Al Fajer FM to cut environmental footprint by 20%

Al Fajer FM has announced plans to reduce its environmental footprint by 20% by the end of the year

The firm will run a two-month training programme designed to increase efficiency within its workforce.
The firm will run a two-month training programme designed to increase efficiency within its workforce.

Al Fajer Facilities Management (Al Fajer FM) has pledged to reduce its environmental footprint by 20% by the end of 2017.

In 2016, the company implemented several initiatives to reduce water and chemical usage, ensure correct disposal of used chemical containers and paints, and minimise the energy consumed throughout every department within the company.

Al Fajer FM is using the UAE Environment Day (4 February, 2017) to launch a two-month training programme for all its staff to educate them to ‘reduce, recycle, reuse’.

Mohammed Al Beloushi, chief executive officer of Al Fajer FM, said: “Recently we have adopted a technology-based fleet management system across all company vehicles and have a planning team to map all routes of the company’s vehicles.

“Already over the last three months we have reduced fuel consumption by 16% through educating our drivers in better driving, switching off engines and adhering to planned routes, which also means less mileage. By continuing in these efficiencies, our target for 2017 is a 20% reduction in fuel usage, which in turn reduces our carbon emissions – this is part of Al Fajer FM’s contribution to making Dubai’s smog-free goal achievable. Within our operations, we are researching and identifying ways to improve our sustainability and environmental footprint.

“In the cleaning division, we have reduced water consumption in certain areas by up to 80% by switching to an efficient mopping system which kills 98.8% of bacteria without adding cleaning detergents; within our staff accommodation blocks, we have increased efficiencies within the kitchens to reduce fuel consumption by 23%. We have invested money to switch to main gas and establish main sewerage connections which means we are minimising heavy-industry vehicles on the roads visiting our premises," he added.

The month-long training programme – run by the company’s quality, health, safety, environment (QHSE) managers, HR teams, and guest-trainers – will cover environment and sustainable subjects for departments, including ensuring the landscaping teams are using and recommending to clients the best systems and practices for irrigation, mulching, and minimising water loss.

As part of the company’s 2017 sustainability commitment, new technology currently being tested includes a machine that will turn garden waste into compost within 48 hours.

Ongoing throughout the year, there is planned continuous training of employees in the accommodation camp on QHSE standards to upscale the current 3,700 staff on their social impact on the environment, such as how to save electricity by switching off lights and other electronic devices when not in use and making sure that they consciously keep their usage of water to a minimum.

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