Umniah launches ‘green’ initiative
Amman, June 12, 2010
Umniah, a leading telecom service provider in Jordan, has launched an environmental initiative as part of its interests towards preserving natural resources and the Kingdom.
The launch of Umniah Green Initiative, still in its early stages, coincides with the World Environment Day and will focus on four main environmental fronts reducing water, energy, paper and plastic consumption.
Towards this end, Umniah adopted a number of practices including a reduction in the pressure of water pipes accords the company’s buildings and main offices in order to save water.
The company also launched an awareness campaign with tips and practices related to water conservation. During the latter stages of this initiative, Umniah will also be installing water saving devices in all of its water outlets, it said in a statement.
Umniah has also harnessed solar energy to replace diesel in the generation of electricity required to operate 20 of its cellular stations in different areas around the Kingdom. This step resulted in savings at an average of 360 thousand liters of fuel annually and protected the areas surrounding the sites from CO2 emissions, the statement said.
The engineering department at Umniah is also currently working on the installation of wind powered electricity generators at cellular station cites and developing a direct cooling system in these stations to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, the statement said.
Umniah is also currently using energy saving light bulbs in all of its main building offices. The bulbs are known for their long levity and reduced levels of energy consumption.
Umniah launched an awareness campaign for all of its employees that included the placement of paper recycling bins in all of its departments and selling points to gather paper for recycling in cooperation with the Jordan Environment Society.
Umniah’s first step to promote the efficient consumption of plastic included the replacement of plastic prepaid recharging cards with paper cards. The company also placed plastic recycling bins in collaboration with the Jordanian Environment Society in all of its departments and selling points in order to gather used plastic and recycle it.
As part of this initiative, Umniah has assembled a team of volunteers from the company to oversee the progress of the environmental projects that are being implemented including the projects that are related to recycling paper and plastic materials.
This team is mandated with the task of ensuring the optimum delivery of the projects in addition to seeking ways to improve or enhance the projects if necessary.
“We have realized the importance of cooperating with organisations that support the environment in order to effectively contribute to reducing the negative impact that our environment is being subjected to and preserving it for our children,” said Ihab Hinnawi, Umniah’s CEO.
“We are proud of our collaboration with the Jordanian Environment Society which has provided us with paper and plastic recycling bins for Umniah’s departments and selling points, and contributed to the success of the first phase of our green initiative,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service