Dilmun Club Proudly Launches First Environmental Policy for a Private Club in Bahrain
The Dilmun Club has been introducing an environmental policy over the last 3 years which lays out how we, as Dilmun Club members and Dilmun Club staff, can help to address some of the more pressing environmental issues which we hear about ever more frequently in today’s media. We are the first private club in Bahrain to launch such a policy and we hope that you will all join with us to do our bit for the environment. Our strategy is simple – we have adopted 3 basic concepts:
REDUCE: If we don’t need to buy it, we will stop buying it.
REUSE: If we can reuse it, we will reuse it.
RECYCLE: When it is no longer of use, we will recycle it.
So how do we do this?
- Minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are as efficient as possible.
We have changed our policy relating to single-use plastics. We now discourage the use of drinking straws, takeaway cartons, carrier bags etc. There is however a cost to this as alternatives are very expensive in comparison. We are constantly looking for more environmental alternatives such as wooden stirrers in place of plastic stirrers. Members can support us by not using plastic straws etc. if not really needed. If you plan on visiting one of our outlets for a drink and then buying a takeaway to go home, why not bring your own bag to save us providing a new plastic carrier bag!
- Actively promote recycling both internally and amongst members and suppliers.
Recycle bins have been placed outside the club for staff and members to use. These accept paper, cardboard, tin cans and plastic. We ask that you place tins and plastics in separate bags before putting them into the containers. (Unfortunately, there is no facility for glass). These bins will be emptied on a regular basis or when they are full, whichever comes first.
- Source and utilise product’s which shall minimise the environmental impact of both production and distribution.
Our buying staff are constantly monitoring products which can help us improve our environmental awareness, paper straws, bio-degradable packaging etc. Again, some of these prove to be an expensive alternative so it will take time to strike up a true balance.
- Implement a programme to lower the greenhouse gas emissions generated by our activities.
Our biggest achievement to date. Since 2017 we have slowly been replacing our old incandescent light bulbs with LED lightbulbs. Some of the advantages of this are:
- LED’s can save up to 80% of electrical power. (Cost saving)
- LED’s use about 1/6th of the power of an incandescent light bulb, so a standard 60W light bulb can be replaced with a 10W LED bulb.
- They do not contain hazardous solids, liquids or gases. (Environmental saving)
- They last at least 10 times as long as incandescent lightbulbs. (Cost saving)
- They burn far cooler than incandescent light bulbs. You can touch them with your fingers without burning them! This also means that in warm rooms, in the heat of a Bahraini summer, (like in the Dilmun Club), they do not contribute to the heat in the room meaning the air conditioners do not have to work so hard. (Cost and further energy saving).
- We have replaced nearly 1000 light bulbs around the club, internally and externally. As an example of energy saving, the original eleven 1000 watt Halogen light bulbs around the children’s play area have been replaced by six 250 watts LED lights.
- Last year we also replaced all our air conditioning units with more efficient units. This has resulted in lower energy costs and lower maintenance costs, but more importantly lower environmental costs!
- Design and run a programme to train all staff on relevant environmental issues and enlist their support in improving the club’s performance.
All Dilmun Club employees have attended an in-house ‘environmental awareness’ course. This course will also form part of the induction training for new staff.
Please get involved in our environmental programme.
For more information contact Dilmun Club General Manager:
Steve Chartres, (GM)