Dubai-based Tristar Group marked World Environment Day (WED) with a special event on June 5th, involving both internal and external stakeholders, as well as with overseas staff who joined online.
Two speakers shared their knowledge related to this year’s WED campaign, which was #BeatPlasticPollution. Jenson George of Carbon Middle East spoke on the topic ‘Ban Plastic and Then What’ and enlightened participants about producing more sustainable packaging products and avoiding plastic or plastic-related products, while Marina Pugacheva from Quality Indeed Consulting spoke about the ‘Circular Economy’ and explained the importance of recycling plastics and other materials.
Tristar Group CEO Eugene Mayne addressed the audience, highlighting the commitment which the company has shown over the last two decades on issues related to environmental protection. He pledged to avoid single-use plastic and to reuse or recycle plastic that Tristar uses. Since 2019, Tristar has banned the use of plastic water bottles in its facilities following its commitment to support the 2018 WED theme of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. Its Maritime Logistics division has also banned non-reusable plastic materials in its operations.
Last year, Tristar began disclosing its environmental impact through the global non-profit Carbon Discloser Project (CDP) and has partnered with Smart Freight Centre (SFC) for its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction programmes.
“We have been practicing sustainability long before it became today’s imperative,” added Mayne. “Our wide-ranging mitigation measures and mechanisms are monitored, and publicly reported in our annual Sustainability Report.”
All Tristar ocean-going vessels are compliant with the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), and their Carbon Intensity Indicators (CII) adhere to IMO standards. This year, Tristar plans to achieve more efficient management of energy, water, and waste, and introduce biodiesel or alternate sustainable fuels.