DP World’s global network of more than 65 marine terminals joined thousands of businesses and millions of people across the globe in reducing resource consumption for Earth Hour, the world’s largest public action for the environment.
It encouraged its 30,000 people worldwide to switch off non-essential lights and unplug non-essential equipment on the terminals, in their offices and at home for one hour during the event which took place this year on Saturday 29 March. It follows the lead of the flagship Jebel Ali Port in Dubai and other DP World, UAE Region Terminals, who joined the campaign from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Dubai time) for the fifth year in a row.
The move follows a series of awareness campaigns held last week with employees with free Earth Hour kits being distributed to participants.
Mohammed Sharaf, Group CEO, DP World, said:“We are proud to participate in Earth Hour, raising awareness of energy conservation and how to operate businesses in the most environmentally friendly way possible. We are committed to operating our business responsibly to ensure sustainability over the long term, and that includes conserving resources and protecting the environment.”
Last year, Jebel Ali Port saved some 2,500 kwh equivalent to 1500 kg of CO2 emissions by replacing the lighting system in its 175 hectare terminals with a custom-designed Green Generation Lighting system. Reducing kilowatt usage by 72% as well as lowering maintenance costs, the project won the “Light Middle East Award” in the “Sustainable Lighting Project of the Year” category held last November in Qatar.