Ahmad Tea is deeply committed to reducing the impact of our business on the planet. We take very seriously our responsibility to make our business activities environmentally friendly in every way possible. This is achieved through a number of initiatives.
We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by cutting CO2 emissions by 5%, and reducing our reliance on plastics by testing other materials as viable alternatives in the years ahead. It’s just the beginning of the journey and we are constantly evolving.
Support for The Ellen MacArthur Foundation through examining our long term impact of production materials.
Responsible waste management processing and recycling improvements to increase material efficiency.
Awareness training empowering our staff to understand how we can all create a positive impact.
Broad process review enabling reductions in use of water, air freight and paper, as well as our commuting footprint.
Widescale lighting upgrades including LED usage and automatic lighting systems.
Harnessing the use of solar energy with panels and solar thermal systems.
Improvements in insulation through infrastructural upgrades and automatic temperature control systems.
A FACTORY THAT PUTS THE EARTH FIRST
Throughout 2019, our tea production hub in the UAE has continued to set new sustainability standards for our industry.
It was designed and built from the outset to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
The results have been phenomenal. In 2019 alone, we have eliminated CO2 emissions totalling 836,158kg.
our tea production hub
Solar panels power the production lines.
Aircosaver intelligent air conditioning improves energy efficiency, preventing overcooling and saving power.
The Combo roof system provides four layers of waterproofing and thermal insulation.
Special glass prevents heat loss, minimises heat transfer and reduces the need for air conditioning.
Intelligent lighting uses network-based communications to optimise performance.
Solar thermal systems convert sunlight into low-cost water heating solutions.
Exterior insulation boosts heat retention around the whole facility.
OUR CARBON COMMITMENT FOR THE YEAR AHEAD
Our UAE production hub is a major environmental success, yet it is only a part of the big picture: to reduce the overall carbon footprint of Ahmad Tea – starting with a 5% cut in CO2 emissions, from 2019. Key components of the plan:
Reduce overall energy used (in kwh/ton of blended tea) by an average of 2.5% per year
Fuel 18% of our overall energy Requirement with renewable electricity
Replace all R22 refrigerant with the more environmentally friendly R410a
Energy efficiency & ethical production
REDUCING OUR RELIANCE ON PLASTICS
We are continuing to make progress in the areas of energy efficiency and ethical production. But there is always room for improvement – and one important area concerns reducing our reliance on plastic. So far this year, we have reduced our plastic usage by 2,858kg – and that is just the beginning.