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your term in office? One of the main objectives is resolving Gibraltar’s power generation. Until last year, Gibraltar had stayed firmly in the penultimate decade of the 20th century from this perspective. I’d like to see — and I am confident that I will see — a cleaner power station and increasing contribution from alternative, nonpolluting energy sources. That, together with proper, modern treatment of waste and sewage is one of the three things that I would like to see sorted out once and for all. I can’t believe that we tumbled into the second decade of the 21st century with these things still being an issue. The people want this. Our community is well educated and wants to play its part. Look at the overwhelmingly positive response to the increased recycling opportunities we’ve provided. It isn’t a question of the Government leading or the people pushing, though. It’s a question of us moving along together as a community. Actually, this is bigger than politics. What measures would you to like to see in Gibraltar’s long term future?

Gibraltar must aim to take a leading role in the region. Its people, its sense of community and its resilience are among its biggest assets. We must learn to work together, rationalise our potential, and become an example, not just from an environmental perspective, but also from educational and economic ones. There are things that we will never be able to do, because of our size, like host an Olympic Games, for example. But there are many other things that we can do. Some of them we haven’t even thought of! The challenge is to identify these and go for it. What do you see as the benefits to Gibraltar of becoming greener? Better health, greater quality of life, international prestige, better economic status, and increased feel-good factor. What more can we want? n

Gibraltar can play its part in global environmental issues

Is your company green enough? Environmentally friendly credentials are influencing business outsourcing decisions. People feel good about positive environmental behaviour, and people drive business decisions. Consumer and investor calls for green corporate accountability and the creation of new government regulations in favour of protecting the environment have pushed green issues onto the boardroom agenda and onto outsourcing vendors’ growing plate of priorities. We spoke to Martin Forde who represents DHL locally about its green policy and how it is driving change within this global enterprise. “The primary focus of our environmental protection programme GoGreen is to minimise our global business operations’

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greatest impact on the environment — CO2 emissions,” he explains. “This said, we are also aware of the many other ways our business activities affect the environment,” Martin acknowledges. “And this is something we are looking to reduce locally through recycling and procurement decisions.” Ensuring the sustainability of the company by fundamentally changing the way it does business, helps reduce dependency on fossil fuels and improve efficiency thereby also reducing costs. “It really is a win-win philosophy and by doing this we also help our customers achieve their own environmental goals,” he emphasises. DHL measures and reports on its environmental impacts, focusing primarily on its own carbon emissions and those of subcontracted carriers. “DHL is committed to improving the carbon efficiency of its own operations and those of our transportation subcontractors by 30% compared to our 2007 levels by the year 2020,” Martin states. Since DHL’s CO2 efficiency target also includes the CO2 emissions of subcontractors, it has been essential for the company to gain transparency over the CO2 efficiency of transport partners. Important initiatives are e.g. aireg e.V. and Green Freight Europe. “In 2011, DHL delivered some 1,86 million CO2 neutral shipments for our customers. Together with CO2 neutral logistics services, the total amount of offset carbon exceeded 134,000 tonnes. We in Gibraltar are proud of being a part of that process.” n

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The Gibraltar Magazine - May 2013  

Gibraltar's fabulous business and leisure magazine. Crammed full of great features from finance to football, from fashion to arts. Enjoy i...

The Gibraltar Magazine - May 2013  

Gibraltar's fabulous business and leisure magazine. Crammed full of great features from finance to football, from fashion to arts. Enjoy i...