Wednesday, June 06, 2007

KLIA gets Green Globe 21 Certification

THE KL International Airport in Sepang had another reason to celebrate World Environment Day yesterday.

For its eco-friendly efforts and corporate social responsibility initiatives, KLIA was again awarded the Green Globe 21 Certification, an achievement garnered three years in a row.

Creative: The Eco Drum Circle putting up a special musical performance using recycled items.
Green Globe is the global benchmarking, certification and improvement system for sustainable travel and tourism, based on Agenda 21 and Principles of Sustainable Development endorsed at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The KLIA theme Airport in the Forest and Forest in the Airport reflects the airport's co-existence with nature and greenery.

Hence, the global certification programme recognises KLIA's commitment to operate at the world's highest environmental standard.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, who received the certificate from AJA EQS Certification Sdn Bhd business development director Jacqueline Francis, said MAHB aimed to lead the way in the aviation world in stimulating an environment-conscious society.

“We are also proud to add that KLIA is the only airport in the world to be certified by Green Globe for our eco-friendly efforts,” he said, adding that the KLIA was first certified in 2004.

Guest of honour Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas also launched the Project Green Planet (PGP), a campaign incorporating environmental-related programmes for the benefit of all.

Among them, the Focus On Your World exhibition at the Main Stage Area on Level 5 held until the end of the month is a worldwide photography project initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme.

It showcases photographs of the planet ranging from unbridled splendour to devastation.

The photo contest Snap Green - Wall of Life requires participants to upload their entries on environmental preservation on the official PGP website

Entries will be displayed at the Snap Green – Wall of Life Exhibit at the KLIA.

The Pledge A Plant campaign is designed to encourage citizens of the world to sponsor or adopt a plant to create a greener Malaysia. Individuals can opt to adopt a plant with a small donation, which will be displayed at the KLIA.

Through interaction and feedback via various communication channels, simple environmental preservation tips including winning ideas will be compiled for the Save Our Planet traveller's guidebook. It will be accessible quarterly online.

The PGP project also collaborates with Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam (Yawa), United Nation Environment Programmes (Unep), Association of Earth, a Japanese non-profit organisation and Canon.

The KLIA commitment to the environment was also outlined in the Seven Wonders of KLIA covering natural environment, waste management, energy efficiency, resource management, noise control, water resources and storm water management.

Towards the end of the programme for the day, the Eco Drum Circle from Yawa comprising youths and children aged between 11 and 20, put up a special musical performance using recycled items.

Source : STAR
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