Oman gears up for Earth Hour
By staff - Sat Mar 31, 5:47 am
MUSCAT – More than 120 Omani companies and organisations will be participating in the global ‘Earth Hour’ from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday. Over 40 schools, meanwhile, are taking part in ‘Save Energy’ contests to mark the occasion.
This is the second successive year that the sultanate is taking part in the annual worldwide effort to create awareness about global warming and the need for smarter electricity and water conservation.
The number of organisations extending their support is three times more this time.
The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) said many of Oman’s leading companies and organisations had joined sponsors Sohar Aluminium, Towell Engineering, Nationala Bank of Oman, Petroleum Development Oman, Muscat Pharmacy, Omran and Crowne Plaza Hotel in supporting the event.
It added that one of Muscat’s newest and most iconic buildings, the Royal Opera House Muscat, will turn its lights off during the hour and many other companies such as BankMuscat, Carillion Alawi, Shell Oman, Ernst & Young, Omantel, Nawras, Oman Cables, the French Embassy, Ajit Khimji, Oman Air and Radisson Blu will join the sponsors of the event in turning off all non essential lighting and power during Earth Hour.
Children all over the country are also getting actively involved in the initiative with 43 schools taking part in a series of Save Energy Competitions to show their support.
“We have been delighted with the large increase in the number of companies and schools who are backing our campaign this year,” ESO Executive Director Lamees Daar said, adding: “We are very optimistic that the Earth Hour 2012 in Oman will demonstrate a significant increase in saving electricity compared to last year and lay the foundations for long-term awareness about the need to conserve precious electricity and water resources.”
In 2011, the event resulted in saving 20,000 kilowatts of electricity — enough to supply 250 houses for a whole day or the whole district of Al Khuwair in Muscat for one hour. This time, ESO has set a target of 50,000 kw.