Enviromena, a leading clean energy technology developer in the Middle East, has completed the project of installation 6,200 solar panels on the rooftops of Chalhoub Group’s headquarters and its main warehouse in Jebel Ali Free Zone, UAE.
Chalhoub Group is the leading partner for luxury brands in the Middle East, which operates its business with sustainability as an integral component. Enviromena has installed a 2,150kWp solar system, which is set to cut 1,750 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year and marks a major step in Chalhoub Group’s transition to renewable energy.
To celebrate this milestone, Chalhoub Group and Enviromena participated in a Solar Panel Launch event at Chalhoub Group's offices. The aim of the discussion was to share sustainable engagement strategies and to celebrate the completion of the solar panel project which was executed in partnership with Enviromena. Enviromena provided a high-quality product with a full scope of services provided to the highest standards.
Florence Bulte, Head of Sustainable Engagement at Chalhoub Group commented: “Protecting the environment is a key pillar of our sustainability strategy; we are committed to reduce our carbon footprint across our operations and involve our people in our environmental programs. We are measuring, monitoring and controlling our natural resources consumption to progress towards our 2020 commitments. Shifting to renewable energy offers us an opportunity to further decrease our environmental impact and build the way to a more sustainable future.”
Matthew Wells, Chief Legal and Commercial Officer at Enviromena said: “We are delighted to partner with Chalhoub Group to play our part in supporting our customer to pursue its sustainability mission. Chalhoub Group have a comprehensive sustainability policy and is setting the standard in the luxury retail sector in the region. Enviromena’s solar system uses the latest technology to ensure highly efficient electricity generation and we closely monitor our systems to ensure maximum system availability. The electricity forecasted to be generated from Enviromena’s system will be covering up to 30% of Chalhoub Group’s total electricity needs.”
Chalhoub Group has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact since 2014. Patrick Chalhoub, CEO of the Chalhoub Group commented: “As a member of the United Nations Global Compact, we are committed to ensure that the four sustainability pillars - People, Partners, Planet and Impact- are embedded into the core of our business as they provide a robust framework for strong performance and give a clear vision for the future. We continue to take actions to reduce our ecological footprint and installing solar panels is in line with our mission to shift to renewable energy and enhance our overall environmental impact.”
Following the completion of the solar project by Enviromena, Chalhoub Group now aims to install this technology in other locations in the UAE by 2020.
Enviromena has one of the largest footprints of clean energy projects in the MENA region, where solar represents a $20 billion industry. The company has installed more than 17,000 solar systems, and currently has in excess of about 400 MWp under management. Additionally, Enviromena currently has over 500MWp under construction with a further 300MWp in development.