Jafza, the flagship operation of Economic Zones World (EZW), in support of Dubai Municipality’s Initiative of “Car Free Day”, has observed February 19 as Metro Day for Jafza Employees.
The move aimed at raising awareness about the critical need to reduce energy consumption and carbon emission to protect the planet from climate change.
Almost 100 Jafza employees including Ibrahim Mohamed Al Janahi, Deputy CEO of Jafza, Asim Al Abbasi, Chief Financial Officer, EZW and other senior executives, used Metro to come to work in the Free Zone.
Ibrahim Al Janahi, speaking on the occasion stressed the need to minimize the use of cars wherever an alternative mode of transportation, particularly Metro, is available.
“Metro Day is a symbolic initiative which needs to be converted into a matter of practice by all of us as much as possible. Each one of us can contribute our share in reducing carbon emission and maintaining the environment healthy for us today and for the future generation. Jafza as a corporate entity is fully committed to sustainability, Metro Day, though a symbolic initiative reinforces our stand.”
Jafza continues to take measures in the free zone on a regular basis to improve its carbon management and environmental activities. Specific measures undertaken by Jafza to save energy include the installation of timer controlled devices and photocells in parking areas, corridors and other parts of the buildings. Buildings 18 and 19 have been fitted with LED lights that consume less electricity.
Water saving devices have also been installed in office buildings resulting in 23% water savings. Additionally all sewage water and water drained from air conditioning units is recycled and used for irrigation. Refrigerants are also recycled and reused to minimise the free zone’s carbon footprint. Paper and aluminium can recycling bins were introduced a few years ago to encourage people to recycle.
EZW also extends its green strategies to its logistics developments and warehouses. In 2009, Jafza mandated all facility developments to follow green building standards and ensures its customers adhere strictly to them. This includes adding energy saving facilities, ensuring there are no ‘over design’ items like roof Lightning Protection systems, optimising loads and a host of other measures.
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