Sign the Green Pledge The Green Business Handbook
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Some Lebanese companies and organizations have already passed the green light. Here are some examples:




  • 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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