KARACHI: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the country’s largest and only integrated telecom service provider, commemorated the World Environment Day (WED) 2012 on June 5 by reaffirming its commitment to align organisational efforts with environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, a statement said on Monday.
PTCL is leading from the front on the initiatives for social and environmental welfare in an effort to meet international corporate social responsibility and sustainability standards. As part of the WED 2012’s theme “Green Economy: Does it include YOU?”, PTCL creatively engaged its employees with the message, “Every drop is precious. Treat water with respect,” it said.
In the recent past, PTCL has made significant efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. By encouraging a paperless work environment, the telecom giant is aiming to reduce the adverse effect of greenhouse gases on the planet, the statement said.
PTCL is one of the few companies in Pakistan to switch from using simple paint to LED-free paint, thus, making its buildings environment-friendly. Furthermore, the company has installed solar panels at its headquarters, which are powering its outdoor lighting through solar energy.
PTCL is also replacing its normal light bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights and energy-savers, it said.
The company is continuously striving for a greener Pakistan. Recently, it planted 300 tree saplings in its headquarter grounds, as well as residential colonies spread across Islamabad, the statement further said.
PTCL is steadfastly using recycled material for its products. The company also recently launched a clean drinking water project, installing 41 filtration plants for the community welfare.
Last year, the National Forum for Environment and Health recognised PTCL’s continued efforts for sustainable environment by awarding it the prestigious “National Environmental Excellence Award 2011”, it said.
The United Nations has designated June 5 as “World Environment Day”, commemorated annually to increase global awareness about environmental hazards and to strive for a greener tomorrow.