Promasidor Nigeria has stated that maintaining a healthy environment for its business and the people in its locality is of utmost priority.
The Head Legal and Public Relations, Promasidor Nigeria, Mr. Andrew Enahoro, made this assertion during an interview in Lagos where he stated that Promasidor has been keeping to regulations on healthy environment, and that it is very essential for businesses to adhere to environmental laws in order to thrive and also for the benefit of people living within that locality.
Enahoro stated that in order to achieve a healthy environment that is free from pollution, there is need for collaboration between organisations and government on ways of making the society safe for living despite the threat of global warming.
He said Promasidor’s efforts in keeping its environment free from pollution and other health hazards has endeared the company to its host community in Isolo where it operates.
This was as a result of the giant strides it made to ensure compliance with the state environmental regulations and standards, thereby contributing to carbon reduction in the environment through mitigated measures against global warming and climate change.
Also, the Managing Director of the company, Mr Olivier Thiry, explained that the food company will not relent in adhering to environmental regulations as stipulated by government at federal and state levels.
He stated that in pursuit of a greener environment, the company has before now, installed equipments that are eco-friendly in its premises and this has eliminated health risk to people in its locality.
It has put in place facility on solar energy which generates electricity from sunlight and can be fed into the main electricity supply of the organisation. This has greatly helped the organisation in reducing noise level from the use of generating sets which are used to complement the epileptic power supply in the country.
This is in line with what is widely practised in other developed economies, where private organisations are meant to generate some percentage of the required power for the production and delivery of their products and services.
This does not produce any pollutant and is one of the cleanest sources of energy. In comparison, solar energy promotes the essence of keeping the environment green in compliance with regulations from government.
Other efforts of the company in compliance with healthy environment include the change from diesel powered to gas powered forklift machines; improved waste management plan through waste sorting. Others are the use of wind powered extractor fans; conversion from conventional to eco-friendly air-conditioners and the conversion of water to air vapour, a chemical process that removes heat energy from the air.
He said trees help settle out and trap dust, pollen and smoke from the air. The dust level in the air can be as much as 75 percent lower on the sheltered side of the tree compared to the windward side.
According to him, the evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of 10 room size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day; can improve the efficiency of your heat pump by shading it with a tree; and can shade hard surface areas such as driveways, patios, building and sidewalks thus minimising landscape heat load.
He stated that tree planting exercise fostered by Promasidor has preserved the environment to a large extent as the evergreen trees can be used to reduce wind speed and thus loss of heat from homes in the dry season by as much as 10 to 50 percent; can reduce soil temperature and soil moisture loss; can store pounds of carbon each year; help settle out and trap dust, pollen and smoke from the air; absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen.
They can help reduce surface water runoff from storms, thus decreasing soil erosion and the accumulation of sediments in streams. They increase ground water recharge and reduce the number of potentially harmful chemicals transported to our streams .