8th Annual Environment Excellence Awards Ceremony

8th Annual Environment Excellence Awards Ceremony
Fight against environment de-gradation is among top priorities of Govt-Shazia Marri

Karachi - Sindh Minister for Electric Power, Shazia Marri has said that fight against environment de-gradation is among top priorities of Pakistan Peoples Party and its government which will continue its efforts to aware masses to combat environmental threats.

This she said while addressing as a chief guest to 8th Annual Environment Excellence Awards-2011, organized National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) here at local hotel last night. Chairman Intellectual Property Rights and former Federal Minister Environment. Hameedullah Jan Afridi presided over the event while Senator Rukhsana Zubairi, Chairperson, Pakistan Engineering Council, Dr. Kaiser Waheed, Chairman, M. Naeem Qureshi, President NFEH, Shams-ul-Haq Memon, Consultant, Coastal Development Authority, Sindh and others also addressed the event.

Shazia Marri further said the present government is very much determined on the issues of environment as President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari himself has been Federal Minister for Environment. She agreed to the idea to make part the environment as a part of educational syllabus and said that until the mothers will not educate their children to become a responsible citizen, with regard to keep surroundings/ society neat and clean, the country will not get rid off the environmental problems. She said that it is high time to work for the change of attitudes in every individual to develop Pakistan green and clean and further stressed for the need to protect and nourish the nature which is gifted to our nation by Allah almighty.

Hameedullah Jan Afridi briefed the participants of the event about the measures of the Federal Government taken so far to address environmental issues. He said that at present polythene bags are big source of pollution in the urban areas of country and announced that soon a package in the shape of tax remedies will be given to polythene manufacturers to provide them alternatives of job/earnings

'Identifying climatic change as the major challenge for the Country, has urged the private sector to support the government and counter the associated threats. We expect corporate sector and business to realize their responsibility not out of any fear of penalty but out of sense of responsibility' he added.

Hameedullah Jan Afridi with particular reference to solid waste management and industrial pollution management measures said that massive concessions have been offered to the industries so that they may easily import or procure required gadgets

Senator Rukhsana Zubairi and other speakers were of the opinion that the global temperature has decreased by 0.6 C in past 100 years and such deficit will rise further up to the end of present century by 1.4 to 5.8 C. They said that the Pakistan was also facing problems due to retreat of glaciers, increase in frequency of extreme events being observed since recent years in shape of floods, droughts, cyclones and earthquakes causing catastrophes and economical losses and precious lives and property. They emphasized the need of more investments in renewable energy technologies and by adopting climate changing and mitigating efforts. In this regard the speakers suggested measures to initiate waste and effluent treatment plants, usage of great potential of solar, wind and wave energy resources to address present energy crisis.

Among others Zafar Iqbal Gondal, Chairman EOBI, Khalid Subhani, CEO Engro Fertilizer, Saeed Shafiq President Karachi Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Gulzar Firoz, Zaheer Baig, Qasim Zaheer, CEO Total Lubricants addressed the event and presented suggestions for environmental up-gradation in Pakistan. Later on 69 awards were given away to the personalities of public and private sector on their endeavors for environmental protection awards recipients are;

ICI Pakistan, Packages, Engro Power Gen, Lal Pir Power, NRL, Nestle Pakistan, OGDC, Qarshi Industries, Siddiq Leather Works, Rafhan Maize Products, Siemens Pakistan, Engro Fertilizers, Environmental Management Consultants, Café Student Biryani, Pepsi Cola, PRL, Total Atlas Lubricants, Aga Khan University Hospital, Getz Pharma, Bestway Cement, Presson Descon International, Syngenta Pakistan, GSK, Lucky Cement, Dalda Foods, Attock Cement, IIL, Roots School System, SSGC, KSB Pumps, Sapphire Textile, PICT, Novartis Pharma, Pakistan Cables, National Cleaner Production Centre Foundation, Dawood Hercules Chemical, KAPCO, Tourism Promotion Services Pakistan, M. Muhammad Shafi & Co, PTCL, Dr. Essa’s Laboratory, Crescent Bahuman, DADA Enterprises, Fauji Cement, Master Textile, BHP Petroleum, Abbott Laboratories, Engro Corporation, Dawlance Group, Pak Arab Refinery, United Marine Agencies, Lahore Compost, D.G. Cement, BOC Pakistan, Prime Cables, Procter & Gamble, Pak Suzuki Motor, Interdesign FMC, Landirenzo Pakistan, Descon Engineering, KESC, Prime Liquid, Habib Oil Mills, AVM Chemical, Imtiaz Enterprize, Port Qasim Authority, M.Com Advertising Company and Tuwariqi Steel Mills.

The jury comprises of environment experts including Dr. Sami uz Zaman, CEO Global Environment Lab, Shamsul Haq Memon, Consultants Sindh Coastal Authority, Zaheer Beg, EVP, National Bank of Pakistan and Gulzar Firzo, Chairman Standing Committee on Environment, FPCCI. Dr. Shaikh Kaiser Waheed said the award has been instituted to recognize and promote the organizations which make an outstanding contribution to sustainable development. They aim to highlight policies, practices, processes and products from all sectors of business in the country, which help achieve economic and social development without harming the environment and natural resources. In this year over 148 companies and organization has submitted their nominations