Earth Hour observed across Qatar
March 29 2020 03:27 AM
Kahramaa marks Earth Hour by switching off
Kahramaa buildings and premises before and after the lights were switched off. PICTURES: Shemeer Rasheed

The Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) yesterday took part in the Earth Hour celebrations by turning off lights at its buildings from 8.30-9.30pm.
Kahramaa was among the various organisations and companies that observed Earth Hour under the slogan ‘Raise your voice for nature’. Kahramaa president Essa bin Hilal al-Kuwari said Earth Hour is being observed in exceptional circumstances this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and the need for people to stay at home.
“I invite everyone to participate in the Earth Hour initiative to show solidarity in facing the climate change and global warming issues by turning off lights and unnecessary electrical appliances for an hour as a symbolic action to raise awareness of the importance of rationalising energy consumption to conserve natural resources and protect the environment,” he said.
He added that participation in this initiative reflects Kahramaa’s commitment towards the country through rationalising consumption, preserving the environment and reducing carbon emissions.
The corporation is keen to annually observe Earth Hour and participate in this global event with the aim of spreading awareness about how to preserve the planet and face the dangers threatening it.
The observance also results in increasing awareness of the importance of energy saving and rationalisation of consumption.

GWC celebrates conservation efforts
GWC, a leading logistics provider in Qatar, has participated in Earth Hour 2020 by turning off lights in different areas at its Logistics Village Qatar, GWC Bu Sulba Warehousing Park, Street 15, Street 41, Ras Laffan, and its main HQ on D-Ring Road, Doha.
The company also invited its employees to participate in the initiative.
The company’s participation in this initiative comes amid its response to the Covid-19 outbreak, for which it has put in place every safety measure to ensure the nation’s health.
By participating in this event, the company exemplified its commitment to its environmental duty while maintaining the well-being of its employees, clients and stakeholders, GCW has said in a statement.
“At GWC, we realise that one hour of turning off lights is not a sustainable environmental plan for any company or individual; yet, it’s a symbol of a larger commitment – that for the rest of the year, we will not spare any effort to save our planet,” said GWC Group CEO Ranjeev Menon.
GWC has a long-standing tradition of environmental initiatives such as reducing waste through paperless operations, as well as reducing, reusing and recycling, through which the company treats as many used materials as possible such as paper, plastics, wood pallets and oil.
Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment.
Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for the planet.

Lights off at Msheireb Downtown Doha
Msheireb Properties, Qatar’s leading sustainable developer, celebrated Earth Hour last night. Lights at Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), the flagship project of Msheireb Properties, were turned off to spread awareness on protecting the environment, preserving natural resources and reducing the consumption of energy. Msheireb Downtown Doha is a symbolic development of environment-friendly and sustainable projects. Pictured is Msheireb Downtown Doha last night.

MME goes dark for Earth Hour
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) buildings went dark yesterday to celebrate Earth Hour by switching off lights for an hour from 8.30pm on the last Saturday of March. The MME’s participation comes with the aim of encouraging the public to be a part of this global initiative in order to reduce carbon emissions and preserve the environment.

Last updated: March 29 2020 03:55 AM

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