Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the flagship Free Zone operation of Economic Zones World, has this year, participated in “Earth Hour 2014″ celebrations organised by DEWA under the umbrella of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS), in association with the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature, on Saturday 29th March, at Bay Avenue Park, Business Bay.
The event was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.
Jafza’s participation was part of its continued efforts to create awareness about the critical importance of preserving ecology and rational utilisation of the country’s energy resources in order to reduce the risks posed by global warming and climate change.
Ibrahim Mohamed Al Janahi, Dy. CEO and Chief Commercial Officer of Jafza, commenting on the event said, “The participation of Jafza in this global initiative is fully in line with our commitment to rationalize energy consumption and promote the principle of sustainability, which can go hand in hand with economic development of countries and well-being of communities.”
The celebrations began at 5pm which included a wide range of activities for the family, focused on strengthening awareness on environmental conservation and the rational use of energy, and a walkathon joined by all the participants that moved together with lit candles and lanterns to highlight the message of environmental sustainability after switching off lights and non-essential appliances from 8.30 to 9.30 pm.
Earth Hour, the lights-off initiative of the WWF that has become the iconic symbol of people’s concern and commitment to save the planet. Over 7,000 cities, towns and municipalities across more than 150 countries and territories go dark for an hour of expressed and inspired solidarity.
Jafza continues to take measures in the free zone on an ongoing 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 and now 15, have been fitted with LED lights that consume less electricity.
Water saving devices have also been installed in office buildings resulting in 23% savings in the water consumption. 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.
Jafza 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.