Karachi: Philip Morris Pakistan Limited (PMPKL) an affiliate of Philip Morris International (PMI) continues to be a socially responsible organization through the introduction of sustainability initiatives in the areas that PMPKL operates. These initiatives also cover the primary objectives of Mother Earth Day, celebrated by the United Nations and the international community on April 22nd, 2016.
Such initiative undertaken by PMPKL is the installation of solar panels at its manufacturing facilities in Kotri and Sahiwal as part of PMPKL’s broader sustainability strategy that envisages tackling climate change. The recently installed solar panels have a combined capacity of 458.6 kilowatt peak (kWp) and are capable of CO2 emission reduction by up to 362 tonnes/annum. The recently installed solar panels have a combined capacity of 458.6 kilowatt peak (kWp) and are capable of CO2 emission reduction by up to 362 tonnes/annum.
“Introduction of eco-friendly solar panels at PMPKL’s factories demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and energy saving. In the context of Pakistan, we realise that by utilising viable energy-saving technology and adopting sustainable practices companies like ours can have a very positive impact,” commented PMPKL’s Director Operations Alejandro Okroglic.
The Philip Morris International (PMI) has established ambitious emission reduction targets which included a long-term commitment to a 20 per cent reduction in fossil-fuel related energy and CO2 emissions from our factories by the end of 2015, and a 30 per cent reduction in its carbon footprint across the whole value chain by 2020.
Furthermore, PMI is actively backing reforestation efforts in Pakistan, in areas where wood is used in tobacco production. Under this program, more than one million saplings have been planted in 2015 in District Attock in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This effort was made to promote good agricultural practices and support environmental sustainability.
It is pertinent to mention here that PMI also developed a Global Energy Management Programme (EMP), which consists of more than 20 energy reduction initiatives. These initiatives have led to the implementation of more than 100 global projects (for Energy and CO2 management) since 2010 to decrease energy use and related CO2 emissions in PMIs’ manufacturing facilities worldwide.
In 2014, PMI was awarded an A List Ranking in CDP’s (formerly The Carbon Disclosure Project) Climate Performance Leadership Index in recognition of its efforts to combat climate change.