Dubai Chamber encourages UAE to switch off
Organisation urges UAE firms to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is encouraging the business community to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday, 31st March, for the fifth consecutive year.
It is predicted that this year more than a billion people and thousands of organisations in over 128 countries will shut off their lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
The global climate change initiative, is lead by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and is supported by multinationals companies, private and public sectors and individuals in Dubai who are committed to reducing global warming and raise awareness about the importance of saving energy and protecting the planet.
The initiative brings communities together to participate in environment-protection activities and to give something back to the community that they are part of.
The Dubai Chamber is participating in Earth Hour by switching off air-conditioning and all non-essential lighting at its head office on Saturday, 31st March from 8.30 to 9.30pm. It is also promoting Earth Hour activities, encouraging staff to save energy and protect the environment each and every day while encouraging participation among the business community and others to benefit their organisations and the environment by saving energy.
"Dubai Chamber's support to the Earth Hour initiative comes in line with its corporate social responsibility and best business practices approach which will inspire the business community to contribute to the health of the society and also to protect the environment that they operate in. We are participating for the fifth year in a row due to the campaign's importance in conserving energy while promoting sustainability and responsible business practices which make our communities a better place to live and work in," said Rami Halawani, director, Marketing and Corporate Communication, Dubai Chamber.
Halawani added that Dubai Chamber has registered substantial annual savings in energy and water conservation, which has helped the organisation reduce its carbon footprint. These energy saving measures have allowed Dubai Chamber to reduce the energy consumption at its head office by 47%, saving around AED5.5 million at no additional expense over a decade, he said.
Both HSBC and Nokia Siemens Networks have pledged their support globally for Earth Hour.