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Engie Cofely introduces key sustainable initiatives

Engie Cofely, an international leader in providing zero-carbon energy and innovative integrated facilities management solutions, continues its road to increased sustainability by introducing recycled staff uniforms and business cards, electric/low carbon emission vehicles, and completely banning single-use plastic from its offices.

The company, which recently re-branded from Cofely-Besix Facility Management to Engie Cofely, introduced a new range of uniforms made entirely from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Engie aspires to become the world leader in the zero-carbon transition. Worldwide, internal practices are fully aligned with this ambition, while Engie promotes an internal culture of sustainability and active carbon footprint reduction in all its’ practices, said a top official.  

"A total of 42 plastic PET bottles are used to make one uniform, and to date we have produced 4,200 recycled uniforms for our staff," remarked Bart Holsters, UAE General Manager of Engie Cofely.

"This equates to 176,400 bottles that have been successfully diverted from landfills, and 28,32876 ounces of carbon saved," stated Holsters.  

“We have also collected all the old uniforms which have also been recycled for a good cause as per our CSR initiatives,” he added.

Along with a host of paper recycling and digitalisation initiatives to decrease paper usage within the company, Engie Cofely has also introduced business cards made from recycled paper for all its’ staff. Approximately 40,000 cards are printed per year, which equates to roughly 1 ton of paper or 24 trees per year.

Holsters pointed out that Engie Cofely has taken a vow to reduce single-use plastic packaging, as well as encouraging recycling amongst their approved suppliers.

"We have already adopted a ‘no single-use plastic water bottles or cutlery/cups’ philosophy, and we also recently partnered with Liquid of Life to install water filters in the pantry to avoid using plastic water dispensers. In fact, we calculated that we will divert approximately 6,000kgs of plastic from landfills over 10 years," he added.

Engie Cofely Middle East is an international leader in providing low-carbon energy and innovative integrated facilities management solutions in various sectors such as transport, retail, commercial, infrastructure, industrial, residential, educational and healthcare.

It is currently reviewing the process of transitioning all company vehicles to electric/low carbon emission vehicles to support the group’s strategic ambition to be a leader in the transition to low-carbon transportation, helping to reduce pollution and improve air quality across the country.-TradeArabia News Service