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More than 100,000 people and organisations commit to going paperless on June 3
(31 May 2010)


More than 100,000 people and organisations have committed so far to participate in Paper-Less Day, which is being organised by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) on June 3, 2010.

On Paper-Less Day, all participating organisations and individuals will stop all non-essential printing and copying of paper. This is in order to help raise awareness about the growing problem of excessive paper use and its contribution to global warming and how organisations can become more efficient by using less paper. Following this, EAD will be evaluating the amount of paper saved, in terms of trees saved.

As part of EAD preparations for that day, an orientation meeting was held today (Monday) at EAD’s headquarters at the Mamoura Auditorium. The meeting was attended by the government and non-government organisations committed to participate on that Day.

"Through Paper-Less Day, we want to show that it is possible to reduce carbon emissions without it impacting on an organisation’s performance. We are also helping the government and private sector to reduce their water and energy footprint by reducing their dependence on paper," said Gayatri Raghwa, Specialist in Environmental Education, EAD.

EAD is encouraging individuals and organisations to move from ’raising awareness’ to ’action’ by helping to make a positive change in people’s attitude and behaviour towards paper consumption.

The idea of a Paper-Less Day came about in 2008 when EAD collaborated with ADGAS to commemorate World Environment Day under the theme "CO2: Kick the Habit." Following the success of that day in raising awareness, EAD decided to take things a notch higher and in 2009 managed to have 12 organisations on board for a Paper-Less day. Paper use was reduced and more awareness was generated about this issue within Abu Dhabi Emirate.

This year, EAD aims to make Paper-Less Day a global initiative in the hopes of achieving a higher target in terms of carbon emissions avoided and paper reduced.

Among EAD partners in the Paper-Less Day on June 3, 2010, are BP, Shell, Masdar, Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, ADGAS, Executive Affairs Authority, Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), Abu Dhabi Women’s College, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Statistic Center - Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Distribution Company, KEO International Consultants, Al Dar and Al Fara’a Group. In addition 98 organizations from all over UAE and 18 Academic institutions confirmed their participation on that day.

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