Gulf Contracting Co. Combats Carbon Emissions

30-September-2012

Gulf Contracting Co. Combats Carbon Emissions

Over the last thirty years, carbon emissions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have doubled with citizens in the Gulf States producing up to 10 times the amount of CO2 as the average global citizen.

The region may contribute a large fraction of the world's oil but through their own energy consumption produce only 6.4% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and cement. Awareness, of the dangers of climate change may be on the increase in the Middle East but action to bring down the amount of C02 that is warming the planet sadly isn’t.

The per capita footprint looks at the carbon emissions of the country in relation to its population. As such, the rich Gulf States who emit a lot of carbon and yet have only small populations have high carbon footprints in relation to the rest of the world. In fact, the average citizen in Gulf nations produces two to ten times the carbon as the average global citizen.

According to the World Wildlife Fund’s latest report, Qatar still has the world’s largest carbon footprint. Qatar produces 55.4 tonnes of carbon per person. It is reported that high emissions in the oil and gas-rich states are down to the inefficient use of resources which is aggravated by energy subsidies. With oil and gas resources plentiful and cheap, there is no financial incentive to use less energy.
A continual plan, program, and actions needs to be implemented to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and thereby minimize our carbon footprint.

What is a Carbon Footprint?

A carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organisation, event or product, and is expressed as a carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). An organizational carbon footprint measures the GHG emissions from all the activities across the organization, including energy used in the buildings, industrial processes and company vehicles.

Why calculate an organizational carbon footprint?

Quantifying GHG emissions will help us understand what our key emission sources are, how our organization contributes to global emissions. It helps to manage our GHG emissions and make reductions over time. This will help us identify and prioritize areas for reducing emissions, which will often result in cost savings as well.

We can then develop a carbon reduction plan, identifying ways to reduce our carbon footprint and limit emissions from future activities – and then measure what progress we have made.

What does Carbon Emission reduction mean to Gulf Contracting Co.?

As a business unit we contribute towards carbon emissions. GCC realizes the effects of global warming, pollution, and misuse of natural resources. We understand that action is needed to change the way we live and work to address climate change, protect our environment and invest in our future. Our policy highlights our commitment towards sustainability and protecting the built environment. Being an environmental responsible organization we have established a strategy on reducing our carbon emissions.

What are the benefits of Carbon Foot printing for GCC in context with Qatar?

Credible carbon reduction strategies are fast becoming an essential component of business success. Qatar Construction standards 2010 and GSAS (Global Sustainability Assessment System) are in place where all construction shall comply with the sustainable construction standards. These constructions scales are focused to reduce Qatar’s carbon footprint as well. There are long term benefits in areas like:-
 
Environment
8 Reduce carbon emissions and carbon footprint.
8 Using sound science responsibly.
8 Living within the environment limits, socially responsible.
8 Natural Resources Protection and Environment Enhancement.
8 Energy Savings.
8 Ensuring a Strong, Healthy and Just Society.
 
Business
8 Financial savings and an investment for the future.
8 Alliance with our sustainable development policy.
8 Strong market position among our peers.
8 Revenue Growth, Increased Market Share and Improved Corporate Reputation.
8 Ethos.

How we started:-

CIOB – Chartered Institute of Buildings, U.K developed an action plan (Carbon Action 2050) designed to inform those working and operating within the built environment on how to reduce carbon emissions. Some of our staff who are members of CIOB were motivated from this program and this eventually contributed a new initiative within our company.
 
8 We formed a working party (Carbon Action Group) representing different departments/divisions.
8 Identified critical areas in our business which contributes to carbon emissions (eg: - Diesel, Petrol, LPG, Electricity, Refrigerants, Potable Water, Sewage Water, Business Air Miles).
8 Identified the organizational boundaries to be considered in this context.
8 Collect and combine the data required for Carbon footprint assessment.
8 Applied emission factors abstracted from Carbon Trust (UK based Organization for Carbon Measurement guideline and conversion factors).
8 Recorded carbon emissions results for Business year 2010, 2011 and quarterly results for 2012.

GCC implemented the following programs to reduce our carbon footprint:-
 
8 Bionest solutions (Grey water recycling).
8 Water Conservation Engineering controls installed in camps.
8 IVMS installation for company transport.
8 Scheduled Pro-active maintenance of transport vehicles and construction equipments.
8 Project based objectives, targets and programs on construction waste minimization.
8 Practice of reuse, reduce and recycle of construction resources.
8 Recruitments via video conferencing and contract with consultant in India for recruitment.
8 Awareness programs and campaigns on various environment topics.

What did we achieve?

Business Year – 2010
Carbon Emission Per Person – 14.30 TCO2e/Person
Carbon Emission on Turnover – 90.96 TCO2e/Million Riyal
Total Carbon Footprint - 124,428.88 TCO2e

Business Year – 2011
Carbon Emission Per Person – 12.74 TCO2e/Person
Carbon Emission on Turnover – 88.12 TCO2e/Million Riyal
Total Carbon Footprint - 112,351.89 TCO2e
Reduction from previous year – 9.7%

What are our future goals?

A 15% target in carbon emission reduction has been established for 2012
(ie 95,499.11 TCO2e).

We are proud to say that we are the pioneers in measuring carbon footprint amongst the construction companies in Qatar.

Gulf Contracting Co. (WLL)
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