Are environmental credentials becoming business essentials?

COO Phil Showering suggests that today environmental factors are becoming important elements in business decisions and direction.

Much has been written over the past decade about environmental credentials in companies. Previously such qualifications were ‘nice to have’, sometimes impractical to apply and generally overpriced alternatives for travel, power generation or energy conservation. But the fact was that they simply didn’t work as efficiently as current technology. Now everything has changed. Environmental conservation and how to use limited resources is on everyone’s agenda.

What has prompted this change? The analysts and accountants have grasped that recycling – whether it is water, cooking oil or hot air – can reduce operating costs and deliver a significant business advantage. All progressive companies now have environmental policies that any supplier or partner must adhere to. Some companies have a genuine commitment to sustainability and most recognize that environmental awareness will drive down costs over the long term.

Let’s take the design of new buildings as an example. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a design standard that is now specified in many of the Middle East’s development areas. A prime example is Dubai World Central. The LEED Gold Standard ensures that the building is thermal-efficient, minimizing the power used for air-conditioning. The cooling system recycles the air and recirculates cooled water. All this lowers the total costs of building and operating a facility.

Mohebi Logistics is embracing the LEED Gold Standard. All facilities at the new DWC headquarters will be fully LEED Gold compliant. We’ve been working closely with energy companies to investigate ways of reducing energy consumption. Even using insulating paint on the roofs is a contributor. A sister company, Mohebi Martin Brower Logistics, is converting cooking oil into biodiesel fuel.

As technology continues to develop, it is clear that environmental credentials are taking centre stage and becoming business essentials.