Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan called on firms and institutions in Lebanon to implement green projects to better protect the environment.
“It is very important to be green nowadays due to the climate change we are facing, and it is also important that all institutions, public and private, join efforts to establish a green economy,” the minister said.
The minister’s remarks came during the opening of the “Lebanese Green Building Standards” conference at the Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel in Beirut.
The conference was part of the European Union-funded Support Program for Infrastructure Sector Strategies and Alternative Financing (SISSAF).
The minister also underlined the importance of passing a law on green building as soon as possible.
A statement by the organizers said that SISSAF has recognized the importance of adopting green building standards as a first step toward sustainable cities in Lebanon.
It said that SISSAF has initiated a national Green Building Coordination Group that was later on adopted by the Lebanese Standards Institution (LIBNOR). “A Technical Committee ‘NL TC 205 Environmental Performance in Buildings’ was created by LIBNOR in order to issue the Lebanese Green Building Standards,” the statement said.
Representing EU Ambassador Christina Lassen, engineer Cyril Dewaleyne, program manager with the Sustainable Development Section at the European Union Delegation to Lebanon, expressed the satisfaction of the EU Delegation with the EU-funded project establishing a National Green Building Coordination Group and the LIBNOR Technical Committee NL TC 205.
Other speakers also highlighted the importance of adopting green projects across the country.
The Daily Star