World Environment Day 2017: Shaping a sustainable future

World Environment Day, held on 5 June each year, is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is celebrated in 100 countries.

We wholeheartedly embrace World Environment Day, and our philosophy of caring for the planet extends throughout the year, across our operations and along our supply chains. In this blog, TANA Netting, developer and manufacturer of the WHOPES-recommended DawaPlus® 2.0 long-lasting insecticidal nets, provides a snapshot of the efforts it makes to protect our planet.

Efficiency saves lives

Here at TANA Netting, we understand that we operate in a field where maximum productivity equates to maximum lives protected. In 2015 an estimated 438,000 people lost their lives to malaria, and today half the world’s population remains at risk. In the absence of an effective vaccine, the need to prevent malaria transmission using long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) remains as great as ever. So the incentive to operate with maximum efficiency and minimal waste could not be greater.

TANA Netting World Environment Day 2017: Shaping a sustainable future

Optimising resources builds competitive edge

Optimising the use of our resources also makes clear business sense and it gives us a competitive edge. Reducing our energy consumption, water usage and waste produces savings that positively impact our bottom line and cost nothing in the long-term. This is more necessary than ever in a sector where ‘competitiveness’ includes the ability to achieve economies of scale. In a high-volume, low-margin sector, savings realised through a responsible use of resources – and their associated benefit – can make the difference between market leadership and obsolescence.

Embracing the Global Reporting Initiative

We know that the achievement of Agenda 2030 will require companies to act with an environmental consciousness and we fully intend to play our part. As part of this commitment, we have embraced the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). By using the GRI indicators, we can define our priorities with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals, and ensure the long-term economic, environmental and social sustainability of our operations.  Our first report has just been published.

Minimising our ecological footprint

Given that this marks the first time we have measured our emissions, we are encouraged to see that our greenhouse gas emissions intensity has reduced year on year for nitrous oxide – especially as our production is rising. Reductions in our direct energy inputs underpinned this achievement and we aim to continue this trend in the coming year. The same applies to our polyester waste, which has fallen considerably since the 2014-15 financial year.

In spite of these gains, we are a transparent company and recognise that we have much work to do in improving our resource footprint. Our energy mix is made up exclusively of non-renewable inputs and, while our local context must be taken into account, we know that we must improve. We therefore aim to conduct a feasibility study for the use of biogas in the near future and will explore cleaner coal types for our heating requirements as part of our long-term transition.

We will also urgently study how to reduce both our direct and indirect emissions, particularly for carbon dioxide and methane, and also aim to include more sources of emissions in our calculations next year, such as business travel. In this way all our stakeholders can have a more comprehensive picture of our GHG emissions.

It should be noted that we have reduced energy consumption from source to final product by 60% since 2014, though these gains were made due to process redesigns upstream. While proud of this achievement, we will nevertheless study how to make our energy use more efficient in Pakistan, in order to reduce our energy intensity statistics.

To learn more about our environmental performance, and to get more details on our economic and social performance, please access our GRI report here.