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BGreen Award winner signs new green gas deal

Interface, named BGreen Award  Most Sustainable Large Company 2013 last month has revealed details of its latest move to cut greenhouse emissions.

Interface, which won for its work making carpet tiles from recycled fishing nets, has announced it will be  using 100% sustainable gas at its manufacturing plant in Scherpenzeel, the Netherlands, from January 1.

The carpet tile manufacturer has signed a contract with sustainable energy supplier Eneco to supply gas produced using certified ‘green’ waste from the food industry, provided by fish processor A. van de Groep.

Interface is already using green energy across its European manufacturing sites and the decision to use sustainable gas forms part of the company’s long-term ‘Mission Zero’ sustainability goal.  As a result of this contract, Interface will receive all of its gas via Eneco.

Ton van Keken, Senior Vice President of Operations at Interface Europe, said: “We are excited about our partnership with A. van de Groep and Eneco.  The transition to sustainable gas is the next logical step on our journey towards ‘Mission Zero’ – our goal to become a truly sustainable company and have zero impact on the environment by 2020.

“By using a combination of green energy and biogas, our European headquarters and our factory in Scherpenzeel will become almost CO2 neutral and waste, in this case from the food and fish industries, will be used in a way that benefits business.”

Barth de Klerk, Director at Eneco Business, said: “Interface’s ‘Mission Zero’ goal fits seamlessly with our mission at Eneco, to provide everyone in the Netherlands with sustainably produced energy.

“By feeding the biogas that is being produced by A. van de Groep to our grid, we can supply Interface with sustainable gas.  It is wonderful that through this project all businesses involved can fulfill aspects of their corporate social responsibility.”

BGreen Awards 2013 Most Sustainable Large Corporation: Interface

BGreen Awards 2013 All the winners


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EmiratesGBC Congress to highlight green building regulations and financing

The second Annual Congress of the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, to be held on December 11 & 12, 2013, at the Grosvenor House Dubai, will put the spotlight on green building regulations, green financing schemes and governmental approaches to promote all-round sustainable development.

Adnan Sharafi, Chairman of EmiratesGBC and Board Member of the World Green Building Council, said: “The case studies presented at the Congress will serve in sharing best practices with policy makers and stakeholders across the construction sector supply chain. The Congress indeed has been conceptualised to promote knowledge sharing that will enable the region to highlight its leadership in promoting sustainable growth.”

Among the confirmed keynote speakers at the event, include representatives of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Dubai Municipality, the Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi, and United Nations Development Programme.

One of the key sessions on the opening day of the Conference focuses on financing schemes for green buildings covering the need for financing, innovative financing mechanisms, incentive strategies and fee structures. The panelists include representatives of DEWA, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Etisalat, Regulation & Supervision Bureau (RSB) and Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Qatar Green Building Council and Estidama will present case studies highlighting the benefits of sustainable built environments.

A series of workshops will be held on the second day of the Congress. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council will discuss about Estidama, while the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence will present a workshop on measuring carbon footprint.

The Congress is open to EmiratesGBC members and non-members. To attend, they have to register at http://emiratesgbc.org/congress/register/. Registration fees are AED 1,500 for members and AED 2,000 for non-members, providing access to the 2-day Congress, including workshops and gala dinner.



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Bee’ah’s sustainable works recognised at Green Middle East Awards

Bee’ah won two awards at the Green Middle East Awards held on the last day of the three-day long exhibition and forum held at the Sharjah Expo Centre.

The Sharjah- based company was bestowed with the Best Solid Waste Management Company of The Year Award during a ceremony hosted by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water. Bee’ah was recognised for its successful approach to minimise waste, with a particular focus on the company’s in- house recycling facilities.

Salim Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman, Bee’ah was also awarded the Visionary of the Year award for his contributions to raising awareness around environmental issues and influencing the community to make sustainable decisions.

Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer of Bee’ah, said: “Today, Bee’ah diverts 60% of waste from landfill.We have increased this figure and have achieved this result in six short years, so I am confident that our vision of a cleaner, greener future will be realised.”

Inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to transform the Emirate into the most environmentally sustainable in the Middle East, Bee’ah aims to achieve a zero waste- to- landfill goal by 2015.

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Youth awarded for innovation at the WFES and IWS

With sustainable development being an important challenge for future generations, the Green Ideas Expo awards, organised in partnership with Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and conducted during the 2013 World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit, hosted by Masdar, will go a long way to ensuring that the youth of the region are actively involved in developing solutions for a greener, cleaner world.

 The Green Ideas Expo coincided with global celebrations for the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation, and the aim of the awards was to encourage young people to develop innovative solutions for regional and global water and energy challenges. The winners were decided by the highest votes received from visitors during WFES and IWS 2013.

The team of Anjania Malpani, Dahrof Pakashi and Abhidi Soryeaih was awarded first place, with Omar Al Ameri and Sultan Al Kaabi, two Emirati students with scholarships from ADWEA, coming in second place and third place respectively.

Explaining the idea behind the winning project, Anjania Malpani said: “The idea was to turn mechanical power into electricity by walking on certain materials such as crystal in what is called pressurized electricity. The team will initially adopt this idea at Dubai Airport and Abu Dhabi Airport which witness a high percentage of passenger traffic”.

Runner-up Omar Al Ameri said: “My project was to produce water and electricity from heat extracted through deep wells from the ground where temperatures reach 300°C. After digging the wells, a liquid is extracted and then injected into a desalination plant to produce water and electricity. This project does not require any fuels and unlike solar power, which is available only at daytime, it can be carried out any time throughout the year”.

The winning team received a cash prize of US$2,000, with the second place receiving US$1,000, and the third place receiving US$500.



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Sustainability guidepost: Chamber’s CSR Awards

Eight major Dubai-based companies have been awarded the Dubai Chamber CSR Label for their efforts to become leading businesses in corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Canon Middle East, Abela & Co, Emrill Services LLC, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, and ABB were awarded the Dubai Chamber CSR Label at a ceremony at the Chamber’s head office recently.His Excellency Hisham Al Shirawi, 2nd Vice Chairman, Dubai Chamber, presented the CSR Label certificates to the receiving companies, saying that they were pioneers in the region.”I would like to congratulate all the companies today who have received the Dubai Chamber CSR Label. They are leading by example and are a source of inspiration for the entire business community,” he said.”Dubai Chamber launched the CSR Label initiative in 2010 and has had an overwhelming response from the business community. The CSR Label gives companies a clear framework to help them implement CSR and sustainability initiatives, promote them amongst staff, and then have their efforts recognised publicly.

“The receiving companies today send a signal to Dubai’s business community that regardless of the type or size of the organisation, CSR can be incorporated across all operations to the benefit of the business,” Al Shirawi added.

Developed by Dubai Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business, the Dubai Chamber CSR Label is part of a learning programme which promotes CSR and sustainability. Through the CSR Label, companies are given access to toolkits, networking seminars and training workshops to help them adopt and implement their own CSR schemes.

Canon Middle East
Anurag Agrawal, Managing Director, Canon Middle East, said: “At Canon, we measure success based on our ability to improve the lives of our customers, protect the environment and support community development. In this regard, corporate social responsibility plays a very important role in our business strategy as Canon not only seeks to empower creativity and innovation in the workplace and at home, but also aims to contribute to the sustainable development of society through eco-friendly products and socially responsible business practices.

Receiving the award, Agrawal added, “Canon Middle East is honoured to be recognised by Dubai Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business for its holistic approach to sustainability. This award further strengthens our commitment to ‘kyosei’ – Canon’s corporate philosophy of living and working together for the common good.

We are inspired by our corporate philosophy of ‘kyosei’ which emphasises living and working together for the common good. This philosophy is central to our belief that a sustainable business integrates the interests of society with consideration for the environment.”
Hesham Ali Mustafa, Senior Director of Gas Marketing at ENOC and General Manager of Emirates Gas, said: “It gives EMGAS great pride to receive the CSR Label for the second consecutive year. We are pleased that our initiatives have been recognised as a perfect fit to the sustainable development commitment of the Government of Dubai, and as positive contributions towards a safer and greener community.”
HSBC Bank Middle East
Abdulfattah Sharaf, CEO of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, said: “At HSBC, we believe that being a truly sustainable organisation spans financial, social and environmental responsibility for our customers, our staff and our stakeholders. Our desire is to create long-lasting customer relationships, for our staff to act with courageous integrity in doing the right thing for our bank and our communities, to achieve sustained profits for our shareholders, and to manage the social and environmental impact of our business. We believe that acting responsibly in all these areas is, quite simply, good business.
“The Dubai Chamber CSR Label is a wonderful way for us to share with our wider community the successes we have had and also our sustainability priorities for the future,” he added.
In a statement, Intercoil said its CSR programme was aligned with the company’s mission to educate users on healthy sleep and to be the main reference and guide on information related to healthy sleep and orthopaedic sleep systems.”In essence, the objective is to highlight how healthy sleep can lead to a healthy life. Intercoil has incorporated CSR in its core ideology, and its goal is to maintain and develop a healthy and mutually beneficial relationship with the members of the wider community where it operates,” the statement said.”Intercoil’s social responsibility centres on the ambitious goal to be proactive in serving the consumer, the society, the environment and the nation. Being a leading manufacturer of orthopaedic beds and mattresses in the Middle East region, using the latest innovative industrial technologies, Intercoil has committed itself to promoting healthy sleep and increasing consumers’ awareness of its importance in contributing to a healthy life.”Abela & Co

In a statement, Abela & Co, said: “We are delighted to achieve the Dubai Chamber CSR Label. Our commitment to our community, employees, marketplace and environment will be even stronger now.”
The Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business offers a variety of educational, professional training and consulting services that are designed to increase a company’s capacity to implement broad CSR programmes including business ethics, sustainability reporting and corporate governance.


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MidEast bottling companies praised at Coca-Cola sustainability awards

The National Beverage Company (NBC) was named ‘Best Country Bottling Operation’ in Coca-Cola’s Eurasia and Africa Group’s Annual Sustainability awards.

Additionally, the Al-Ahlia Gulf Line in the UAE was recognised among the finalists who were nominated for the Grand prize.

The honour came with a $100,000 cash prize, with the condition to spend at least half of this amount in a programme to support sustainable communities.

NBC also took home the title of Best Performing Plant, which earned them an additional $80,000 prize of which 50% will be used to further develop environmental initiatives.


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