We are highly committed in ensuring the conservation of natural resources thus reducing and minimizing the usage of paper and define segregation methods for it to be recycled, minimize the use of water, electricity and fuel. The conservation methods and guidance for all the above natural elements are clearly defined in our Resource Conservation Procedure which is briefly outlined below.
Segregation of Used Paper
Separate papers according to the following categories:
- Confidential documents – documents that are considered to be confidential should be shredded. It should be put in a suitable bag (plastic, garbage) for recycling or re-used as packaging material, where permitted by management.
- Re-usable papers (scrap paper or papers where one side is not used) shall be separated and re-used for other purposes such as making copies of memos, checklists, rough paper, printing leave, etc.
- Colored papers/Fax papers – colored papers like magazines or journals as well as fax papers are separated from the white ones and kept in a suitable bag (plastic, garbage) for disposal.
Establish a “think before you copy” attitude. Employees are encouraged to make sure they really need the copies they are making and not to make excess copies. Use notice/bulletin boards for announcements instead of circulating memos to all staff. Where possible, use electronic mail (e-mail) to send memos, messages and/or documents. Inform employees to check their work/get someone to review the soft copy document before printing to avoid re-printing if there are any mistakes. Use the spelling and grammar tool to check and correct mistakes.
Water Conservation Program
All staff shall cooperate and ensure that they conserve water by one or more of the following methods:
- Water is to be used sparingly and used when needed only. Turn off tap when applying soap/lathering.
- Tap shall be fully turned off after each use.
- Cold water shall be used whenever possible, unless sanitary or other special requirements requires the use of hot water.
- Low flow toilets and tap shall be installed whenever possible.
- Install dual flushing system (half and full), where practical.
- Adjust water closet water level.
- Install sensor or press type tap, where practical.
- Monitor water bill to check if there is a sudden spike in usage as it may be due to a burst pipe.
- Know where your master shut-off valve is located as it would help save water when a pipe bursts.
Electricity Conservation Program
All staff shall cooperate in ensuring that electricity conservation activities are carried out and that the objective is achieved by one or more of the following methods:
- Switch off lights, computers, air-conditioning system when not in use.
- Set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode instead of using a screen saver so it uses less electricity during periods of inactivity.
- Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use. (Many chargers draw power continuously, even when the device is not plugged into the charger).
- Seal air leaks.
- Use energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights.
- Use energy efficient lighting.
- Close your exterior doors and windows tightly when the AC is on.
All staff shall cooperate in ensuring that fuel conservation activities are carried out and that the objective is achieved by one or more of the following methods:
- When purchasing a new company vehicle, consider diesel over petrol when buying a new car. If petrol only option, consider a hybrid.
- Drive within speed limits.
- Do not leave the vehicle engine on when idling.
- Do not accelerate when the vehicle is static.
- Carry out vehicle preventive maintenance.
- Use the shortest and safest route to your destination.
- Use a highway whenever possible.
- Car-pool when possible.
- Use public transportation when possible.
- Reduce unnecessary business travel. Consider methods such as virtual meetings with colleagues, clients, suppliers and others.
- Consider remote/virtual work options for colleagues and associates.