Reaching out for a better future by reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
According to Mrs. Guilene Azzam, Marketing Communication Manager at Schneider Electric and the Global Specialist in Energy Management in the East Mediterranean Region, “We are very enthusiastic about this initiative, and encouraging it. We, at Schneider Electric, believe we can make the most of your energy, and we have Energy Efficiency solutions for all industries. By using our Energy Management Solution, which is mainly four major steps (Analyzing current situation, Fix the Basics, Automate and then Monitor and Maintain) we can promise up to 30% Energy Saving, which also impact GHG emissions”. She added “This can help Lebanon in many ways, environmentally but also economically because reducing the GHG emissions is closely related with Energy Efficiency, which can allow reducing cost and optimizing energy usage on a national level.”
- The eight companies have registered 388.73 tons of CO2 as total number for gas emissions for gas fleet in 2012 and 12,0022.52 tons of Co2 for direct and indirect emissions from energy consumption in 2012, these figures include energy consumption from EDL, generators and boilers.
Previous studies have proven that Lebanon’s energy sector produced the highest volume of Greenhouse Gases and the main gases polluting the Lebanese air are: carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. However, a number of private Lebanese firms decided to do the necessary effort to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions. The eight Lebanese private institutions have successfully audited reported and communicated their respective greenhouse gas emissions.
The Lebanese Ministry of Environment acknowledged the efforts made by these eight companies (AbboudCo. Uniforms, Ambiente, Boecker, Cat&M0uth, In2Info, Le Royal Hotels and Resorts, Schneider Electric East Mediterranean, Work Wear Basics) in an award ceremony held at the Ministry of Environment lead by the UNDP Climate change team.
Quoting Mrs. Lea Aou Jaoude Project Officer of "Third National Communication to the UNFCCC" project at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) “The eight companies have registered 388.73 tons of CO2 as total number for gas emissions for gas fleet in 2012 and 12,0022.52 tons of Co2 for direct and indirect emissions from energy consumption in 2012, these figures include energy consumption from EDL, generators and boilers”
The mentioned companies reported their greenhouse gas emission through V4 advisors, an environmental company who has a certification from the World Resources Institute to perform greenhouse gas calculations. V4 advisors were the ones who proactively contacted these institutions and encouraged them to apply.
The project is part of UNDP’s global Low Emission Capacity Building project, funded by the European Union, the Australian Government, and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
H.E. the Minister of Environment Mr. Nazem El Khoury emphasized, at the award ceremony, on the importance of the work of UNDP with the Government of Lebanon to “promote integrated policy making linking economic growth, environmental management and social equity as functions of each other”, as for H.E. Mr. Robert Watkins, UNDP Resident Representative, he highlighted that UNDP’s partnership with the Ministry of Environment dates to more than a decade, with climate change in particular being a priority. Watkins welcomed the private sector’s proactive participation in building a Low Carbon Economy in Lebanon, ensuring that “such efforts should be maintained and multiplied, so that Lebanon becomes yet again an example in terms of progress for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while strengthening the cooperation between, and building capacity among, different ministries, institutions, the private sector, academia and community organizations on climate change”
Ms. Joyce Mouawad, Head of the Marketing division in Le Royal Hotels and Resorts, indicated that “To become environmentally friendly is a normal commitment to a greener corporate behavior, being environmentally responsible is no longer an option but a necessity to improve the energy conservation.” She also added “We believe in a better world, as you may know it is quite difficult in Lebanon to abide to certain rules however we have to start somewhere, we have to take the initiative hoping that this project will have lots of followers”
The ceremony was closed by granting Certificates of Acknowledgments to the 8 companies for reporting their greenhouse gas emissions.