Today early morning one of my office colleagues called up to check with me if I was going to be in office for the day. I work on consulting basis with them so I do not go on a daily basis nor on any fixed timings. So whenever there is something urgent to attend I do make it a point to accommodate even last minute requests. They had to fill up a Sustainability survey and for that the team needed my help. Normally my office day starts at 10 but today we had an early start by 8 a.m. in office.
When I reached office they had already started and I joined them. It was a long survey around sustainability. This is a common thing with all the companies in today's time. Everyone is focusing on it. Companies develop strategies for sustainability by setting targets for carbon emission reductions. They need to work on recycling their waste and bio-based materials, save on energy consumption in whatever way they can. Working on sourcing CO2 neutral energy, waste monitoring, waste treatments, water usage, transportation, procurement, everything is monitored.
In a country like Oman it is very difficult to work on these initiatives which the clients from other countries fail to understand. It is possibly the problem with whole of GCC where some of the resources are abundantly available and hence the option of other alternatives to reduce GHG emissions has not yet been implemented on a larger scale in these places. But to think of it, it's the need of the hour even in places where there are abundant resources, because in a matter of few years even these countries may start facing scarcity.
In the GCC countries, usage of electricity is very liberal, in general people are not mindful about the usage because the electricity bills are much cheaper compared to so many other countries. Even the usage of petrol vehicles is very free over here. In India we have diesel and CNG vehicles also but here these options are not there. People are actually living in luxury in these places by paying affordable prices for resources which are highly priced in major parts of the world.
While filling up the survey we realized that there is so much that we can do towards this area. We have been taking some steps within our factory but there is still lot of scope for improvement. Our target for 2024 is going to be around this only. We will be working on reducing our carbon footprint irrespective of whether we are being monitored or not.
Finally by mid-day we finished the survey and also had a good level of learning and understanding on the topic of sustainability.
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