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A press conference was held this morning at the Lebanese Ministry of Environment, under the direction of HE Mohamed Rahal, regarding "The Survey of Unipak Tissue Mill’s Environmental Impact".
Transcripts of the speeches appear below for:
Neemat Frem, President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI)
Roger Tanios, Representative of Unipak Tissue Mill
PRESS CONFERENCE STATEMENT
President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI)
I salute Unipak Tissue Mill for taking the initiative to launch this partnership with the Ministry of Environment. It is, indeed, an honorific starting point for the servicing of both the Lebanese industry and the Lebanese environment.
As president of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, I have previously warmly welcomed “The Assessment of Industrial Companies’ Environmental Impact” project and have collaborated with HE Minister Rahal to launch the respective workshop. I take the opportunity to appeal to my fellow industrialists to seize this present initiative: a great step, indeed, in a long journey that will be of great benefit to both our national environment and industry.
Local exportation percentages registered by the industry during 2010 have also decreased in the first quarter of 2011.
It is very important to understand that the absence of investment in infrastructure and the lack of public treatment stations have led to untreated public sewage in our cities and villages.
In contrast, the majority of industrialists are opting for the pre-treatment and processing of sewage.
PRESS CONFERENCE STATEMENT
Representative, Unipak Tissue Mill
First, because we strongly believe that our environmental and social mission is an integral part of our essence as human beings. And, second, because we are committed to our solid philosophy dating back to the early 1960s: “What is good for the community is good for the company”.
First: Power Generators
Modernizing the electricity generation station by installing 3 high-tech generators in the year 2008; these generators are with reduced emissions and noise; their total cost amounted to approximately $8,300,000 (8 million and 300,000) US dollars.
Changing a complete heat recovery boiler in March 2004, in order to be able to achieve a thermal combustion compliant to the environmental regulations.
Third: Improvement of the Heat Recovery Boiler
The equipping of the heat recovery boiler was completed in November 2010. The technique allows the use of temperature to heat water, reduce pressure on the boiler, and use fuel. The cost amounted to $900,000 US dollars.
Fourth: Improving Effluent Water Treatment
Investment: $200,000 USD
In February 2008, our companies were equipped with an effluent water treatment plant. In fact, basins treat water with high efficiency and allow its reuse in manufacturing. The cost amounted to $200,000 US dollars.
In September 2009, our companies have been equipped with a third cell, the Flotation Cell, in order to increase the treatment’s efficiency.
Fifth: Heavy Metal Disposal
Special containers have been installed to protect the treatment basins from any heavy metals residues. These are transported later in special trucks outside the company.
Sixth: COD and BOD Monitoring
This technique, which we have recently updated, dates back to November 2003, and is used to reduce and control oxygen and biological component residues. We have the highest ratings in that field.
Seventh: Fuel Oil Processing
- Shortens the service life of generators
- Breaks generators down resulting in high maintenance costs
- Causes an inappropriate combustion that leads to pollution
Consequently, we have decided to launch this environmental impact survey and implement the entailed recommendations, as an extension of the environmental journey we have started long ago and in order to develop an eco-friendly industry with a better exportation strategy.