of developing a strategy that would soon result in zero waste
  • Recycling bins are distributed everywhere across all three NDU campuses
  • On-Campus Waste Management: collecting and sorting materials, and delivering the waste to recycling specialists
  • Internal Paper Recycling System
  • Solar Heating Panels for NDU Student Dorms
  • Using LED lights to reduce energy consumption during working hours, and also using motion sensor-equipped LED lights to reduce overall energy use and consumption
  • Faculty members and staff are asked to turn off electronic devices, lights, and AC units to reduce power consumption during closing hours
  • All standby generators are installed with Night Mode system, with the exception of one standby generator per zone
  • NDU is in the process of going paperless by consecutively introducing workflows on its intranet to reduce paper use
Energy Providers
  • Committed to an internal environmental policy and strategy
  • Provides Green Power online UPS systems (Highest efficiency in the market, certified by TUV, for maximum energy savings)
  • Flywheels for clean energy storage as a replacement to classical sealed lead acid batteries
  • Servo-controlled stabilizers, inverters, rectifiers with high efficiency for energy savings
  • Off-grid photovoltaic systems for green backup-power
  • Grid-connected photovoltaic systems for green electrical generation and energy bill savings
  • Special photovoltaic for roofs and facades of "Green Buildings" (opaque and transparent photovoltaic glass/windows)
  • Innovative speed-bumps that generate renewable green energy
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  • Imports gasoline products from European sources with specifications exceeding local requirements and sold with no additional charges, ensuring quality petroleum products with minimal environmental impact
  • Launched an awareness campaign in 2011 entitled "HYPCO...Think Beyond" emphasizing the low sulfur content in its gasoline products
  • While the Lebanese specifications allow sulfur content in gasoline to reach 500ppm (part per million), Hypco is importing gasoline with sulfur content that decreases it by 50 times less
  • Engine Performance: Providing generators powered by the most efficient engines with considerate fuel consumption and high technology in order to reduce the environmental harm
  • Environmental Oil Filters: The oil filter shall extend oil life and significantly increase the “oil change interval” and resulting less waste
  • Environmental catalytic convertor: Equipping our generators with emissions control devices that are responsible of eliminating all toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust smoke
  • Hybrid Power: We have installed wind and solar power solution in order to feed power to our factory and offices
  • Focus on Hybrid Solutions: Development of hybrid solutions  for commercial industrial and residential applications
  • Low fuel consumption solutions: Development and implementation of low fuel consumption solutions
  • Internal Recycling Program: Recycling efforts throughout the company by implementing in house recycling bins for the offices and the factory
  • Greenhouse gas emissions: Working with the Ministry of Environment on greenhouse gas emissions
  • Low consumption lighting and water saving: Use of LED lights in offices and factory to reduce energy consumption. In addition to continuously promoting and encouraging staff to be cautious of energy and water use
  • Standard e-mail banner: Standardized the E-mail banner “METS Energy encourages you to take a green step today, Please think well before you print”
  • Recycling scrap metal: Reuse of scrap metal
  • Environmental policies and strategy: Committed to an internal environmental policy and strategy
  • Environmental NGOs: Supports NGOs and projects that include planting trees in the mountains of Lebanon, cleaning beaches, saving the heritage of Beirut's old buildings and green areas
  • INK toner cartridge: Using remanufactured INK toner cartridge
  • Smoking Free: Became a smoke-free environment
  • Solar: Grid-connected photovoltaic systems for green electrical generation and energy bill savings
  • Lubricants: Promote lubricants from European sources with specifications exceeding



  • Replaced all Diesel Generators in our facilities (offices and showrooms) with Energy Saving and Green EPS equipments that use less batteries and provide higher efficiency. This initiative has to large extent reduced our CO2 emission footprint and therefore its impact on the environment
  • Replaced all legacy lighting with efficient LED based equipment to reduce both load and pollution usually generated by lights and electricity
  • Fully replaced paper based invoicing and archiving with an electronic documentation and management system
  • Launched a Proof of Concept project with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Touch Lebanon in collaboration with the Industrial Research Institute to provide scientific analysis and evidence to our research since 2013 for reducing the mobile operators’ Diesel Generators oil and fuel consumptions and minimize their CO2 emission footprint through the introduction of our ultimate oil and fuel filtration systems and techniques that eliminate up to 90% of waste oil disposal, filters elements replacements and disposal, and reduces maintenance and service cost by up to 90% while contributing to more than 15% of fuel savings. This initiative is now being offered to the public at affordable cost in order to minimize the impact of Diesel Generators on the environment as well as on our health.
  • Import, distribute, install and maintain Green EPS, Interactive, and Online UPS systems with intelligent energy saving techniques
  • Import, distribute, install and maintain Photovoltaic (PV) and Wind Turbine systems and, promote and encourage the use of such alternative energy sources



  • Installed two big bins for plastic and cans where people can drop off their recyclables, in partnership with Arcenciel
  • Waste Oil Collection and Processing Based on the request of customers, MEDCO offers a waste oil collection service. After collection, the oil is carefully stored and reused in MEDCO’s premises to heat fuel products

  • At our convenience stores:
  • Biodegradable bags
  • Reusable bags
  • Smoke-free environment

  • At our offices:
  • Double sided printing
  • Environmentally-friendly eco-labeled paper
  • We encourage our customers not to print their invoices by sending them e-invoices, our 2015-2018 goal is to have 0% printed invoice at our premises

  • Recycling Education: In 2011, MEDCO organized an activity with school students in collaboration with “Ana ma Bkeb” in which they drew “recycling-related” drawings. The drawings were later printed on biodegradable bags and distributed to MEDCO’s customers

  • Environmental Awareness Campaigns:
  • MEDCO took part of the green festival on June 5, 6 and 7 at Beirut waterfront. The green festival is a zero waste event
  • Medco took part of Earth hour Lebanon 2015 at Pavillon Royal and encouraged Lebanese citizens to turn off their lights to show their support and love to Mother Earth



  • Environmental Impact: Our concern for the environment, our love for nature and our passionate beliefs have guided us through various types of project to lessen the impact on the environment, every successful project that we deliver is considered as a positive environmental impact

  • Environmental Footprint Reduction: As a part of our commitment to a more sustainable green community and by providing green solutions we were able to make a reduction on the carbon footprint, we save daily thousands of liters of fuel, grid usage, and wastage of power

  • Green Loans: Supporting the eco-friendly projects in Lebanon for companies and private individuals through the Green NEEREA fund loan with the collaboration with the UNDP, MOE and the Lebanese Central Bank

  • Waste Management and Recycling
  • A number of our environmental programs focus on reducing waste generated by our operations, we are always looking for ways to eliminate, reuse or recycle potential waste on a regular basis
  • We believe in sustainability and conservation, which is reflected in our work and overall policy. Our methodology includes minimizing waste during construction and installation. The waste that does accrue is disposed properly according to international standards

  • Green Office Strategies and Initiatives 
  • We insure to Purchase recycled paper and green office stationary as much as possible
  • Setup a printer friendly email signature for all staff: “Save a tree don’t print this e-mail unless it’s really necessary”
  • Encourage staff to use scrap paper for internal notes by giving each staff member a scrap paper box in their desk 
  • Encourage staff to implement default double sided printing 
  • Replacement of incandescent lights with energy saving lights LEDs in all our offices and warehouses 
  • Distributed around 200 cedar trees that were planted all over Lebanon as the Company giveaways
  • Installed energy saving devices on all our office air-conditioners which is reducing 30% of the energy consumption 
  • Automatic Sleeping mode on all our printers to reduce energy consumption and we always ensure to shut down all the electrical devices during out of office  hours
  • Posting of environmental/green related articles and news on our Facebook page
  • Staff business cards are all made of recycled paper

  • Events, Memberships and Educational Support
  • Participating in the earth hour every year as a contribution in creating a sustainable world
  • Organizing a yearly outdoor Earth Day celebration with our employees, clients and friends 
  • A member of the WEC (World Energy Council)
  • Internship programs for top universities in Lebanon
  • Supporting educational projects by Providing promotional materials/products for LGBC " The Green Demo Room project " among other educational events



  • Design, supply and install solar PV systems for residential, industrial and commercial applications all over Lebanon
  • More than 500 kWp of solar PV systems installed, which will result in a total of around 757 MWh/year of energy production and reduction of around 593.91 ktons of CO2 emissions per year
  • Organized several workshops, presentations and awareness campaigns in different villages in Lebanon to introduce people to the benefits of green initiatives and renewable energy projects and positive environmental impact
  • Encourage people to adopt eco-friendly projects through green NEEREA loans (supported by Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, LCEC and BDL)
  • Installed VRF air conditioning system with inverter technology in our offices. This technology results with lower energy consumption as compared to standard air conditioning
  • Our Beirut and Batroun offices are partially powered through a back-up solar PV system 
  • Replaced incandescent lights in our offices and warehouses by LED lighting 
  • Placed boxes for paper recycling under all desks and near printers in all of our offices for the last 20 years at least
  • Encourage staff to use scratch papers for notes and unofficial print-outs, same here
  • Plan for 2017: have our Hraicheh warehouse completely autonomous on a solar PV system



  • Our office is self-sufficient in Energy, or is Carbon neutral. We produce all the electricity we consume
  • Helped several local industries to conserve energy, and help the environment. Case studies include: Plastic Recycling, Wheat Mill, and Wood Processing
  • Advocate actively the conservation of energy: we have toured municipalities all over Lebanon in 2012 with a truck demonstrating the use of renewable energy and energy saving equipment. We continue this effort by organizing seminars, demonstration at public and private venue to enrich awareness
  • Help farmers better utilize available water for irrigation, case studies are available in the bekaa
  • Cut down the use of paper and printing at the office by realigning most of our processes to electronic only, including our offers, proposals, documentation to customers, and so on
  • Planted the roof top of the office building to add greener scene to our neighborhood
  • Added solar street lights with backup to the street surrounding our office building, to improve lighting at night



  • Provides integrative and innovative technologies and services that enable owners, facility managers, real estate managers and occupants to optimize energy efficiency and comfort, all the while reducing operating costs
  • Pioneers in smart solutions for the Internet of Things. Its goal is to develop systems helping private and public sectors reducing their energy related expenses and pursuing new top-line growth opportunities

  • Our Solutions are:
  • Automation and Control Systems
  • Energy Management Systems and sub-metering
  • Intelligent LED Lighting Solutions
  • Lighting Control
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable agriculture
 



  • Carbon Footprint Measurement: As of the beginning of 2017, we started measuring and communicating the GHG emissions of our premises using an internationally recognized online tool based on the GHG Protocol and developed by the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Energy Efficient Equipment & Lighting: In order to save energy and reduce our carbon footprint, we have replaced our 25 year old central AC system with a newer generation of AC units and replaced our old existing fluorescent lamps with a more efficient LED lighting system
  • Energy & Water Awareness: We spread awareness among our employees in order to teach them the right habits to save energy in a consistent and sustainable way at the office and at home, engaging them in the power and water saving efforts. Green Stickers are also applied near switches, faucets, and related equipment to remind them of their impact on the environment
  • Reduced Paper Consumption and Internal Recycling Program in collaboration with Zero Waste ACT: We involve all employees to commit to re-use, recycle, and reduce their paper consumption. This initiative has led to a reduction of our paper consumption and a reduced environmental footprint
FMCG



  • Use d2w bags in our offices
  • Reuse papers by printing double sided for all internal prints
  • Recycle paper by sending them to “Zero Waste Act” and the Covers of the plastic bottles by sending them to Arc en Ciel
  • Recycle plastic consumption from bottles and caps through Arcenciel regularly
  • Utilize low consumption lighting in our offices and provide Bonuses to the employees who drive Bikes
  • Encourage employees to carpool by introducing the Medco carpool plan to our employees
  • Install GPS on all vehicles cutting down on unnecessary fuel consumption
  • Promote sales of recycled paper in our office supplies division and use paper only from sustainable forests and chlorine free
  • Create awareness through our broadcasted newsletters on our website and in our publications
  • Smoke free offices since the year 2000
  • Work towards the reforestation of Lebanon by offering trees as corporate gifts and engaging in plantation activities with our employees. As a personal initiative of Mr. Fernand hosri; Ficut trees were planted on Pasteur street Gemmayzeh and other areas in the year 2004
  • Participated in I phone I tree Initiative, and the Plantation day
  • Switch sales employees to hand held machines which saves 90% of the energy consumed by regular computers and saves on paper since it shortcuts the paperwork usually involved
  • Use flat screens only and always turn them off during closing hours which saves 50% of the energy used otherwise
  • Take empty plots from the municipality and turn them into small gardens
Hospitality



  • Conducted awareness campaigns among team members for water and energy saving – campaign cost – achievements
  • Conducted awareness campaigns among guests – introducing tent cards “Your choice” – changing bed linen and  towels
  • Standardized the E-mail banner “Seconds to print years to grow"
  • Signed a contract with “Crystalline Steam” to benefit from washing guests and employees' cars and all floors and hoods by steam, thus reducing water consumption
  • Conducted the "Recycling Superheroes" - recycling campaign among team members
  • Appointed an Energy Efficiency Group to roll out an energy saving plan for the hotel’s medium, short, and long term (2010- 2013)
  • Installed Decentralized Power Factor Correction Unit
  • Installed new bulbs, PLC controller, inverters on AHUs, and Enterprise Energy management
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  • Rotana Hotels in Lebanon restated their commitment to social responsibility, once again in 2015. This social responsibility included electricity consumption, number of paper and cartridge reams used, as well as collection & recycling of wastes. We believe that going green does not only involve recycling, but much more
  • During the annual environmental global celebration - Earth Hour, the hotels went dark for one hour to show care for the future of the planet. Earth Day was another exposure in going green as it was a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment. This was celebrated by distributing flyers at several locations in Beirut to spread the message about the environmental challenges and the concept of 5 R’s - reduce, reuse, recycle, restore & replenish
  • The staff cafeteria waste reduction was part of food recovery program and staff engagement where a day was selected once a week to encourage the staff cut down food waste and thinking before filling the plates. People who turned in an empty plate were rewarded by receiving a chocolate and those who did not finish their meal were asked to pay a small amount of money. Moreover, Rotana Hotels Lebanon showed more care by not using papers on Thursdays, donating food, using LED lamps…
  • Came up with and executed 25 individual activities including the green initiatives to serve better the society, contributing through volunteering colleague time, donations, supporting causes and health awareness
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  • Recycling: Recycles paper, plastic bottles and caps
  • Used oil is recycled into biofuel and construction lubricants which reduce pollution and waste
  • Energy saving: The design of outlets focuses on maximizing natural daylight and reducing cool air escapes
  • Invested in smart frying machines that automaically filter oil, managing oil requirements in a safe and computerized way, reducing oil consumption and heating waste while maintaining clean oil for frying
  • Most our outlets are now lit using LED lamps, which reduces heat and energy bills
  • Strengthening our cost-control campaign inside our outlets, promoting efficiency when dealing with water, energy, consumables, etc
  • HR department is offering financial incentives to Associates when they perform efficiently on cultural & behavioural levels
  • Investing in energy-saving motorbikes
  • Environment: The Crepaway Foundation supports NGOs and projects that include planting trees in the mountains of Lebanon, cleaning beaches, saving the heritage of Beirut's old buildings and green areas



  • Measure energy, carbon, water and waste
  • Use actual data to provide customised environmental performance benchmarking, taking into account hotel location, brand and outfitting
  • Recommend over 200 Green Solutions to reduce the impacts our energy, carbon and water use and waste have on the environment
  • Automatically feed sustainability information about our hotel to our clients



  • Power saving system in all rooms
  • Recycling plastics and papers
  • Solar Power System
  • Motion Sensors
  • Buy remanufactured INK toner cartridge
  • Buy energy Friendly items
  • Buy energy saving Led Lamps
  • Use Green Cleaning products
  • Reduce Water Consumption



  • Energy Saving Projects: Four generators were replaced with newer ones with more efficient models generating an annual saving of $230,000
  • Water saving devices were installed into the faucets and showers in all guestrooms generating an annual saving of $23,000
  • Untouched food from catering displays and trolleys is donated to the Lebanese Food Bank
  • Plastic, carton and paper are sorted in divided waste baskets and sent to Arc En Ciel, More than 2,500 kilograms of paper and 550 kilograms of plastic was recycled since the beginning of the year
  • Oil surplus is sent to Darwish Oils, a company that converts used oil into biodiesel, an eco-friendly fuel alternative. Through this initiative, the hotel is converting an average of 3 tons of oil per year, thus reducing the carbon footprint on the environment



  • Recycling of organic and non-organic waste in different containers and sending it to the specific recycling industries
  • Installing in Mayrig’s garden/terrace a Green wall made from recyclable materials
  • Controlling water consumption by using automatic irrigation plants in the gardens to reduce water
  • Controlling food waste by liquidating non used primary products. i.e. Producing Jams and preserves from Fruits and vegetables
  • Training employees and staff on reducing energy consumption and waste
  • Promoting and encouraging our Green Activities through social media
  • Filtering and donating leftover foods to specific NGOs such as “Lebanese Food Bank”
  • Participating in green initiatives i.e.: Celebrating Earth day by turning off the lights in each outlet for 1 Hour on the specific day



  • Recycling of organic and non-organic waste in different containers and sending it to the specific recycling industries
  • Promoting and encouraging our Green Activities through social media, etc
  • Filtering and donating leftover foods to specific NGOs such as “Lebanese Food Bank”
  • Training employees and staff on reducing energy consumption and waste
  • Controlling food waste by liquidating non used primary products. i.e. Producing Jams and preserves from fruits and vegetables



  • Recycling of organic and non-organic waste in different containers and sending it to the specific recycling industries
  • Participating in green initiatives i.e.: Celebrating Earth day by turning off the lights in each outlet for 1 Hour on the specific day
  • Filtering and donating leftover foods to specific NGOs such as “Lebanese Food Bank”
  • Promoting and encouraging our Green Activities through social media, etc
  • Training employees and staff on reducing energy consumption and waste
  • Controlling food waste by liquidating non used primary products. i.e. Producing Jams and preserves from fruits and vegetables
  • Controlling water consumption by using automatic irrigation plants in the gardens to reduce water



  • Replacement of all incandescent and CFL light bulbs with class A energy-efficient LED bulbs
  • Replacement of all shower heads with Blu showerheads that utilize ionized water technology
  • Installation of water reducers for all water outlets
  • Replacement of the old absorption chillers with centrifugal chillers
  • Engagement and empowerment of employees in a recycling program
  • Achieving Green Engage Level 3, and working on achieving Level 4
  • Obliging all contractors to use only green cleaning products
  • BMS system control of HVAC set point for all vacant rooms to reduce energy consumption while maintaining acceptable room temperatures
  • Operation of all HVAC units according to a specific schedule
  • Implementation of an energy-efficient purchasing policy
  • Use of energy-saving refreshers for best practices in the laundry and the housekeeping department
  • Implementation of a preventive maintenance program
  • Tracking of energy data on a daily basis, following up on abnormal results, and sharing the data with all the staff for awareness
  • Scheduling of corridor and external lighting in order to make more use of daylight
  • Installation of thermo regulators for all hot water storage tanks and heat exchangers
  • Installing VFDs on all units that are not equipped with inlet guide vanes, and all pumps that have a rated power of more than 5 kW
  • Installation of a Nexus burner controller for boilers that maintains an efficiency rate of 88%
  • Installation of energy recovery flash tanks



  • Replacement of all incandescent and CFL light bulbs with class A energy-efficient LED bulbs
  • Replacement of all shower heads with Blu showerheads that utilize ionized water technology
  • Installation of water reducers for all water outlets
  • Installation of an individual water counter for each outlet and kitchen, etc.
  • Green Staff orientation given to all colleagues and a Green Team committee created to ensure proper implementation of a recycling program
  • Provision of a recycling storage area
  • Use of low or zero VOC adhesive and paint products
  • Obliging all contractors and suppliers to implement an environmental purchasing policy
  • Use of energy-saving refreshers for best practices in the laundry and the housekeeping department
  • Implementation of a preventive maintenance program (PMP) and development of sequence of operations for the building’s mechanical and electrical systems
  • Tracking of energy data on a daily basis, following up on abnormal results, and sharing the data with all staff for awareness
  • Installation of motion sensors for all lighting fixtures in guest corridors, and timers for external lighting in order to make more use of daylight
  • Use of energy-efficient refrigerators for all guest rooms
  • Installation of weatherstripping on all guest room windows
  • Participation in Green Engage waste reporting
  • Reduction of usage of CFCs in HVAC and refrigeration systems



  • Organic fruits and vegetables production
  • Waste sorting
  • Solar panels for water heating
  • Composting
  • Future initiatives: working towards moving into a permaculture model



  • Recycling Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Glass, and Tins through Sukleen’s Recycling Program
  • Plastic bottles are gathered and given to a charity institution for further use
  • Collecting plastic bottle covers and given to a charity institution which benefits from them as plastic #5 for future medical purposes
  • All our beverages are served in reusable glass cups in order to avoid paper cup consumption
  • Recycling Signage available on the recycling boxes and bins
  • Recycling Signage available above the printers as a reminder to minimize printing and paper consumption
  • Eco friendly reminder under staff e-mail signature to avoid printing the sent e-mail
  • Recycling awareness e-mail sent to all staff
 

 

  • Saving power by using LED lamps 
  • Sukleen training program to recycle waste for all employees
  • Recycling boxes were placed in all offices 
  • In-room Awareness tent card for all guests to reduce consumption of Water 
  • Conducted awareness campaign among guests by placing tent cards for not changing bed linen and towels unless it is necessary 
  • Conducted awareness campaign among employees to reduce consumption of water and energy 
  • Reducing usage of papers by advising all employees to abide by it (less printing) 
  • Set a plan to reduce energy during low season by closing different sections
Information Technology



  • Gradually replacing traditional plastic bags with new environment-friendly biodegradable plastic bags, which has already been done by affiliates 460 The Multimedia Store, The Mac Shop, and B Systems
  • Plans to launch a project that reduces paper waste and massive consumption, as well as recycling within offices
  • Plans to conduct training staff in awareness of Reduce /Re-use /Recycle habits, the use of cardboard bins and recycled bags of collected used papers for recycling
  • Using energy-saving technologies and measures in new offices building that are currently under construction
  • Created  a new activity within ITG, branded ECOsys, to provide renewable energy solutions
  • Introduced a new eco-slogan for ITG: ITG = I Think Green
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  • Paper and card board are collected for recycling on a weekly basis
  • Collecting all obsolete or damaged computer parts and accessories monthly by l’Écoute or Arc en Ciel
  • Our delivery van is running on petrol instead of diesel
  • Our employees are using public transport when available to reduce traffic congestion



  • Selling RoHS-compliant equipment Only
  • Advocating & promoting use of Virtual Servers to reduce carbon footprint and electricity consumption
  • Encouraging software-based comparable solutions (as opposed to hardware) to reduce shipping carbon footprint
  • Reducing use of printed materials and replacing them with electronic media and contents
  • Using video-conferencing whenever possible to reduce car & plane travel carbon footprint
  • Using recycled paper for all our Corporate letterhead
  • Selectively recycling and sorting trash
  • Disposing of batteries and other heavy-metal trash in ad hoc facilities



  • Collecting electronic/electrical and packaging waste and directing it to approved organizations for recycling
  • Collecting battery waste and directing it to approved organizations for recycling
  • Collecting scrap toners and directing them to approved organizations for recycling
  • Collecting scrap office paper and directing it to approved organizations for recycling
  • Selecting vendors who are taking into consideration environmentally-friendly products
  • Installating GPS to all company’s vehicles in order to better monitor the delivery of products
  • Proper and systematic maintenance of the central heating/cooling system of the company
  • The central heating/cooling system is automatically switched off during lunch time and non-working hours
  • Installating motion detectors and light sensors for lighting common areas
  • In the process of getting approval in order to replace all fluorescent light bulbs of the Head Office Building with LED light bulbs in order to minimize energy consumption



  • Recycling papers, electronics, ink cartridges and toners
  • Printing 2-sided documents
  • Printing 4 or more slides on one page
  • Not using more than 3 napkins/employee in the cafeteria
  • Using washable mugs, plates and silverware instead of plastic cups, plates…
  • Using the backs of old printed items as scratch papers
  • We have specific bins for each recyclable item
Logistics



  • Introduced the use of hybrid bikes in Lebanon
  • Established a recycling system in its offices
  • Utilizes low-consumption lighting
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  • Became a Zero Waste company that aims to save energy and diverted recyclable waste away from landfills toward recycling facilities, through placing bins to sort organic waste, papers, plastics, and cans /glass in each department, and healthy treatment of organic waste through composition
  • Celebrates 'Earth Hour' through turning off lights in all offices as an initiative to save energy
  • Distributed freshly planted vegetables, planted and grown by  employees, to DHL customers in oreder to encourage the Go Green concept
  • Participated in the Clean Environment and the Forest Fire Control project
  • Plants cedars in Shouf National Reserve
  • Provides awareness to employees through interdepartmental competitions
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  • Raising awareness and acting on the efficient use of water and electricity in all our offices
  • Increasing the use electrical bicycles for letter carriers in the city
  • Using Segways for letter carriers in malls
  • Signs in our offices encouraging recycling
  • Reducing the use of papers by providing electronic receipts
  • Purchasing environmental friendly raw material
  • Started an initiative with the “Zerowasteact” to train our employees on recycling and start a recycling program within the company
  • Engaged in environmental initiatives such as the #UBERrecycle initiative in collaboration with two other NGOs: LIVELOVEBEIRUT and ARCENCIEL. In a week’s time, we gathered 5 big bags of papers and plastic bottles
  • Sponsoring NGO events and communicating these events in our offices. A few examples of 2015: Saradar Foundation, Tareq Sikias, Heartbeat, Red Cross, Yaduna, Un Coeurs Pour Philippe, CAP Ho and Chance
  • In 2016, we implemented recycling in headquarters in coordination with Arcenciel
  • Planned initiative for 2016: plant a tree for any x number of transaction in cooperation with our corporate clients
  • No smoking policy on all premises
Manufacturing



  • Designed and put into motion the installation of four, 25 kilo-watt biomass boilers in the first building of its headquarters in Ajaltoun, Lebanon
  • Provides recycled paper material through its factories
  • Established a recycling system in its offices
  • Supplies water solar heaters, wind turbines, minced solid biofuels, and biomass boilers and stoves for domestic and commercial use
  • Utilizes low-consumption lighting



  • Currently constructing Mitsulift "Green Building" in its headquarters premises
  • Gathered signatories for the "Mitsulift Green Building Declaration"
  • Developed an energy-saving elevator with the campaign "Elevating Environmental Standards"
  • Established a recycling system in its offices
  • Utilizes low-consumption lighting
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  • Complies with the highest international specifications and industry environment conservation standards
  • Tinol’s R&D department continuously works on making its paints more environmentally friendly, without compromising quality, and already offers a large range of environment friendly (low/zero VOC) paints
  • Constantly works on recycling and waste reduction on all of its premises
  • Follows an Environmental Policy that views ecological sustainability as a corporate commitment
  • Worked in close partnership with the Lebanese Red Cross Youth Department in breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest hand painted canvas (Tinol supplied recycled and environment friendly water-based paint), and in the subsequent transformation of the record-breaking canvas into 5,000 eco-friendly shopping bags



  • Solar panels for generating power of 90 KW
  • Using recycle boxes for paper and plastic that are being collected by Sukleen



  • Became a smoke-free environment  
  • Recycles papers, cans, plastic, glass, plastic caps, plastic bags, steel, aluminum, bronze, stainless steel, electrical waste, burned oil, and electronics
  • Saved 39 trees last year by recycling 2315 KG of papers
  • Provides special recycling containers to all employees to participate in sorting waste
  • Greens the offices: applies energy-saving technologies and habits
  • Uses unbleached and recycled napkins
  • Conducts campaigns to raise awareness on green issues
  • Plans to work on reducing the waste quantities and air emissions
  • Plans to apply for ISO14001 certification
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  • Certifications: Compliance with strict international standards concerning quality management and environmental protection has earned the Natuzzi Group two important certificates: ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and E-1 certification, as proof of our commitment to operating with low environmental impact. It is this continuous research for superior quality that lets us offer a 10-year warranty on the structure of our products and 2 years on padding, mechanisms and upholstery.
    Our company is never satisfied, however, and has thus created its very own Quality Laboratory, responsible for testing every sofa component to ensure that each one complies with the strictest international standards as well as guaranteeing maximum comfort and resistance to wear: the materials are subjected to repeated tests in order to measure their performance and resistance over time in every situation and weather condition.
    The special polyurethane foam padding is patented and developed at our facilities in Italy
  • Sustainability: From 2011, the International Year of Forests, declared by the United Nations, the Company is committed to improve its already advanced principles and criteria of good governance, for the protection and enhancement of trees and forests. According to the Company Philosophy, the wood is considered an excellent material, in terms of quality and environmental condition, but only if it is legally produced and comes from forests managed in a responsible manner. For this reason, Natuzzi Group does not accept wood illegally extracted from unchecked and endangered forests.
    Natuzzi Group points to the sustainability by using: materials derived from wood, which contain minimal or zero amounts of formaldehyde, in line with the strictest international legislation; polyurethane foam for upholstery made in total absence of freon
  • Social responsibility: Throughout its history, the Natuzzi Group has never lacked energy, both to face the challenges of growth and to cope with crises. It is clean energy because it comes from passion and responsibility; and it is renewable, because it comes from an inexhaustible enthusiasm.
    21,000 photovoltaic panels have been installed on rooftops of Natuzzi plants and trading offices in Puglia and Basilicata (Italy). Once again, it is clean and renewable energy. 
    The photovoltaic systems will assure an annual reduction of approximately 3400 tonnes in CO2 emissions, equal to the annual emission of about 1200 cars. At the present moment, five photovoltaic systems have already been installed on plants in Santeramo in Colle, Matera and Laterza.
    The adoption of renewable energy demonstrates the purpose of the company to control the environmental impacts of its production activities and seek improvement in a coherent, effective and, above all, sustainable way. The Natuzzi Group ensures the absence of hazardous and even toxic chemical products in the process of production and packaging.
    Pasquale Natuzzi commented: “Our commitment for sustainable development is not only a responsibility, but also an opportunity. It expresses a forward-looking investment which is fundamental for every company's continuity. Renewable energies are also an opportunity to compete keeping the operating costs low. Combining the sustainable development with the competition is a challenge that our company wants to carry on in order to improve the quality of life in the territory”
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  • Recycling paper, plastics and cans with Arc en Ciel and ZeroWaste for both our Head Office and Factory
  • Implementing a Solar Power Project for our Factory and Head Office with Hawa Akkar
  • Switched to exclusive LED lighting in our Head Office to reduce consumption and negative impact on environment
  • Had a CSR campaign in 2014 for planting Cedars in the Shouf Bio Reserve

 

  • Internal correspondence done through our internal server; i.e. less and less papers
  • External correspondence through emails
  • Energy saver lighting devices
  • Collecting all plastic containers and paper for recycling
  • Using the dripping system to water all our plants
  • Putting lights (movement sensors) and heating/cooling system as needed (by setting the temperature at no more or less than 23°C)
  • We also noted a drop in our electricity bill as well as in our fuel consumption; mainly because of the drop of their primary prices as well as relocating ourselves in just one site



  • We went electronic, so we can reduce the use of papers. Our team uses tablets and emails rather than papers
  • Pick up for our workers to factory is provided to reduce the emission of fuel
  • Assign delivery to clients based on area to reduce transit and by that reduce air emission ‘Linking trips to accomplish all tasks in one outing’
  • We spray environmental friendly pesticides
  • All our lights are lower consumption and environmentally safe



  • Four years ago, we were the first company that imported a specific green wall product called WallArt and that is made from sugar cane residue
  • Garbage selection in our offices and at the warehouse
  • Try to use as much as possible ecological product in our designs and executions as interior architects
  • Re-use old furniture, clean them and sell them again



  • IXSIR’s winery was built according to strict green engineering, reducing water consumption by 28%, electrical energy consumption by 62% and green waste by 100%, compared to wineries with equal production levels in Lebanon
  • Landscape deterioration: Built underground, with Lebanon’s biggest planted roof, the winery kept the region’s landscape intact. A 17th century feudal house was restored and serves as the entrance, and symbol of IXSIR
  • Use of energy for optimal wine stocking: the wine cellar is built 12 meters underground thus taking advantage of the soil’s thermal consistency instead of mechanical refrigeration
  • Use of energy for lighting: zenithal skylights on the roof maximize the use of sunlight during the day. Sunlight penetrates on all floors up to 12 meters underground
  • Use of water for winemaking: rain water is collected and production techniques were reengineered in order to drastically reduce water consumption
  • High level of water pollution: IXSIR is the only winery in Lebanon with a water recycling unit for all water used. Recycled water is used for irrigation
  • High level of green waste: 100% of green waste is composted and used as natural fertilizer for the nearby olive trees plantations
  • In the near future, IXSIR will be the first company in Lebanon to switch their bottles from regular glass to the Ecova line made by Saint Gobain. This will considerably reduce the carbon foot prints as the new bottles are 35% lighter than regular ones



  • Installation and running of waste water sampler to analyze the water and liquids resulting from wine and Arak production – (Implemented in Jan-2016)
  • Based on the water testing results, a water treatment plant will be designed, built and operated (period of 3 years) to ensure that Ksara waste water is free from pollutants and contaminants
  • As part of power consumption reduction plan, we are in process of implementing saving actions through reducing lights in warehouses and production areas and  using low consumption (LED) lights instead of normal ones
  • Waste sorting system is being put in place where papers, cardboards, nylon, glass and other recyclable materials are sent to recycling factories
  • Electricity and Fuel bills decreased by 11% from year 2014 to 2015



  • Participated voluntarily, in September 2013, to the Ministry of Environment project: “Development of Environmental Audits and Compliance Action Plans”. This audit can be a reference for environmental audits concerning the Environmental Compliance for Facilities (Decree no 8471)
  • In 2014, the Environmental Management System of ARAB PRINTING PRESS has been certified to ISO 14001: 2004, which makes APP the first printing press and the 7th industrial company in Lebanon as well as the first printing firm in the Middle East region to achieve this certification. It is the policy of APP to protect and preserve the environment, in fulfilling this responsibility; APP adheres to some fundamental principles:
    Complying fully with environmental laws and regulations (regular tests for liquid waste and gas emissions). Considering environmental factors when making planning, purchasing, and operating decisions (new machines, new raw materials…). Seeking to prevent pollution before it is produced, reducing the amount of waste at our facilities (paper, plates and pallets) and supporting pollution prevention measures by our customers and suppliers. Using energy efficiently throughout our operations, re-using and recycling whenever possible (recycling all the paper, plastic, metal and wood waste…), and using environmentally friendly materials (alkoless fountain, powder, we used 305203 liters of green diesel in 2015). Working cooperatively with others to achieve optimum environmental objectives
  • Installed, in 2014, a new printing machine KBA 106 it’s a green machine: Low impact on the environment, low energy consumption, Low noise, less powder and alcohol consumption
  • Shifted in January 2015 to using Led Lights in the entire factory (5000 sqm)
  • Implemented in March 2015 a 136.75 KWp On-Grid Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant; The yearly energy production of this station is 208 MWh and the yearly GHG emissions savings is 104 Ton_Co2. It’s one of the largest projects in Lebanon. A Net-Metering System is connected to APP’s EDL electrical station; If APP PV station produces more power at any given moment than the plant consumes, the extra power will flow into EDL’s electrical grid. This project was an occasion for APP to raise the public awareness about the clean technologies that promote sustainable energy and advance the use renewable energy sources by: sending emails to our clients and suppliers, clients meetings and conferences
  • Has been added, in May 2015, to the register of participants to the UN Global Compact. As a participant, APP commits to the 3 principles of this Global Compact related to the environment: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  • For two consecutive years (2014 &2015) the Ministry of Environment and the United Nations Development Programme awarded APP for reporting its greenhouse gas emissions. The APP GHG emissions savings in 2014 were 300 ton_CO2 and the energy savings were 398900 kWh, these savings were the result of: Installing a new printing machine KBA 106; moving all heat-emitting auxiliaries to non-cooled / non-treated areas; applying high reflective paint to the metallic roof to reduce the cooling load. In 2015, two new environmental projects were executed: Led lighting and solar PV station; the yearly GHG emissions savings became: 515 ton_CO2, and the yearly energy savings 736100 KWh
  • Increased its recycled boxes consumption for packaging from 3.8% of its total boxes consumption in 2014 to 8.9% in 2015, the 2016 target is 20%
  • Conducts regular training and awareness sessions for the staff on environmental issues: waste reduction, reduce excess solvent use and reduce emissions of voc, preserve natural resources by reducing consumption of nonrenewable natural resources (electricity, water...)
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  • Our core raw material, polypropylene, is environmentally compatible and recyclable by nature
  • No solid wastes are generated from our industrial and production processes, as all the reject and scrap material are recycled and processed into new products for non-water application, such as: tagging labels, storage protection caps for pipes, wall fixations, hangers, bags, etc. API ensures that recoverable plastic waste is never reprocessed into the pipe & fitting production, as this could undermine the quality outcome of our products
  • No liquid wastes are generated from our operations; Hydraulic and diesel oils used in injection processes are treated and reclaimed. An online oil filtering system, allows us to use the same oil almost 4 times its expected lifetime. In simpler means, we’ve decreased our oil waste by 66%. After final consumption, the oils are transferred to a recycling institution, and reconditioned for alternative applications
  • In both, the Zouk factory and the Dbayeh offices, garbage is collected and sorted into categorized recycling bins and sent for proper treatment. This is an employee-led initiative and is in collaboration with local municipalities and concerned NGO’s
  • Water, as a resource, is used economically; we use a closed loop filtered water-cooling system, to help minimize wastewater that is generated during production processes
  • Sewage system is connected to a localized water-waste treatment plant
  • API is proud to be the first factory and industry in the Middle East, and the fifth worldwide, to install a Photovoltaic Hybrid System at its premises:  The roof of the factory is covered by 1250 m2 farm of PV solar panels producing 192 kW The PV output is synchronized with the power generated from local Diesel generators, resulting in a diesel saving of 70 tons/year and an annual solar energy yield of 240MWh. This set-up reduces the fuel consumption of the generator. API is now a greener industry by saving 170 T of CO2, 4.6 T of NOX and 306 kg of SOX annually



  • CSR campaign: in November2015, we launched a consumer promotion, offering a free recycled Almaza beer glass with every 6 bottles. The glasses were made by recycling used Almaza bottles
  • Partnership with Arc en ciel: Our partnership with Arc en ciel started in April 2014, we are collecting plastic bottles and caps, papers, and carton.  The total quantity reached so far is more than 22 tons of waste collected for recycling
  • Green Cooling: We purchase environmental friendly coolers with the below components: Energy Management System (EMS), LED illumination, HC refrigerant and EC (Electronically Communicated motor) or brushless DC (Direct Current moment)
  • Water consumption: We are reducing our consumption by recuperating the water from different production processes and collecting it for indirect use (e.g. lavatory)
  • Forklifts: We have replaced our diesel forklifts by LPG or electrical propelled engines



  • Energy: Replaced major diesel generators with a Photovoltaic system covering 1071 sqm, saving 267,517 kwh yearly with total avoided CO2 of 179.6 kg/year
  • Steam: Used to clean materials in factory
  • Packaging: Carton packaging for more than 70% sourced from responsibly managed forests
  • Water: Filtration of water used (in production, for cleaning the facility, for cooling the machines etc.). After filtration, used water is released to nature with no chemicals and actually to the trees at the orchard
  • By-products: All fruit peel or mashed fruit are either turned into compost, or sent to feed cattle
  • Respect of wildlife: Strictly prohibited any form of bird or game hunting at our orchards
  • Adhered to strict hygiene and food safety standards with ISO 22000 and HACCP certifications. Juices are 100% Fresh and 100% Lebanese. Nothing added, nothing removed from the freshly squeezed juices
  • No smoking policy on all premises (factory, offices and orchards)



  • Implements paperless communications between departments and digital archiving and data storage
  • Prohibited smoking in all its premises
  • Minimizes energy consumption in its factories and showrooms using LED illumination
  • Implements smart manufacturing optimization techniques to minimize wood wastes
  • Planning to install solar power to contribute to our factory energy consumption
  • Reforestation efforts
  • Creating a Green product to be added to our collection



  • Using vegetable oil based inks instead of the regular petrol oil based inks
  • Most of the chemicals used in the printing process meet European standards, when it comes to health hazards and safety measures
  • All waste paper that the printing press produces goes straight to the recycling plants, by pick-up trucks that are fully dedicated to this matter
  • Committed to investing in emerging eco-friendly solutions and technologies and is gradually integrating them in its daily production process
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  • Complies with FSC & PEFC international green standards
  • ISO 9001:2000 certified, followed by the ISO LOYDS 9001-2008, and the green certifications FSC & PEFC
  • Spares no effort to protect the environment by reprocessing all waste into recycled material
  • Supports healthcare, green initiatives and community related events
  • Integrity: Acting ethically at all levels of the organization to submit the utmost success to our valued customers
  • Quality: Striving individually and collectively in each department for continuous quality improvement and enhancement
  • Value: Each solution is specifically chosen for a certain project and is customized to customer’s needs in order to supply the right product at the best price to performance ratio
  • All staff are encouraged to switch off their computers before leaving the office
  • Environmental Awareness: Promote being Green on collateral material, Buy from Green-friendly suppliers and Educate employees, clientele, and vendors about the advantages of joining a Green business network



    Projects for energy consumption reduction in the factories:
  • LED lights
  • T5 lighting
  • Conveyor management
  • UPS
  • Pipe insulation for heat efficiency
  • Insulate tank for heat efficiency
  • Reduce HP energy consumption
  • Ongoing studies and additional projects for energy reduction
  • Waste reduction:
  • Waste segregation and recycling
  • Recycling with “Arc en Ciel” and “Sukleen”
  • Recycling machines for PET bottles are put in place in some Spinneys supermarkets
  • Projects for water ratio reduction & Environment:
  • Water collection
  • Studies, investigations and additional projects on reducing water losses
  • Water re-use for industrial purposes
  • Waste Water Treatment plant
  • Increase the number of flow-meters
  • Automation improvements to reduce water losses
  • Studies to reduce water consumption
  • Geological studies
  • Automatic faucets for washing (IR sensors)
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  • By right types of glass, we try to convince the architects and developers working in this country to use high performance glazing that end up with lower electrical consumption requirements due to the temperature control in their building and hence less ACs or Heaters while maximizing the light entering their buildings in order to reduce the lighting required in the day time too. We have been training our people on such types of glass by international glass companies consistently, and have had our factory certified by them (first to achieve this) in order to be able to provide such types of glass when needed
  • Studying the option of having PV on grid systems with a German based supplier “METRIC” in order to have some of our electrical power coming from the system for our daily production instead of our generators. This is kind of a huge investment, yet with the loans provided for such systems we will be starting soon and hence contribute in using less traditional electrical supplies and switching to solar electricity and of course lower charges for the years to come
  • Preparing the plans for our new building that will be under construction as of spring 2017. The building will be based on some green requirements, such as facades made of solar panels instead of regular glass to help with what is being studied now, a green roof and so on
  • Regarding our waste management, we have been filtering the glass wastes we have in order to sell the glass that can be recycled instead of dumping them randomly. The other types of solid wastes (steel, plastics, wood…) are also filtered and given to people who sue them as recyclables
  • Installed a water treatment plant (RO system) in our factory to filter the water we use (and it is to note that the water consumption in our industry is huge) in order to reuse the water instead of dumping it too
  • As a small symbol of commitment towards the nature, we have been using trees as gifts that we usually send to our preferable clients (over a 100) every end of the year. This has been going on for the past 4 years, and cedars, olive trees… have been gifted



  • During 2015 and 2016, we managed to recycle up to 80% of our waste. We initiated a sorting system which involved training our staff on sorting garbage principles. Our paper and carton based material is picked up by a small business that sells recyclable material to carton producers, same applies to plastic / nylon based material.  As far as household waste in our office kitchens and offices, the same sorting principles are applied and we are delivering sorted recyclable garbage to “Jam3iyat el Mou3ak wal Moujtama3” in Tabarja.  This organization sells recyclable material and its proceeds go to helping handicapped and people in need
  • We continue to reduce paper printing waste, electricity bills with our fuel efficient habits and so on



  • Improve the effectiveness of our Environmental Management System according to ISO 14001 standards certified by VDZ
  • Raise the environmental awareness of employees
  • Preserve natural resources through production optimization, maximization of recycling, minimization of waste when applicable, and the rehabilitation of exploited areas
  • Increase the use of additives to reduce CO2 emissions per ton of clinker
  • Comply with relevant national environmental standards and legislation
  • Commit to cleaner production and emissions reduction
  • Developing a habitat for wild flora and fauna species
  • Securing a cleaner environment for the surrounding communities
  • Securing better use of the land and resources in a sustainable manner with benefits on the ecological and social levels
  • Creating a new educational and recreational hub for local families as well as potential visitors and summer camp fellows
  • Utilizing the agricultural potential of the land for the locals' benefit
  • Constantly providing special training and awareness sessions to make sure employees are capable of fulfilling their environmental responsibilities in line with Cimenterie Nationale's policies
  • Applying the Five S Program which focuses on instilling visual order, organization, cleanliness and standardization to improve efficiency, service and safety
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  • Sustainability: Henkel’s commitment to leadership in sustainability is deeply embedded in our values. Maintaining a balance between economic success, protection of the environment, and social responsibility has been fundamental to our corporate culture for decades. This approach applies globally to every business unit and function, all Henkel employees all over the world have firmly embraced the principles of sustainable development in their daily work and think and act accordingly. As Sustainability leaders, we aim to pioneer new solutions for sustainable development while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increase our economic success. This ambition encompasses all our company’s activities – along the entire value chain. In Lebanon, all employees are committed to this value
  • Our Sustainability Strategy: We call it “Factor 3”, which means tripling the value we create through our business activities in relation to our environmental footprint- that is our goal that started to materialize tangibly to totally be fulfilled in 2030
  • Corporate Citizenship: Social engagement-or corporate citizenship- has always been an integral part of our sense of responsibility as a company. It is translated by the various activities such as donations (blood, food & clothing) and the up-cycling competition that were done in cooperation with Scouts and Fashion universities’ students
  • Ambassador’s Program: In Lebanon, following a worldwide initiative, all Henkel employees are trained to become “Sustainability ambassadors” as Sustainability is a fundamental core value at Henkel. A special program has been developed for that purpose, to inform and train on sustainable behavior
  • Awareness Campaigns on Sustainability & Climate change: A major School project has been run since 3 years in Lebanon aiming at training kids aged between 6 & 8 years old at schools all over Lebanon by Henkel Sustainability Ambassadors. Until 2016, we have already trained 6,295 kids

  • Role Model in the office: Green behavior in the office is a Must and many actions translate this belief:
  • “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle” initiatives in collaboration with Zero Waste at Henkel’s offices and warehouses
  • Energy saving in the office: reducing printing, using light bulbs that save energy
  • Smoking Free environment
  • Adopting environmentally-friendly practices by using Green water bottles instead of plastic cups

  • Green Trade initiative: We also strive to drive this value with our business partners: We approach our clients to boost green behavior at their workplace and convey it to consumers. “Give me Five”, is one among other trade projects that was run at one key chain in Lebanon last year. It consisted of engaging with the consumers by offering them one Free Henkel product in exchange of 5 empty ones. This initiative encouraged the consumer to sort empty plastic bottles/containers that can be recycled

  • Participation, engagement & exposure: Collaboration with several NGOs to give back to community considerably & continuously
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  • Implemented recycling (plastic and paper) in coordination with Zero Waste Act
  • Optimize the quantity of our printings
  • Fully use both sides of paper (as back papers are used for internal draft circulation)
  • Smoke free-environment 
  • Optimize the use of natural light as much as we can
  • We will join the global initiative “Earth Hour” on March 25 at 8:30 PM by turning off the lights at Gutmann Lebanon’s premises in order to help save the Earth’s climate
  • We are planning to send an email to our staff before holidays and breaks containing energy saving checklist to be followed by them at home in order to raise awareness on social responsibility
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Media & Advertising



  • Integrated management system: Continuously improving our implemented IMS relevant to quality, safety, as well as environment and ensure that all our employees are aware of its importance and are adequately trained
  • Membership: Joined the UN Global Compact organization which leads the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative in calling companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment, anti-corruption, and actions that advance society goals
  • Citizen billboards: Offered to date 119,310 faces through 780 campaigns with a nominal value of $8,767,770 from 1986
  • New projects: Replacing all lamps and lights inside the company, as well as the rooftops and unipole projectors, with LED ones; this will reduce the energy consumption by 1/3
  • Future project under testing: Installation of solar panels to replace other sources of power; three panels have been installed in different locations so far
  • Paper collection: Collected by “Terre Liban” and “Zero Waste ACT” and recycled by “Solicor” and “Sicomo” into different paper products, such as block notes, packaging paper, and cartons. The NGOs  provide four trees for each ton of paper collected
  • Poster collection: Collected by Pikasso recycling team, the posters are usually sent to “Sicomo” in Bekaa  in order to be used as refuse derived fuel
  • Flexes: Collected by the billposting team  and are used as shelter reinforcement as per the agreement recently signed with Save the Children to help refugees in Bekaa and the North
  • Plastic capsules: Collected by Arc en ciel: every 500,000 caps collected and then sold to “Nariz Co Plast”, “Arc en Ciel” donates a wheel chair
  • Plastic, cans, metals, aluminum, wood, tires/wheels, lamps, electronics, and office equipment: Collected by specialists and recycled into different products
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  • Since 2012, we have set up the Green Berets (equivalent of a green committee) as a green initiative by Quantum Group. The initiative targets all companies under the Group; from Quantum Communications to M&C SAATCHI and Mercury. It aims at strengthening green practices at the workplace and beyond
  • In 2013, we partnered with arcenciel over two initiatives that are still ongoing to date. The first is the “Throw Caps Give Wheels” and the second is the “Sort Waste at the Source”
  • We hold various outings for the Group to raise environmental awareness and encourage green and healthy practices. For instance, organized an outing at the Chouf Biosphere Reserve and another one, in coordination with G ngo (headed by Nader Naqib), at the Nabe3 El Safa apple groves for self-harvesting of organic apple
  • We exercise internal guerrilla marketing. We’ve pasted “turn off the light/ save energy” stickers next to all light switches inside our premises. We’ve distributed on an early morning rebranded plastic water bottles (which we recycled afterwards) on the desks of our employees including messages on water consumption in an infographic style. We share “briefing” emails that equally raise awareness
  • We’ve included green thinking under our Group’s Code of Ethics, as manifested in the following relevant excerpt: “From social conduct to environment and sports, the Group is committed to improving social and environmental efficiency wherever possible. Furthermore, the Group works to maintain a clean and sustainable environment within its premises in a belief this not only spurs healthier operations but consolidates green practices at work and beyond”
  • Our spending of paper decreased and so did our electricity bills. Worth mentioning, is that in 2013 we’ve conducted a green audit of our premises at Quantum Tower (Sofil) and Quantum House (Sursock) through APAVE and based on their recommendations, we managed to cut on our electricity bills, by installing curtains on some windows to preserve cool conditioned air on low fan mode and moderate temperature as well as using LED lights instead of regular more costly bulbs
Medical



  • The hospital is surrounded with green outdoor areas which are well maintained by the hospital
  • Implemented an Internal Waste Management System
  • Segregate our wastes internally and export them to “Arc en Ciel” from a medical waste room following to the Environmental Services Standards
  • Planning on establishing a solar system to provide the hospital with the needed energy



  • Since the beginning of the year 2016, Prodent SAL is committed to a waste management plan in cooperation with Arcenciel, based on separating the trash in the related bins divided between papers and cartons/ plastic/ metal
  • Backed our plan with a paperless communication and a healthiest conduct, along with several eco-friendly changes made at Prodent such as switching our lighting into LED
  • Installed the first solar system to companies in Lebanon back in 2008. This year we have invested again in a brand new system with double capacity helping us saving energy by providing electricity to our servers and our IT infrastructure, contributing also in avoiding CO2 emission



  • Remove personal bins and centralize waste and recycling system
  • Ensure heating and cooling systems are optimally setup and temperature is set between (20-22 degree C.)
  • Implement default double sided printing
  • Setup a printer friendly email signature for all staff. Here’s a simple and short example of what u can say: “Please consider the environment before printing this email.”
  • Install timers on printers to ensure shut down after office hours
  • Replace inefficient high energy light bulbs with lower voltage energy saving lights
  • Encourage staff to use scrap paper for internal notes by giving each staff member a scrap paper box on their desk
  • Ensure boilers, AC units and radiators are properly maintained through an annual service
  • Implement a comprehensive recycling scheme to recycle cardboard, plastics, glass, CDs, batteries, fluorescent tubes, IT equipment and so on
  • Optimize the use of natural light and ventilation, as much as we can
  • Transporting our staff in buses to reduce car usage

  • Future Initiatives:
  • Implement a switch off campaign for lights and office equipment
  • Buy organic products and fair trade teas and coffees
  • Purchase recycled paper and green office stationary
  • Put water hippos in the toilet cisterns to reduce flush volume and save water
  • Invest in automatic power shut down software or plugs to switch off IT equipment after office hours
  • Have all residual landfill waste collected by a waste contractor who offers zero to landfill services (i.e. incineration via an energy from waste plant)
  • Write and implement an environmental policy
  • Use non-hazardous and Eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Measure our carbon footprint to identify where our largest impact is and then use a credible carbon offset program to offset any residual emissions that we can’t reduce or mitigate more than we already have
NGOs



  • Shifting the headquarter lights to Energy saving lighting devices
  • Recycling office papers
  • Giving away used laptops to public schools
  • Producing environmental reports on semi-recycled paper
  • Food recycling at regional level conference
  • Applying energy and water saving technologies and habits
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  • “Fondation Diane” provides financial and operational support to SMEs, as well as young environmental projects in order to prove that eco-sustainability and profitability are not incompatible
  • “The Chair of Education in Civic Awareness and Eco-Sustainable Development” – CECDED: Created in partnership with Université Saint Joseph to develop a sense of ecological civic awareness in schools, high schools, universities and different social groups, through communication and awareness campaign
  • "Citizen Café”: Monthly debates around environmental topics to open citizens’ eyes on the magnitude of their power, urging them to take action
Publishers



  • Putting boxes in all floors (3 floors) for papers and plastic bottles
  • A pick-up from Arcenciel Society is passing by our premises in Zouk Mosbeh every Thursday to collect the plastic and the papers of the whole week
  • When we have big quantities of books (old, damaged or without covers), شركة الكرتون اللبنانية is collecting the big quantities from our warehouse in Baabdat or Zouk Mosbeh
Real Estate and Construction



  • Investment in a luxury resort project with three guiding themes: luxury, ‘green’ and water in an aim to preserve the beauty and rich vegetation of the site amid the deforestation of Lebanon
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  • Using LED lights in our offices to reduce heat and energy consumption
  • Continuously promoting and encouraging our employees to be cautious in energy and water usage in all our offices
  • Committed to an internal environmental policy and strategy
  • Our offices are designed in a way to maximize natural daylight and reducing cool air escapes
  • Promoting projects that include planting trees, gardens, waste water treatment, solar system, and many other eco-friendly systems
  • Using the new environment-friendly biodegradable plastic trash bags
  • Using recycled paper material
  • Established a recycling system in our offices
  • Turning off office equipment when it's not being used
  • Implementing a “No Smoking” policy in our offices
  • Launched our Eco-Friendly project in Laklouk; Portes du Soleil is certified as "Pioneers in Green Development / Initial Environmental Examination" by SES



  • The architectural and electromechanical concepts of Sky Gate, their flagship development, were carefully studied using the newest sustainable technologies
  • Low-e double glazing with rolling sun screens were used to protect from heat and glare and reduce the heating and cooling loads leading to less energy and fuel consumption
  • Solar collector tubes are found on the entire tower technical roof serving the hot water in the apartments; and reducing the use of the boilers, taking advantage of the sunny climate in Beirut
  • The central heating system is designed with a centralized plant room using a controlling panel board to synchronize the usage of the boilers, to reach the best efficiency heating and for end users to economize in their usage of heating during their absence
  • The Air Conditioning system was selected using friendly refrigerant gas protecting the domestic ozone layer. This system with variable speed and digital compressor will allow for a reduction in the electrical consumption
  • The electrical installation and network are designed based on the latest commercialized technologies, leading to electrical energy savings and highly efficient systems integrating energy sustainable opportunities
  • The existence of several stand-by Electrical Generators achieves lower fuel consumption and lower smoke emissions



  • Going paperless: we save paper by not printing whenever possible. We have a sign in the office as a reminder to print only when necessary
  • Use LED lights, they last longer than normal bulbs and use much less energy
  • We recycle
  • Try to save water and electricity as much as possible
  • Planning to have some plants as well



  • Employ brand-new equipment with the latest technology in gas emissions reduction (load sensing system, Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) with EPA certification)
  • Follow a strict preventive maintenance schedule for all equipment
  • Dispose of used lubes (engine oil, hydraulic fluid…) at designated refineries
  • Design efficient structures
  • Encourage clients to adopt environmental friendly solutions where possible like the MSE Walls
Retail



  • Uses d2w biodegradable plastic bags in all outlets
  • Takes part in restoring Lebanon's woodland and mountain ecosystems through supporting Jouzour Loubnan since 2007
  • Raises awareness on green issues through various municipalities
  • Implemented a no smoking rule in all of its branches as of November 2011
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  • Use d2w bags in our offices
  • Reuse papers by printing double sided for all internal prints
  • Recycle paper by sending them to “Zero Waste Act” and the Covers of the plastic bottles by sending them to Arc en Ciel
  • Recycle plastic consumption from bottles and caps through Arcenciel regularly
  • Utilize low consumption lighting in our offices and provide Bonuses to the employees who drive Bikes
  • Encourage employees to carpool by introducing the Medco carpool plan to our employees
  • Install GPS on all vehicles cutting down on unnecessary fuel consumption
  • Promote sales of recycled paper in our office supplies division and use paper only from sustainable forests and chlorine free
  • Create awareness through our broadcasted newsletters on our website and in our publications
  • Smoke free offices since the year 2000
  • Work towards the reforestation of Lebanon by offering trees as corporate gifts and engaging in plantation activities with our employees. As a personal initiative of Mr. Fernand hosri; Ficut trees were planted on Pasteur street Gemmayzeh and other areas in the year 2004
  • Participated in I phone I tree Initiative, and the Plantation day
  • Switch sales employees to hand held machines which saves 90% of the energy consumed by regular computers and saves on paper since it shortcuts the paperwork usually involved
  • Use flat screens only and always turn them off during closing hours which saves 50% of the energy used otherwise
  • Take empty plots from the municipality and turn them into small gardens
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  • Uses d2w biodegradable bags in all its offices and for all its products
  • Established a paper recycling system in its offices
  • Utilizes low-consumption lighting



  • Biodegradable PET plastic in shoppings carts
  • Designed promotional flyers from recycled paper
  • Reverse vending machine that recycles plastic bottles
  • Created re-usable bags from environmentally-friendly fabrics and sold to customers at cost
  • Reduction in energy consumption by using more energy efficient LED lighting to shelving fixtures
  • Introduction of LED Lighting to all alcohol caves in our existing store in Lebanon
  • Installation of timer delays to stage machine start up on Refrigeration and AC installation, reducing power consumption
  • Use of friendlier refrigerant gas (R 404), less harmful than the historically used R 22
  • Introduction of toxin free FM200 fire suppression systems to electrical and computer room facilities
  • Construction waste management controls to reduce waste quantities
  • Sourcing and election of locally produced materials and equipment to reduce carbon foot print, where practicable
  • Introduction of external green space landscaping and tree planting, where permissible
  • Energy cost comparison studies for gas / versus fuel oil source for bakery ovens, to reduce revenue expenditure
  • Improving insulation of the building in Jnah , Tripoli, Saida
  • Applying 3M heat reflectors on curtain walls in Hazmieh
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  • Installed GPS systems in its entire vehicles fleet in order to cut down on unnecessary long travel and routes
  • Established a paper-recycling system in its offices
  • Active in planting, maintaining, and selling tree and flower products
  • Utilizes low-consumption lighting



  • Use biodegradable grocery bags at the supermarket and all our packages are food grade to ensure safety to the consumer
  • Waste management: At the offices, we are sorting personal waste into 5 bins (plastic, paper, metal, nylon, glass, organic waste) planning to apply this initiative at all other departments. As for waste produced during production and processing, we also sort cardboard and paper, plastic containers, and nylon waste as well as utilized oil to be sold, adding an indirect profit to the corporation
  • Shifted most of our lights to energy saving ones as well as LED lighting, producing less heat and consuming less electricity
  • Changing some processing techniques to provide heat for cooking by steam instead of gas burning, increasing efficiency by costing less and saving time
  • Our maintenance department has designed a system with a mechanism to use gas tanks in the most efficient way that reduced consumption almost by half
  • We are working on purchasing a burning unit for organic waste to produce energy for utilization during processing. This project will help reduce waste and reuse sources and increases savings
  • We are committed to increase our green initiative and always work on improvements that benefit the environment



  • Reusing: wood from shipping palettes, printed paper verso, old posters and marketing material as workshop tools…
  • Recycling: papers, cartons, used toner cartridges, Electronic waste equipment, metal…
  • Energy: replaced standard fluorescent lights with LED lights
  • Purchase: we buy paper products (towels, napkins and copy paper) that are unbleached; also our purchasing includes high quality sustainable products
  • Policy: We only print what is necessary and we suggest it in all our company emails signature
  • Technology: We are working to minimize the use of paper in the near future by installing a new software that would allow us to use soft copies instead of hard copies



  • Green timber: Unitco, our holding company, has long understood the importance of healthy environmental concerns and, among its recent green moves, has achieved FSC ® certification in 2015 for both its whitewood and beech production in Romania. This accreditation is an important addition to our commitment to the proper use of the forest and to the environment. It also allows us to give a boost to the growing population of customers who care about the sustainability of the source of their product. Environmentally suitable forest management ensures that the proper harvest of logs maintains the forest's biodiversity, productivity and ecological processes. It also safeguards the ability of future generations to benefit from this renewable resource
  • Green energy: In Romania, our group also plays its role in protecting the environment and its primary resource – the forest – by running a residual biomass based power plant. Wood remains the largest biomass energy source today and we use wood biomass such as wood chips, pellets, and sawdust to generate electricity
  • Green MDF: In Lebanon, ITCO is a longtime distributor of Swiss Krono, a world leading player in the wood products industry. Swiss Krono’s products are sold in more than 90 countries. Since its founding, Swiss Krono has been a pioneer in sustainability and environmental protection and uses wood exclusively from reliable FSC ® certified sources. Also, all their raw materials are used as completely as possible



  • Switching our entire product line up from the units that use the R22 Refrigerant (direct major cause of ozone depletion) to the entirely safe R410A refrigerant operating units
  • Conducting ongoing research aimed at achieving practical use of next-generation refrigerants that contribute less to global warming than conventional refrigerants
  • Focusing research on the energy efficiency of refrigerants during air conditioner use, as well as their direct effect on global warming and the effects throughout the entire lifecycle
  • Making decisions based on all contributing factors: environmental impact of refrigerants themselves, safety factors like flammability and toxicity, cost and availability of the refrigerant, and the cost of producing air conditioners that use the refrigerant
  • All our premises from offices to warehouses are smoke free environments



    Reforestation:
  • Planted more than 10,000 cedar and juniper trees since 2011 in Lebanon’s woodlands in collaboration with Jouzour Loubnan
  • More than 400 employees take part in the annual planting campaign in Kfardebian with their friends and families
  • The campaign also supports Jouzour Loubnan’s researches to test the best techniques for sustainable planting results in partnership with Saint Joseph University
  • Environmental Education:
  • The first-of-its-kind,  Azadea Foundation  Green Booth tour reached around 2,000 families and children. The Green Booth toured five malls in two years teaching people how to plant trees and recycle waste in collaboration with local NGOs
  • 330 students in 14 public and private schools targeted through the pioneer Envirothon inter-school competition held annually at the Rene Muawad Sanyeh Garden. The objective of the Envirothon is to increase the awareness of the students by competing in a variety of environmental categories empowering future generations to take action
  • National Recycling program:
  • The recycling of paper has been taking place in the company’s headquarters in Lebanon since 2009. In 2016 and with the support of more than 1,300 of its employees, a huge recycling initiative of paper and plastic across all our local shops and our headquarters started
  • Our head office in Jordan also joined the internal environmental culture with a paper and plastic recycling initiative in 2015.Two other regional countries are set to join the movement within the upcoming period as well
  • The Green Challenge by Azadea Foundation:
  • A customized incentive program created by the Foundation for employees to challenge each other in conducting better daily environmental habits.  Over 500 employees have so far been part of the challenge in Lebanon and Jordan.  Activities include recycling paper/ plastic waste, producing several reused waste ideas made at home, saving energy at Azadea headquarters, reducing the consumption of paper cups, and the emergence of a number of green ideas
  • The Azadea Foundation Committee:
  • A group of 12 enthusiastic employees are nominated and voted for every year to represent Azadea personnel at the shops and back office management, whose role is to act as a mobilizing body that engages with employees deeper in the environmental activities and encourages the sense of community service
  • The renovation of the René Mouawad, Sanayeh Garden:
  • In 2014, the Azadea Foundation renovated the historical 22,000 square meter René Mouawad, Sanayeh Garden
  • Around 500 additional trees were planted, 15,000 ground-cover  types of grass that grow different kinds of flowers, and 11,000 meters of grass were also installed
  • The garden includes several new amenities like three children playgrounds, bicycle and running tracks, an amphitheater, an exhibition area, and many reading areas
  • The Foundation will preserve the greenery and cultural heritage of the garden through a 10-year- maintenance plan, beginning from its renovation
  • The Foundation created customized  eco activities for needy children at the garden ever since its opening, reaching around 300 (6 and 7 years old) from SOS, AFEL, Al Mabarrat and others
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  • GES Headquarters in Lebanon and warehouse for international distribution in UAE are equipped with High Technology in saving power energy while using electronic files and documentation
  • We provide solutions for residential to enable low cost on energy and maximum comfort built with low voltage devices
  • Building now 1000 villas in Lebanon under the green international project supported by European Union, where all will be built in a green area under certain conditions
  • We use special daylight sensors, wind sensors and create a secure lifestyle into all projects
  • All the damaged and old electronic devices are returned to be recycled under the international law
  • GES engineering department concentrate on low cost, low energy and superb value to enable more power from small devices
  • We use low voltage devices with touch screen and low temperature designed to save power and energy



  • Compress carton boxes and paper and sell them for recycling
  • Installed LED lighting in the showrooms to save on power
  • Included D2W in our plastic bags to make them biodegradable
  • Use Green diesel fuel in our generators
  • Sort out the garbage produced into organic and recyclable metal, wood and plastic



  • Used in our offices, warehouse & building our environmentally friendly paints of zero or very low VOC levels. This also applies to the executed projects
  • Using verifiably environmentally preferable solvent-free & water borne products of green performance standards not only addresses environmental friendliness in work places, but also reduces the cost of the replaced solvents
  • Trying to keep down the paper consumption, and we are handing over the discarded papers for recycling

 

  • The usage of recycled paper bags for merchandise
  • Piling, sealing and sending all the outdated HOG magazines to Arc en ciel
  • Saving of the receipt and invoice papers to take notes on the other empty side of the paper
  • The motorcycles are equipped with Catalyseurs found in the exhaust, which has the same impact as the emissive filters, to drain the high possibility of air pollution once the bike is on the run
  • Almost every part and accessories are recycled and reused, and those that cannot be reused are dumped into the sea, to make shelters to the fish and the aquatic animal life
  • Reduction in paper consumption costs that effect the yearly stationary costs
  • Participating in some NGO events and building  good public relations with the organizations in which we support through our “green preservation” concept
  • Acknowledging and educating the bike purchasers that we care about the surrounding and that our bikes are manufactured with the care of reduction of air pollution



  • Use the same special made delivery bags among branches that are environmentally friendly (without disposing them)
  • Replaced the paper napkins and toilet papers with towels
  • Refill our toner cartridges for printers instead of buying new ones
  • Donate regularly huge amount of uniforms, old stock clothing to Non-Profit Organizations
  • Use multipurpose cleaners for our stores
  • Educate and create awareness among employees through multiple initiatives
  • Encourage carpooling among staff members
  • Install Recycling Bins for papers among offices
  • Minimize the use and printing of papers



  • Installed a solar system capable of covering all power needs, including the administration area (lighting, air conditioning), manufacturing (welding), service (overhead crane) and many other usages, up to a total load of 150 kW. The system installed derives clean & pure energy from the sun which helps in combating greenhouse gas emissions & global warming & reduce collective dependence on fossil fuel, as well
  • Caterpillar offers a full range of Cat Hybrid Microgrid Solutions from 10 kW to 100 MW
  • Cat advanced Solar Solution based on advanced thin-film solar modules that are setting the industry benchmark
  • Controls: Cat Microgrid Master Controller (MMC)
  • Energy Storage Paired with Cat Bi-directional Power (BDP) Module
  • Flexible Fuel Options
    The CAT HYBRID MICROGRID SOLUTION provides:
  • Increased energy efficiency with no reliance on the grid and optimal total cost of ownership
  • Efficient power that can be produced where and when it is needed without transmission lines and transformer losses
  • High performance, scalable system designed and built using standardized building blocks that are easy and quick to install even in challenging environments
    Other environmental friendly products are available at M. Ezzat Jallad & Fils such as:
  • Low emission generating sets
  • Soot filters and catalytic converters
  • Using led lighting instead of yellow



  • ABC’s environmental initiatives are grounded in its main objective to shed the light on a crucial CSR subject while acting as a role model for other corporations and the Lebanese community as whole
  • Was a pioneer in promoting a smoke free environment on its premises
  • Launched the photovoltaic power plant at its branch in Ashrafieh and succeeded in generating 31% of the mall’s electricity needs in 2015, which is enough power supply for 300 homes
  • Implemented a waste management program in collaboration with “Zero Waste Act” which is part of Contra International. With its slogan “Join the cycle”, ABC’s campaign promoted good waste practices among the Lebanese by implementing a series of procedures within its malls such as: introducing recycle bins, distributing educational materials, conducting educational games for children as well as setting up promotional platforms on the importance of recycling. All ABC premises, tenant spaces included, are equipped with segregated waste bins
  • Recycled more than 100,000 kg of recyclable materials in 2015, which is equivalent to eight times those recycled in a Lebanese municipality of 800 people
  • Hosted environmental awareness workshops within its premises in March and May 2016. This was done in collaboration with "Zero Waste ACT" as well as "Cedars environment", "Earth Lebanon" and “Arcenciel". These workshops targeted school students, reaching more than 1500 in total, to teach them about the importance of adopting a culture of reusing, sorting and recycling. The ultimate aim is to raise generations that are more environmentally conscious and to elicit real behavioral change
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  • Recycled shopping bag for customers to decrease use of plastic bags
  • Decreased the printing of papers and going more social to help conserve the trees
  • Using only recycled papers for all our papers FSC 
  • Carry a wide range of fresh organic suppliers in addition to grocery food and non-food items green items
  • Going to launch soon a special loyalty program for green customers
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  • Replaced all regular light bulbs in all the branches and the head office with energy saving ones
  • Utilize emails as a communication tool
  • Using non – toxic dry ink in our machines
  • Type of paper used: Chlorine – free paper
  • Using oxo-biodegradable plastic bags instead of the regular ones
  • Use power saving mode in all the machines
  • Add motion sensor lights to the bath rooms, store rooms and all areas that are not used continually to save energy in all branches
  • Shredding all papers, that are then sent to be recycled
  • Assign delivery to clients based on area to reduce transit and fuel consumption



  • Hybrid systems 
  • Solar system- Diesel generators with solar power and batteries
  • Office equipment and stationary 
  • Altering waste disposal methods for our factory
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  • Since 2016, Hateco S.A.R.L has begun importing eco-friendly Nano Energy 3 tires from Toyo Tires Company to whom we are the official dealers for in the Lebanese market. These tires are manufactured using A.T.O.M (Advanced Tire Operation Module) production system that helps decrease fuel consumption without affecting the quality and performance of the tire
  • Launching a Recycling Competition in cooperation with AUB and LDU NLC Universities for Interior Design and Architectural students that consists of encouraging students’ creativity to make products by reusing and recycling automotive products such as tires, batteries, lubricants and so on
  • Collection of cartons, plastic and other wrapping material used for our products which are picked up by small independent firms that sell them to other companies
  • Reusing and recycling internal office paper, envelopes and files



  • Established a sorting system in all branches. Waste is sorted: organic and non-organic materials 
  • Recycle paper by contracting Arc En Ciel for pickup of used and shredded papers on a weekly basis
  • Planted cedar trees in 2014 in the Barouk Chouf Natural Reserve
  • Organize annual spring trips in the outdoors to raise awareness within the establishment
  • Promote excursion projects in the great outdoors, such as Team Lebanon’s recent climb of the Mount Denali in North America (2016)
  • Import/Export consolidations: all merchandise transportation is organized in order to reduce carbon emissions and reduce traffic density
  • Continuously contribute to upcycling projects by providing several communities, charity organizations and NGOs with fabric left-overs: Schools and organizations such as AFEL, IRAP, Sarah’s Bags, Arc En Ciel, Cirquenciel, Waste, Patchwork, Saint Vincent de Paul, Caritas Migrant Center, Tahaddi Lebanon, Recycle Beirut and the Red Cross are successfully re-using our fabrics and wallpapers
  • Aiming our marketing and branding strategies towards the importance of taking green initiatives, encouraging a positive taking of action: yearly corporate gifts are made of upcycled fabrics by local NGOs within the vision of protecting the environment. Packaging and cards are made of recycled paper
  • Most of our fabrics and wallpapers are in conformity with American and European production standards and are all tested for harmful substances, according to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
  • Most of our fabrics and wallpapers are made of natural yarns and fibers such as cotton, linen, silk and viscose
  • Most of our fabrics and wallpapers are easily to wash and maintain. This avoids the use of all kinds of bleaching products
  • Our wallpapers are made of eco-friendly inking systems and papers. Their installation and removal do not require the use of toxic substances
  • Our plastic bags are made of d2w, in favor of biodegradable, reusable and recyclable plastic
  • Implementation of a no-smoking policy on all premises



  • Enforced a recycling system internally in support of T.E.R.R.E. Liban in “Papivore Malin” the paper recycling project.
  • Shifted to using LED lights to reduce energy consumption
  • Reduced paper consumption by printing on both sides
  • Minimized paper waste by installing automatic hand dryers
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  • Turning off equipment when it's not being used. This have reduced the energy used by 25%; moreover, turning off the computers at the end of the day have saved an additional 50%
  • Encouraged communications by emails, and reading email messages onscreen and in case of any necessity, we print them
  • Reduced using fax-related paper waste by using a fax-modem which it was the best way to be paperless and environment friendly
  • Producing double-sided documents whenever possible
  • Our lighting bulbs used are environment friendly and less costly
  • Our future plan is to encourage our employees, families, friends, international partners and clients to go green by showing them our result of practicing our green initiative plans to keep going on to save our environment



  • Eliminate waste in printing
  • Buy environmentally friendly papers
  • Power savings by eliminating screen savers, installing motion sensors, buying LED lamps...
  • Reduce toilet water consumption



  • Files, envelopes and all papers used by the office are made out of recycled material
  • Minimize printing if necessary by diminishing the size of the font by (-1). It does not affect much the reading experience but saves around 20% of paper
  • Collect the used paper and first use it as rough drafts and then when they are fully used, we want to get them recycled
  • Changed all the lighting in the office to led lighting since it does not use as much energy as normal light bulbs but have the same effect



  • Paper and plastic recycling in our Offices & Homes
  • Social Media: Earth Day & Other Campaigns
  • Green Tips incorporated in our Internal Policies & Procedures (Green travel tips and Green behavior)



  • In order to promote internally and externally the Green Building business, 5 of our engineers were trained on behalf of our office and were accredited the LEED GA certificate from USGBC. They hence apply their expertise into our projects, when the client requires such services
  • Internally, we have a printing policy only-when-necessary and we recycle our waste and donate them to related institutions



  • Energy Saving: we shut down all systems daily to conserve energy, and we use LED lighting
  • Recycling: we sort and recycle all our waste, and reuse printed paper internally as notebooks
  • LEED Construction: we encourage and advise our clients to apply LEED construction standards to create innovative green buildings
  • Water Based Paint: we use only water based paints, which lessens the use of solvents, in turn lowering the emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (Voc)
  • Operations Best Practices: we advise clients to implement environmentally friendly best practices that conserve energy, water, and reduce waste



    As Architects, we are directing all our designs towards green architecture by introducing elements, systems and trends that minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by:
  • Efficiency in the use of material
  • Moderation in energy consumption and the use of energy saving systems
  • Used water treatment plants for irrigation
  • Waste Management
  • Ecosystems
  • Sustainable Architecture
  • Organic Architecture
  • Minimize trucks travel distances by specifying nearby factories for cement block



  • Enhancing its 'green' image by properly segregating and recycling its wastes (paper, plastic, carton…) and has already replaced its lighting system inside the corporate with energy efficient ones. Moreover, since going green mean in practice to travel less, V4 Advisors’ team has regulated their flights, reducing the carbon footprint of the company
  • Helping individuals to drive change online in their local community by providing them the “Individual GHG Platform” through our website, a free of charge online calculator that helps individuals compute their own CO2 emissions based on their country’s specific emission factors. Our website also provides individuals with appropriate tips on how to reduce carbon emissions from different sources
  • Posting interesting environmental topics on our Facebook page, especially “Vsession” posts, where V4 Advisors support the organizations that have undertaken innovative approaches to reduce their environmental footprint, by composing articles about their environmental initiatives, with the purpose of disseminating information and spreading awareness on these issues
  • In Lebanon, we drive our Green Image further by taking part in the Green Schools’ Certification program, thus offering 100 online certified tools to 100 Lebanese private and public schools based on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol’s methodologies, to compute their schools’ carbon footprint. Also, to implement this program sustainably, V4 Advisors took a further step and calculated the GHG emissions resulting from this whole “Green Schools’ Certification program” project, with the objective of offsetting its footprint
  • Launch, regularly, environmental workshops to enlighten the concept of GHG auditing and to promote environmental awareness. In 2015, V4 Advisors conducted a workshop for Bank Audi employees’ children on how each individual can calculate the GHG emissions from his/her own house, by using GHG Protocol’s methodologies. Following this workshop, in 2016, V4 Advisors conducted several other workshops to explain the concept of climate change to 4000 students from Al Makassed and Sagesse schools, who have participated in Bank Audi’s Carbon Footprint microsite competition
  • Partnered with Sursock museums and computed the Carbon Footprint of its "Let's Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis" Exhibition, using V4 Advisors' certified tool by GHG Protocol
  • Fostering sustainable economic growth for our company and our clients is at the heart of our environmental strategy. So, as per the decision 99/1 issued by the Ministry of Environment, V4 Advisors, and for the second year, has been awarded an acknowledgment certificate by the Minister of Environment and has assisted its clients for 3 years to get awarded as companies that has successfully audited, reported and communicated their respective GHG emissions
  • V4 Advisors are currently expending its environmental strategies outside Lebanon by running a GHG reduction Competition with Clean Energy business Council, for more than 30 schools and 65000 students in UAE, to measure and reduce their carbon footprint. The received data from the schools up till now have been showing extremely interesting results, for the winning school will receive a 1KW on-grid solar system by Tanweer Solar Energy



    Sorting and Proper Handling of the below types of waste:
  • Paper and cardboard waste, plastic, glass and tin
  • Cartridge and Ink
  • Light bulbs
  • Electrical components (PC, laptops, scanners, printers, ACs, etc)
  • Batteries
  • Waste oils
  • Tires
  • Municipal and domestic waste
  • Absorbents from spill clean-up

  • Continuous Monitoring of:
  • Electricity Consumption
  • Gas Emissions
  • Fuel and Water Consumption
  • Waste Water

  • Procurement of products: Use Green Cleaning Products. Take into consideration: Safe MSDS to check toxicity, Ability to be recycled, and Energy efficiency

  • Stationary:
  • Eliminate Waste in Printing
  • Re-use the double sides of Papers
  • Buy Environmentally Friendly Paper
  • Double sided Photocopier and Printer Settings

  • Lighting: Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

  • Environmental Awareness:
  • Promote being Green on collateral material
  • Buy from Green-friendly suppliers
  • Educate employees, clientele, and vendors about the advantages of joining a Green business network



  • IT infrastructure is based and uses the lowest power consuming devices
  • IT equipment (printers, screens, TVs…) is power saving
  • All printers are configured in eco mode (low ink usage)
  • All electrical equipment is serially linked to specific sensors and timers (reducing power)
  • Switched all spot lights to LED technology
  • 3M glass to isolate the external heat and radiation



  • ‘Being a leading international consultancy, Dar shares with the world community its concern about global warming and is committed to design energy efficient and sustainable buildings in accordance with LEED criteria.’ Dr. Kamal Shair
  • Undertook an ambitious plan to educate and certify its employees according to LEED ”Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” Professional Accreditation Program. This Professional Accreditation plan shall follow a periodic educational cycle “Green Wave” starting from a LEED general introduction to receiving the “LEED accredited professional with specialty” certificate. Same applies for “BREEAM”
  • Recycle all wasted papers, devices and plastic caps
  • Replace all neon light fixtures in DAR Main Building with LED tubes. Remaining buildings to follow after we have a good study on cost savings
  • Switch all non-neon light bulbs in the office buildings and guesthouses, to either LED or energy savings bulbs
  • Participate every year on EARTH HOUR by turning off our lights
  • All staff are encouraged to switch off their computers before leaving the office
  • All staff are encouraged to carpool as directed through DAR website
  • Rooftop chillers are switched off between 8:00pm and 7:00am
  • All glass windows have been covered with UV and light films to reduce energy waste through the window
  • DAR buildings were refinished with a special heat reducing paint in order to save on the cooling bill in the summer
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  • Implemented a switch off campaign for lights and office equipment
  • Implemented default double sided printing
  • Installed timers on printers to ensure shut down during out of office hours
  • Replaced inefficient, high energy light bulbs with lower wattage, energy saving lights
  • Produced double-sided documents whenever possible



  • Data Consult has engaged Pesco Energy SAL to switch its entire office light fixtures to a more environmentally friendly solution and this effort has reduced the energy consumption over the last two years by 60%. Data Consult is proud to share in numbers the savings made as per the below table. Environmental Benefits over 24 months. 
    Annual CO2 emission reduction = 38,264 kg⁴
    Annual Tree Planting Equivalent = 59, 556 m² of tree⁵
  • Data Consult runs an e-service employee interaction tool where employees can find organizational announcements, news/events, and furthermore use the portal to manage annual leaves, payroll transactions and employee claims/requests. The launching of online workflows has reduced the usage of paper by 30%
  • Data Consult continuously initiates and promotes eco-friendly technologies, such as teleconferencing, energy optimization solutions, data virtualization, Cloud based solutions,  etc. that will allow its clientele to grow their businesses while minimizing their carbon footprint and initial investment
  • Data Consult adopts a minimalistic approach to stock keeping to further reduce its carbon footprint
  • Data Consult went digital in all its client communication, i.e. newsletters, invitations, event collaterals to reduce the usage of paper, making sure to opt for environmentally friendly products and recycled material
  • Data Consult invested in a new cloud-based portal to manage its customer relationship
  • Data Consult in collaboration with Zero Waste was able to recycle all the waste generated by the company, with respect to the international norms of recycling and waste management. Data Consult reduced its paper consumption by 56% from 2015 to 2016. Data Consult also enrolled in a Plastic and Aluminum recycling program that is also aimed at encouraging  employees to adopt the same approach outside the company premises
  • Data Consult is actively working on promoting its managed services to provide its clients with solutions that will manage their resources and energy consumption in a more economical manner
  • Data Consult will be installing smart devices that will allow the automatic shutdown of office lights and AC units when employees step outside of their offices. In the same spirit, the solution will allow the company to monitor in real time the energy consumption of all its electrical appliances including the backup generators
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  • We are about to lunch a cycling school that teaches people on how to ride bicycles on the streets in order to encourage them to start commuting by bicycle to work
  • Our delivery boys cross a distance of 50km a day within Beirut only. We have 4 messengers each who answer 10 delivery calls so that is 40 less cars/motorbikes on the streets everyday



    Energy
  • Shut off our monitors and/or manually send our computers into energy-saving modes (standby or hibernate) when not in use and turn them off at night
  • Make the sleep mode enabled on all copiers and all printers after five minutes or more of inactivity
  • Install motion detectors near lightings in corridors and main entrances
  • During summer, set air conditioners to 21 Ê 23 degrees temperature instead of the energy consuming 16 Ê 19 degrees
  • Use rechargeable rather than single-use batteries
  • Post prompts and stickers on light switches, to remind them to turn off the lights in every room they leave
  • Send an email to staff before holidays and breaks containing an energy saving checklist to be followed by them at home

  • Transportation
  • Assist employee in linking trips to accomplish all tasks in one outing (supported through time-management training)

  • Reducing Hazardous Materials
  • Eliminate aerosol cleaners and toxic room fresheners
  • Use one or a few multipurpose cleaners, rather than many special-purpose cleaners
  • Substitute traditional plastic bags with d2w biodegradable bags

  • Recycling and Reusing
  • Establish a recycling system in the office: install 3 separate bins for paper, plastic and glass
  • Install recycling bins in all common areas where trash bins are present, such as in kitchens, break rooms, conference rooms, mail rooms, and copy rooms with clear recycling signs
  • Provide recycling bins at events and meetings sponsored by the company
  • Send mixed paper (junk mail, magazines, catalogues, newspapers, phonebooks, etc.) for recycling
  • Print and/or copied on both sides of a page whenever possible. Set double-siding as a default on office computers
  • Reuse paper that has text on only one side whenever appropriate. Keep a scrap paper pile near our printer and/or copier
  • Use eco-friendly, certified paper for all printing purposes

  • Creating environmental awareness
  • Adopt an internal Green strategy
  • Promote being Green on promotional material, website, and e-mail
  • Purchase from Green friendly suppliers
  • Educate and train employees, clientele and buyers about the advantages of Green behavior
  • Sponsor a Green conference, event or workshop

  • Participation, Engagement and Exposure
  • Sign the Lebanon Opportunities Green Pledge
  • Form a Green Committee or a Green Coordination in the company, responsible for initiating, supervising and encouraging green initiatives on the corporate level
  • Participate in green-related events, activities, conferences and workshops
  • Organize green-related events on the corporate level, employees of all levels



  • The company has a hybrid vehicle, diminishing the consumption of fuel
  • Sorting at source has been implemented at our office, using a 4 system bin, taking into account that our main waste is paper and is disposed of in a specific bin
  • Organic waste is disposed of in a composting box located near the office
  • Awareness sessions about waste prevention for all employees and ban on disposable items such as polystyrene cups and cutlery
  • Communication about waste practices when we meet partners
  • Appointment of one green coordinator



  • First LEED Platinum Building in Lebanon: We have been assisting clients in the certification process of many buildings for either the BREEAM (British) or LEED (US) green building certifications. Notably, the M1 Building, one of the projects we have actively advised on, became on July 20th, 2016, the first project in Lebanon to receive the LEED Platinum rating
  • Casa Batroun: The collaborative work of Maha Nasrallah Architects’ design and EcoConsulting’s advice on sustainability measures has led to its British BREEAM International EXCELLENT certification. Casa Batroun is the 1st project in Lebanon to obtain a BREEAM certificate, and 1st to be awarded BREEAM “Excellent” in the Middle-East
  • Green Loans: Our team is assisting dozens of projects to secure the national NEEREA and LEA loans for energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly buildings (very low interest loans), supported by the Lebanese Central Bank and LCEC, and meets their green commitments
  • Build it Green Conference: EcoConsulting partnered for 6 consecutive years with e-EcoSolutions to organize the annual “Build it Green – Lebanon” held in March every year, along with organizing 2 versions of its EcoQuartier sustainable competition for university students
  • Green Building Criteria: EcoConsulting worked with a committee to deliver a set of criteria for Green Buildings in Lebanon aiming to establish additional standards for new buildings, taking into account sustainability principles and local market constraints. We have been actively involved in the work of the Technical Committee in the preparation of this standard
  • SwitchMed: EcoConsulting has been selected, along with ProQuale firm, as the local trainers and mentors of SwitchMed, for its Green Entrepreneurship program
  • COP 21 in Paris: In an effort to contribute to climate change policy, EcoConsulting attended the International Climate Change Conference 21st Session (COP21) in Paris in December of 2015, on behalf of the Lebanese private sector and as a member of the Lebanese delegation
  • Resilient Cities: EcoConsulting has actively participated in devising the Environmental & Sustainability goals of the new Resilience Strategy of the City of Byblos, which was selected by the Rockefeller Foundation as one of the very first 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) in the world
  • Supporting Education: EcoConsulting has partnered with the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association (LMTA) to assist in one of its conservation and development objectives: Education
  • Environmental Championship Program (ECP): We have worked in collaboration with the LMTA to create the ECP, a new, innovative environmental education program for kids, which consists in organizing 5-day environmental awareness and sustainable living programs, and engaging children from diverse ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds in joint socio-environmental action
  • Anti-littering Awareness: In an effort to raise the new generation’s awareness about the importance of a clean environment, we have developed an Anti-Littering animation for kids, which has been incorporated into the LMTA Education program and will be soon introduced in collaboration with the Ministry of Education as an extra-curricular activity in all public schools
  • Recycling at the Office: Recycling containers have been provided since starting our office in 2008, with easy-to-understand signage in the office. The recycling is picked up on a weekly basis
  • Reducing Office Waste: We recently changed our method of making coffee at our office after noticing that the plastic capsules used in Nespresso machine could not be recycled, and accumulated at an accelerated rate



  • Drink from reusable mugs or water bottles
  • Lessen paper waste via promoting the use of whiteboards, printing on/using both sides of a page, printing when only needed
  • Reduce food waste during the weekly mixers throughout acceleration programs
  • Send electronic newsletters and producing as little promotional leaflets as possible
  • Communicate with accelerated startups on a regular basis about economizing electricity, whether lights or ACs, and water in Speed@BDD's premises
  • Request air dryers in the bathroom
  • Use of LED lamps and power saving electronics 
  • Encourage startups going through acceleration to use carpooling
  • Put in place a paper recycling process
  • Encourage video conferences to reduce pollutant emissions
  • Promote green startup initiatives by startups such as Carpolo, Blinkmycar, Next Automated Robots, etc.
  • Promote the Green Pledge with our stakeholders and suppliers



  • Members of the UNISDR, DRR-PSP (United Nation International Strategy for Risk Reduction, Disaster Risk Reduction – Private Sector Partnership)
  • Members of the Civic Awareness And Eco- Sustainable Development (Diane Foundation)
  • Experts in ISO 2600 (Social Responsibility)
  • Members of the  ISO/TC 207/SC 01/WG 08, ISO 14007 - Determining environmental costs and benefits
  • Segregating waste 
  • Reducing the use of papers to the minimum
  • Raising awareness on Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development, Risk Management, Disaster Management, Quality Management, Environment and Green throughout courses, seminars, training and coaching provided in several sectors and in different universities mainly (USJ, AUST, USF, ENA, Lebanese Army Command & Staff College)
  • Raising awareness on Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development, Risk Management, Disaster Management, Quality Management, Environment and Green throughout consultation provided in several sectors (Health, Insurance, Education, Heavy Industry, Food, NGO, Governing Bodies/Decision Makers and so on)



  • Using LED Lights to reduce energy consumption
  • Sorting waste for recycling
  • Encouraging team on reduced paper printing and adopting double-sided printing when needed
  • Collecting bottle caps for Arc-en-ciel
  • Implementing Smoke-free offices Policy
  • Reducing Water consumption
  • Planning to reduce the use of paper in workshops by encouraging the use of electronic devices



  • Limited printing documents that are not required to such as legal & financial documents
  • Limit electricity use in our offices during the day by opening the curtains
  • Make sure to close the water tap whenever unused
  • Use recycled papers as much as possible 
  • Provided free trainings, speeches to NGOs taking care of the Green Environment



    Our type of business:
  • Environment is deeply rooted in our business as we audit enterprises according to international environmental standards (ISO 14001: 2015) and we deliver certificates accordingly. We also train environmental managers and auditors to manage their responsibility in the most professional way possible

  • Communication in soft mode:
  • During our communication, we always keep in mind to use the minimum paper possible. All our documents are sent by mail and we request soft copies of the documents from our customers. We also tend to reduce the mails’ exchange as this can also be polluting. Oral communication is encouraged when possible and a platform is used with our HQ in Paris
  • Our certificates are not printed but sent by mail to our customers. Our customers are free to print them or not
  • Our training plan is distributed as soft copy

  • Optimization of documents’ printing:
  • We optimize the quantity of our printings
  • We print all our documents on both sides of the paper and useless documents are used as drafts
  • We reduce color printing
  • We centralize our printings

  • Recycling:
  • We recycle our papers, plastics, cans and cartridges. We work with Zero waste act and Beeatona for this purpose
  • We reduce the consumption of non-reusable items in our kitchen

  • Energy consumption:
  • We reduce our energy consumption. We turn off the lights and our computers when we do not need them
  • We encourage carpooling



  • Specialized in the execution of all mechanical and energy saving works such as Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning, sanitary, plumbing, and energy recovery and energy saving projects since 1982
  • In 2013, MEC has become the distributor for Econotherm® products and systems. Econotherm® (part of Spirax Sarco) is a company based in the United Kingdom specialized in manufacturing of “waste heat recovery heat exchangers” using “heat pipe” technology. Since 2007, Econotherm® has provided waste heat recovery solutions in food, building materials, forestry, metals, mining, oil and gas, power, refinery and pharmaceutical sectors
  • In 2014, MEC has become the distributor for Calorex® products and systems. Calorex® is a company based in the United Kingdom specialized in manufacturing of “Heat pumps and indoor swimming pool environmental control units”. Calorex® units are designed for maximum efficiency and energy saving in indoor swimming pool facilities
  • Shifted to using LED lights to reduce energy consumption
  • Installed Split air conditioning system with inverter technology in our offices
 



  • Signed with “l’ecoute” to take our recycling from our offices including computer hardware. We encourage our employees to do the same at home
  • Use Fabriano recycled paper as A4 and print our policies on A5 format to reduce by half the impact of the use of paper
  • All lights and computers are turned off once we leave the office, only the strict minimum remains on
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