All offices under SingPost will soon be certified by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) as being Eco Post-Offices, if they pass the rigorous audits conducted by independent auditors.
In line with this, SingPost is targeting to reduce its paper and electricity usage by 10 per cent within the next 2 years. This was announced at Monday’s Project: Eco-Office presentation ceremony held at the MND Auditorium, officiated by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister of Manpower and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development.
“The greening of post-offices represents a milestone in the Council’s role of driving sustainable business practices; one that we hope will further cultivate green heart-ware in Singapore. Going green is closely associated with business cents and sensibility- not only is it good for an organisation’s brand, it can generate significant cost savings too. Project: Eco-Office is an initiative driven by habit and practice; we don’t require companies to install new facilities. It’s about cultivating that mindset among people to print double-sided, use recycled paper, or even turn off the tap whilst soaping their coffee mugs,” said Mr Jose Raymond, Executive Director of the SEC.
Some 49 new offices – comprising over 12,000 staff – were recognised as Eco-Offices at the presentation ceremony today, spanning sectors such as retail, education, construction, property and engineering. These include the Housing Development Board, all PAP Town Councils, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Gammon Pte Ltd and SEC (new office premises at Kay Siang Road).
Arup Singapore adopted biodegradable packaging for their in-house lunch time sessions, and monitored the packaging type used for lunch sessions in 2011. A take-up rate of over 70 per cent (of the biodegradable packaging) was observed by end of Mar 2012. An additional 13 offices were re-certified today, including the Media Development Authority and Republic Polytechnic.
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