WWF-Pakistan holds a seminar on Environmental protectionLahore, March 29: WWF-Pakistan’s Green Office Initiative in collaboration with the Environment Protection Department (EPD), Government of the Punjab, held a seminar on "Environment of Success - Not Cost but Opportunity" at The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). The objective of the event was to raise environmental awareness and promote Green Office Initiative. The event was attended by Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Provincial Minister for Population Welfare and Environment Protection; Feryal Ali Gauhar, Lead Consultant for Cultural Heritage Management for Daimer-Bhasha Dam; senior officials from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and corporate executives from various sectors. Speaking on the occasion, Zakia Shahnawaz said that compliance with environmental standards is a prerequisite for doing business with the developed world, and therefore, the EPD is educating the business communities to comply with these international standards.
Feryal Ali Gauhar was of the opinion that deforestation in Pakistan is the main driver behind the uptick in the ever-increasing levels of air pollution. She further stressed that environmental issues could be handled with a positive approach and public-private partnerships. LCCI President, Abdul Basit, added that LCCI is taking all possible measures to educate its members about environmental standards in vogue the world over.
WWF- Pakistan's Green Office Initiative is an extension of WWF Finland's Green Office concept which provides working community the opportunity to join hands with WWF's international goal for a better living environment. The Green Office team at WWF-Pakistan guide offices in setting up and developing the Green Office system with Environmental Management System (EMS) and walk them through its implementation
Finland 25th-27th of May 2016: WWF-Finland organized a three-day training workshop for selected Green Office (GO) organizations from Pakistan. The workshop was attended by delegates from 10 countries. It included presentations and group discussions on resource conservation (energy, fuel, paper, and waste), sustainable food, environmental education & communication, marketing and Green Office as a fundraising tool. Field visits to Green Offices in Finland were made to Nasdaq and Ministry of environment to learn the best practices.
Bangladesh 9-13th May 2016: Banglalink, the first international company to implement WWF-Pakistan's Green Office Initiative, launched the programme at their head office in Dhaka Bangladesh, recently. Manager Green Office Initiative conducted an inception workshop for Banglalink's Green Office team and distributed WWF souvenirs. The management and the green team have agreed to work with WWF-Pakistan for a sustainable environment which will eventually help cut down on carbon emissions and mitigate climate change.
Karachi, 3rd & 6th May 2016: WWF-Pakistan conducted inception workshops for new Green teams at ICI Pakistan head office & Urdu 1 office on the 3rd and 6th of May respectively.
Kabirwala, 5th May 2016: Nestlé Pakistan's Kabirwala plant office recently got certified as a WWF Green Office. Their management is committed to a high level of environmental awareness and encouraged their green team to continue their efforts in making Nestlé a green and responsible company.
Sadiqabad, 4 April: WWF-Pakistan re-certified plant offices of Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited Pakistan as Green Offices. Every year surveillance audits are conducted to check a company's compliance against the Green Office criteria. The internal Green Office team was provided a training workshop on hazardous waste management.
22nd March 2016, Lahore: WWF-Pakistan conducted an awareness session on importance of water and its sustainable use at the domestic and industrial level organized by PepsiCo Frito Lay plant lately. This was held in commemoration of the UN World water day celebrated every year on 22nd March. Both plant and office employees participated and showed commitment to work on conserving this resource and motivate others to do the same. Water sustainability is also an integral key performance indicator of their plant operations.
7th-11th March 2016, Karachi: As part of the Green Office employee awareness, interactive training workshops were held at Gatronova, Midas Safety, Unilever Pakistan, Yunus Textile and Shan Foods on Disaster risk reduction, Our choices make our environment, Natural resource conservation through 5Rs and Carbon foot print and sustainable solutions respectively.
9th & 11th March 2016, Karachi: WWF-Pakistan re-certified head offices of Unilever Pakistan and Shan Foods as Green Offices. Every year surveillance audits are conducted to check their compliance against the Green Office criteria.
21st Jan 2016: WWF-Pakistan's team conducted Green Office Audit of Engro Foods Dairy and Ice cream processing plant in Sahiwal and re-certified them.
20th Jan 2016: Green Office conducted an employee awareness workshop for Qarshi's head office employees on Energy Conservation.
15th Jan 2016: WWF Green Office conducted an interactive training session in Packages Lahore on Disaster and Emergency management in offices.
4th and 15th January 2016: Tetra Pak Pakistan production site in Sundar Industrial Estate Lahore and Archroma Textile head office in Karachi got certified as WWF Green offices lately.
WWF Green Office Launch at Hubco:
25th January 2016: Hubco Green Office launch ceremony was held at their Head Office, amid the presence of WWF’s Green Office Coordinators. The event started with a presentation by WWF coordinators followed by a briefing on KPIs and targets by Hubco Green Team. Participants of the event were presented with a Jade plant to symbolize individual participation and support towards Hubco’s vision of a sustainable future.
The event concluded with a pledge signing ceremony whereby all the Hubco employees reaffirmed their commitment to a cleaner and greener environment by leaving a hand-print on the pledge board.
Trainings Organized between October-December 2015:
From October to December 2015, the Green Office carried out employee trainings at 9 of its certified companies: Marketing International Services Limited and Engro Polymers and Chemicals, Port Qasim (Water conservation); Engro Zarkhez (Ecological footprint); Fatima Fertilizers Company Limited (Disaster Risk Reduction); Pak Arab Fertilizers Limited (Waste Management and Disaster Risk Reduction); Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (Disaster Risk Reduction); Engro Foods, Head Office (Ecological footprint); Gul Ahmed Textile Mills (Managing disaster risk in buildings); Philips Pakistan (Solid Waste Management).
Behavioural change to promote resource conservation requires constant monitoring and evaluation of consumption patterns. Through regular trainings certified Green Offices have been able to promote sustainable practices within their employee workforce.
11th Dec 2015: WWF Partnership with Business Dynamics-D2W:
WWF-Pakistan partners with Business Dynamics-D2W to promote biodegradable plastic bags. World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) signed an MoU with Business Dynamics-D2W at its head office recently to raise awareness about threats posed by conventional plastics, engage the public and private sectors to reduce plastic pollution and to promote the use of biodegradable alternatives.
Plastic waste poses a myriad of health and environmental concerns in the urban centres of Pakistan. Only one percent of the additive known as D2W is added to plastics to make them biodegradable. Business Dynamics-D2W, a leading distributor of biodegradable plastics has spearheaded efforts to phase out the use of non-degradable plastic bags at major wholesale and retail outlets in the country. WWF-Pakistan with its wide outreach hopes to convince the corporate sector to address environment sustainability and efforts to promote the use of biodegradable plastics is a step in that direction.
Lahore,10 September 2015: WWF-Pakistan organized its third annual Green Office (GO) Network meeting in Lahore. The theme of the meeting this year was sustainable waste management. ...
Lahore, 17 Aug: WWF-Pakistan participated in Fatima Group's health, safety and environment awareness workshop. An interactive session on water conservation and discouraging the use of plastic bags was successfully conducted. Prizes were distributed to the group presenting the best tips on water conservation and awareness raising in general.
Lahore, 26 June: WWF-Pakistan organized an awareness raising seminar in collaboration with Tetra Pak Pakistan at its Sundar Industrial Estate plant site in Lahore, on June 26. The seminar also included a training workshop on the Green Office Initiative and its role in promoting conservation and sustainability.
Tetra Pak Pakistan is part of the WWF-Pakistan Green Office Network since 2011 which aims to reduce carbon emissions, minimize their impact on the environment and show commitment to environmental sustainability.
The implementation of Green Office helps organizations to cut energy costs, reduce wastage and make better procurement choices. In addition to cost savings they also benefit from a newly motivated and environmentally aware personnel as well as an improved corporate image.
Lahore, 5 June: A capacity building seminar was organized by WWF-Pakistan at the Pepsi-cola International snack plant, Sundar Industrial Estate. Farah Rashid, Programme Officer, Green Office Initiative gave a presentation on water, conservation and sustainability. She also discussed water scarcity issues the country faces and highlighted better practices that can help reduce ecological footprint and contribute towards becoming responsible citizens of society. A brainstorming activity followed where participants engaged in a group discussion and gave solutions to tackle water scarcity to contribute towards conservation of environment on an individual level.
Lahore, 4 June: WWF-Pakistan partnered with Mobilink by organizing a session at their Lahore office, a certified WWF Green Office. The session started with an awareness workshop by WWF-Pakistan's team on natural resource conservation followed by an online Green Office quiz and recycling sculpture competition. WWF-Pakistan also judged the best team based on their creativity, innovation and environmental knowledge.
Sahiwal, Sukkur, Nara, 5 June: Engro Foods celebrated World Environment Day by sending out text messages and emails to all its employees across Pakistan with facts on excessive resource usage and the need to utilize them in a sustainable manner. An awareness session was held followed by a tree plantation activity at Sahiwal, Sukkur and Nara plants.
Lahore, 16 June: Packages is one of the pioneer WWF Green offices and their annual audit was recently carried out to assess compliance. The organization has recently installed a solar panel of 0.325 MW capacity to meet their energy needs and have also shifted to an electrical HVAC system this year, which will help cut energy consumption by more than 20 per cent in the next year. Conventional street lights have also been replaced with induction lamps of less wattage, saving associated cost. The Packages' Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) portal will be launched soon and will contain information on Green Office for all employees.
Lahore, WWF Green office conducted an interactive workshop at Fatima Fertilizer's Head office
May 07, WWF-Pakistan conducted an interactive Green Office Workshop at Fatima Fertilizer's head office in Lahore. The theme was Carbon footprint & sustainable solutions. Individual & group activities were designed to trigger the thinking hats of participants who came up with simple and practical ideas to promote a healthier and safe environment not just in the office but in the domestic space as well. The groups were given WWF goodie bags for best presentation.
Philips Pakistan celebrates Earth Hour
Karachi, 1 April: Philips Pakistan, a WWF Green Office, celebrated Earth Hour by organizing an event at their head office. Nazifa Butt, Coordinator, Environmental Assessment, WWF-Pakistan was also there at the occasion. The theme of this year was "Use Your Power to change Climate change". Asad Jafar, CEO, Philips Pakistan and their team are committed to conserve energy and work towards mitigating the climate change impact on planet Earth through long term collaboration with WWF-Pakistan.
Philips Pakistan gets WWF Green Office certification
Philips Pakistan are actively working to contribute to a sustainable environment through various initiatives. Besides reducing their energy consumption and heading towards a less paper environment, they are connecting with the communities to spread awareness on environmental issues and conservation of natural resources. They organized pledge green and claim your plant activity to inculcate environmental responsibility among their employees.
Engro Corporation and Fertilizers starts car pooling initiative through Tripda
March, Karachi: Engro Corporation and Fertilizers has initiated carpooling in collaboration with Tripda. Tripda provides a platform using social media through trusted travelers to share their daily commutations and take advantage of each other to vehicles moving in the same direction saving their costs along with reducing environmental footprint. An MoU signing ceremony took place in Karachi. Engro Corporation and Fertilizers stands committed to reduce their environmental footprint together with WWF-Pakistan.
Mobilink Pakistan's head office in Islamabad got certified as a WWF-Pakistan Green Office
Islamabad, 26th Feb, 2015: Mobilink Pakistan's head office in Islamabad got certified as a WWF-Pakistan Green Office. It was the first Telco that worked for environmental sustainability with WWF. An employee engagement workshop was also conducted on "carbon footprints and sustainable solutions" which got an overwhelming response from the participants as they are committed to work with WWF-Pakistan.
WWF Green Office conducts an Interactive Workshop
February 2015, Karachi: WWF-Pakistan conducted an interactive “Green Office Workshop” at Engro Fertilizer's Head Office in Karachi. The workshop was attended by employees from Engro Corporation, Fertilizers, Eximp and Zarkhez Plant. The workshop comprised of activities that were unique in a way as it made everyone think on the novel initiatives to reduce their burden on nature. The Engro group brainstormed and came up with simple ideas that can make a small difference not only at the office but at their homes as well. It was followed by an informative video depicting the environmental inventions around the globe and how these can be implemented here. The employees were then divided into groups and tasked to think and advocate an eco-friendly sustainable project. The workshop ended on a small token of appreciation handed over to Mahmood Adil, Qaisar ul Hassan, Hamza Mehmood and Syed Riaz Hussain Shah for coming up with best ideas.
A similar workshop was given to Shan Foods employees at their head office in Karachi. Each of the staff actively participated in the training workshop and were keen to work for environmental sustainability hand in hand with WWF-Pakistan
WWF-Pakistan conducted its second annual network meeting of Green Office (GO)
Islamabad, 15 Nov 2014: The theme for this year's event was sustainable water management. The meeting was attended by the current WWF Green Offices as well as potential corporate entities. Faisal Nadeem, Nestle Pakistan; Mansoor Malik, UN-HABITAT; Ali Hasnain Sayed, Manager Water Stewardship and Policy, WWF-Pakistan; and Shafqat Ullah from Cleaner Production Institute spoke on the occasion about industrial water conservation, urban building design & plumbing, rain water harvesting, water stewardship in Pakistan and industrial pollution reduction and water recycling respectively. The aim of the company was to bring GO certified companies together on one platform and give them an insight into efficient water use in industries and on an individual basis. Awards of achievement were presented to Sukkur IBA for reduction in waste generation by 67 per cent, Engro Powergen Limited for reduction in Energy consumption by 27 per cent and to Unilever Pakistan for saving energy by 10 per cent in 2010-2013 amongst the Green Office Network corporations.
Green Office workshop at WWF-Finland
Helsinki, 15-17 Oct: WWF-Finland organized a three day international training workshop for selected Green Office organizations from Pakistan. The workshop was attended by WWF-Pakistan, WWF-Turkey, WWF-Latvia, WWF-Italy, WWF-Romania, WWF-Caucasus, WWF-Azarbaijan and WWF-China,
The workshop included presentations on resource conservation (energy, fuel, paper, waste) communication, marketing and Green Office tools. Visits were made to a number of Green offices in Finland such as the Microsoft Head office, MSD Pharmaceuticals and Senati Square to learn from their best practices. In turn, best practices were also shared by WWF-Turkey and WWF-Pakistan. From Pakistan, Nida Hussain from Yunus Textiles Limited, Wajid Junejo from Engro Fertilizers and Corporation Limited were selected as Best Green Office Coordinators for year 2013-2014 whereas Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited and Sialkot Dry Port Trust were awarded diplomas for Best employee engagement in 2013-2014.
First Cement Company to go Green with WWF-Pakistan:
Khushab, 30th September, 2014: WWF-Pakistan recently certified Pioneer Cement Limited (PCL) office at Khushab as a "WWF Green Office". It has become the first Cement company to go green with WWF. The company endeavors to conserve energy, water, reuse and recycle waste & paper communication and developed in-house sharing portal for document review. They are fully committed to work towards continual improvement with WWF-Pakistan, and have plans to recycle their industrial process wastes too.
PTCL becomes the second Telecom company to become a Green Office:
Islamabad, 16th September, 2014: WWF-Pakistan recently certified Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) as a "Green Office". It has become the second telecom company to go green with WWF. The company strives to conserve energy, reuse and recycle waste, reduce paper communication and in this context developed e-documentation software for their smooth in-house communication. Their aim is towards continual improvement and are passionate to work with WWF to spread the environmental sustainability initiative to their subsequent offices located across Pakistan.
Haleeb Foods Limited becomes a "Green Office"
Lahore, 2nd September, 2014: Haleeb Foods recently got certified as a WWF Green Office. The company took various environmental initiatives like energy and paper conservation, waste reuse and recycling, along with employee training. They scored above the minimum criteria set for qualifying for the programme and are now eligible to use the Green Office logo.
Lighting Audit by Philips Electrical
Sialkot, May 14, 2014: The MoU with Philips was signed to provide Lighting services to the Green Office Network. Sialkot Dry Port Trust , a certified Green office, got the Lighting survey conducted recently. The admin block and the ware house sheds were inspected and evaluated by the expert along with the WWF-Pakistan representative. A proposal containing the recommended lighting levels and suitable device for each specific area was shared for effective implementation.
Lahore, May 13, 2014: Lighting expert from Philips Electrical Industries Karachi, visited WWF-Pakistan Head office for conducting the lighting survey. The purpose was to assess the current lighting levels of Head office, calculate the lighting load and suggest efficient lighting solutions with less wattage. A pay back plan was also be shared.
WWF Green Office conducted a workshop for Engro Fertilizers
WWF Green Office conducted a workshop for Engro Fertilizers and Corporation and for the Green Office teams of all the Engro Subsidiary Head offices at their Head office in Karachi on the 26th of May 2014.The theme was “Carbon Footprints and Sustainable solutions”. The aim of the workshop was to inspire and encourage the participants to address the issue of Global Warming, through the understanding of carbon emission and its relation to human activities.
PTCL signed up for Green Office Programme
Islamabad, 15 April: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) signed contract with Green Office Programme, WWF-Pakistan. The event was organized at PTCL’s head office in Islamabad. Dr Ejaz Ahmad, Senior Director, WWF-Pakistan; Nazifa Butt, Coordinator Environmental Assessments, WWF-Pakistan; and Ahmad Khan, Marketing Officer Green Office, WWF-Pakistan, were present on the occasion.
WWF-Pakistan signed an MoU with GWMC
Gujranwala, 4 April: WWF-Pakistan signed an MoU with Gujranwala Waste Management Company (GWMC) at DCO office, Gujranwala. In line with its aim of striving for pollution abatement, WWF-Pakistan will deliver solid waste management services to GWMC by arranging and conducting an awareness raising campaign for a week to mobilize the community, academia and the corporate sector. Anwar Naseem, Director Corporate Relations and Operations, WWF-Pakistan; Nazifa Butt, Coordinator Environmental Assessments, WWF-Pakistan; Ahmad Khan, Marketing Officer, Green Office, WWF-Pakistan and Farah Rashid, Programme Officer, Green Office, WWF-Pakistan attended the event.
Mobilink becomes the first telecom company to be certified as Green Office
Lahore, 19 Mar: WWF-Pakistan awarded Green Office certificate to Mobilink on successful completion of the programme. The certificate was presented by Anwar Naseem, Senior Director Operations and Corporate Relations, WWF-Pakistan and Dr Ejaz Ahmad, Senior Director, WWF-Pakistan. Mobilink has reduced its paper consumption by 50 per cent, showing a commitment towards environmental sustainability. Certificates were also presented to Green Warriors of Mobilink who worked hard to get the Green Office environmental management plan implemented.
WWF-Pakistan Green Office Programme presented at Multan Chamber of CommerceMultan, 18 March: The Green Office Programme was presented at the Multan Chamber of Commerce to a number of industrialists from the Multan industry, academia and general public.
WWF-Pakistan Green Office signed an MoU with Philips Electrical
20 Feb: WWF-Pakistan Green Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Philips Electrical, for rendering their lighting audit service. This service will be provided to all existing and new offices and companies that join the Green Office network. The lighting auditor from Philips will calculate the current load and suggest efficient lighting solutions with less wattage, resulting in a decrease in total energy consumption. Areas of improvement can be identified considering the standard lighting levels and companies can easily calculate their return on investment
Green Office conducts workshop
Lahore, 17 Dec: WWF Green Office team conducted a workshop at Mobilink office. The subject of the awareness session was Natural Resource conservation through introducing the concept of 5Rs. This workshop was a part of the Green office employee engagement programme.
Lahore, 20 Jan: A similar awareness workshop was conducted at The Packages Limited office on the 20th of January 2014. The theme was Disaster Management and Emergency Response. Employees from the plant site and administration offices attended and benefited from the interactive session.
Annual green Office Network Meeting 2013
Karachi, 5 Dec: WWF-Pakistan conducted its second Annual Network meeting of Green Office (GO). The theme for this year’s event was Eco-efficient buildings and alternate energy sources. The network meeting was attended by the current Green Network offices as well as potential corporate entities.
The purpose of the meeting was to bring GO certified companies together at one platform and give them an insight into making buildings energy efficient, to improve functionality within the buildings for employees, to unveil smart energy devices and to share the practical implementation and feasibility of alternate energy in offices.
Ali Hassan Habib, Director General, WWF-Pakistan, welcomed the participants, while Nazifa Butt, Coordinator Environmental Assessment, WWF-Pakistan, introduced the Green Office Programme and highlighted its achievements. Naghman Khan, Managing Director, Future energy; Aqrab Ali Rana, CEO, Pakistan Green Building Council (PGBC); and Roland de Souza, Principal Electrical Engineer, Fahim, Nanji and de Souza (Private) Limited spoke on the occasion about alternate energy solutions for a sustainable world, energy efficient buildings and energy efficient devices respectively. Dr Ejaz Ahmad, Senior Director, WWF-Pakistan, closed the event with recommendations on the way forward.
Unilever Pakistan received the Gold Award for maximum reduction in its carbon footprint amongst the Green network corporations. Engro Fertilizer and Corporation was honored with a Silver Award for showing consistent improvement in carbon reduction.
First Academic Institution to Become Green Office/Campus
IBA Institute of Business Administration got certified as a Green Office/Campus on the 24th of May 2013. Sukkur IBA has a set of Institute-wide sustainability principles and is committed to reduce its natural resource consumption, i.e. paper, electricity, water and waste. It was evident during the audit that IBA’s management, along with the Green Office team and students are highly motivated and involved in implementing this initiative. IBA’s director Mr. Nisar Ahmad Siddiqi also had the notion about protecting the environment and conserving the natural resources. We welcome IBA in the Green Office network, becoming a pioneer academic institute in Pakistan!
Green Office Conducts Workshop
WWF Green Office conducted a workshop at Engro Corp and Fertilizers Ltd, Karachi. There were twelve participants from Engro Foods, Polymers and Fertilizers. The aim of the workshop was to provide training on green practices. They calculated their carbon footprint and were shown various videos about how important it is to reduce our resource usage. The participants were divided into groups to make products like pen holders, file covers, table and newspaper doll house from used material. It was an interactive workshop that not only reinforced the idea of green practices but also invoked the spirit of being environmentally sustainable and creative.
Walk for Water by Engro Corporation and Fertilizers Ltd, Karachi, Pakistan.
Under the Green Office Initiative, Engro offices in Karachi organized a Queue on 22nd March, 2011 to celebrate the WORLD WATER DAY (WWD). This year's theme, Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge - is to make people aware of the alarming rate at which people, especially in developing countries, are moving to urban areas.
At the occasion, Mr. Wajid Junejo (focal person of the GOI) motivated the employees by expressing that this is the opportunity for all of us participate in the world’s largest voluntary campaign. He highlighted how some cities are growing the fastest; already have a shortage of fresh water, as the demand for it is outstripping supply. “An added problem is the lack of investment in infrastructure like water pipes and sewage systems, which if not addressed will lead to even bigger issues”.
He said that this is an effort to demand that the politicians keep their promises and step up their efforts to ensure water and sanitation for all people, everywhere as every 15 second a child dies of drinking dirty water. “All of us collectively hold the environment in trust for future generations and all of us must act as responsible guardians”.