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




  • 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




  • 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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    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

 

  • 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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