Times of Oman
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Going green new mantra of offices across Oman
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There is a keen desire in the region to adopt a greener lifestyle and to live in harmony with nature. - File photo

Muscat: Going green is something that workplaces across the region, including Oman, consider to be very important to their lifestyle.

A poll conducted by Bayt.com, the region's number one job site, on 'Green Workplaces in the Middle East and North Africa,' has revealed that there is a keen desire in the region to adopt a greener lifestyle, both at work and at home, in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Data for Bayt.com 'Green Workplaces in the MENA' poll was collected online from June 24 to August 12 with 7,925 respondents from UAE, KSA, Kuwait and Qatar along with Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon and Syria. Also a part of the poll, were Jordan, Algeria and Egypt along with Morocco and Tunisia.

For 72.5 per cent of respondents, going green is something that they consider to be very important to their lifestyle, with a further 23.2 per cent considering it to be 'moderately' important. For 80 per cent of the respondents environmental issues, such as pollution, conservation of natural resources and so on, concern them 'to a large extent', demonstrating that despite low awareness of technical concepts such as a carbon footprint (with only 27.7 per cent of survey respondents saying they are "very aware" of the concept), there is a significant desire for MENA residents to begin living more sustainably.

Renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind energy, are considered to be the most up-and-coming technologies by 71.3 per cent of respondents. Alternative fuel vehicles, such as those that run on electricity, will take off in the future according to 16.3 per cent of respondents.

"There seems to be growing awareness on the importance of sustainability and green energy," said Suhail Masri, VP of Sales, Bayt.com. "More than 40 per cent of respondents use public transportation to go to work. That's a very positive number.

Also, imagine if alternative fuel vehicles were adopted by the 39.3 per cent of respondents who drive themselves to work. It could mean significant carbon savings," he added.

When at work, more than half (52.3 per cent) of respondents say that they reuse items rather than throw them away. Paperless offices are popular, with 49.1 per cent stating they are encouraged to use email or online resources all the time rather than print out documents, and 30.2 per cent state that they are 'sometimes' encouraged to do so, though they still rely heavily on printouts on certain occasions.

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