Jotun Paints, one of the world’s leading producers and distributors of paints and powder coatings, will be throwing the spotlight on its ‘GreenSteps’ global initiative during their participation at The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), which will be held from January 16 to January 19, 2012 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The leading company is looking to leverage its diverse range of environmentally sustainable paints like ‘Jotashield Extreme’ and ‘Cool Shades’ collection, following a recent report released by the International Chamber of Commerce-UAE (ICC-UAE), which points out that the UAE ‘green’ market will be worth over USD 2.74 trillion by the year 2020. The Jotun stand will be located at Hall No. 8, Stand No. 8110 at the Norway Pavilion of WFES.
Jotun’s Abu Dhabi production facility produces more than 23 million litres of paints annually, and has managed to strengthen its sustainability efforts with the roll-out of its ‘GreenSteps’ initiative, a five-point goal program that leaves consumers with the security and confidence that Jotun products are better formulated and conformed to world class green building standards. The five ‘GreenSteps’ include the move to reduce energy consumption; reduce carbon footprint; reduce waste; reduce the use of solvent or Volatile Organic Content (VOC) and reduce the use of hazardous materials.
“Our participation at this year’s WFES demonstrates our steadfast commitment towards protecting the environment and playing an active role in the move to sustainability,” said Sverre Knudsen, General Manager – Abu Dhabi, Jotun Paints. “WFES will allow us a strategic platform to showcase our five-point ‘GreenSteps’ program, which is an integral driver to our operations as well as innovations. We are proud to be part of this unique event and to also say that we are one of the few suppliers to have approved products that have gone through tough tests to be certified from around the globe.
Testament to the company’s dedication towards achieving sustainability is its presence as one of the elect suppliers for the Masdar project in Abu Dhabi, where it is also listed in the online directory of Sustainable Building Products of Masdar (www.thefuturebuild.com). Jotun is also actively involved in other green projects that highlight energy efficiency and comply with set eco-friendly standards. These projects include Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, and Courtyard building.
“At Jotun, the greener approach is no longer an option but a fundamental core. Being at WFES will give us the opportunity to strengthen our ties with the wider industry and move one step closer in creating a more colorful future. The ‘Green Steps’ program is now a major part of our culture and core value system at Jotun. The way we interact with the environment and the community at large is very important to understand. With ‘Green Steps,’ our customers are secure that we will never make compromises on high quality, reliability and durability,” concluded Knudsen.
The WFES is the world’s leading annual meeting committed to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies by engaging political, business, finance, academic and industry leaders to drive innovation, business and investment opportunities in response to the growing need for sustainable energy. Organizers for this year’s event have developed a strategic list of acitivites that include a world class summit, an international exhibition, the Project Village, Roundtable Discussions, Innovate @ WFES, the Young Future Energy Leaders program, corporate meetings and social events.
Founded in 1926 in Norway, Jotun – one of the world’s leading paint manufacturers, established its presence in the Middle East in 1974, with Jotun UAE Ltd. Ever since, Jotun has expanded dramatically throughout the region and is the first paint manufacturer to be awarded the ISO 9001 certification.
Jotun has been at the forefront in terms of developing products specifically suited to local conditions. Three decades of experience in the Middle East region, has helped the company produce a variety of conventional and specialized coatings – each incorporating the latest technological developments while offering performance with economy – catering to the various product segments and demands of the different markets. Today, Jotun’s diverse product range includes Decorative, Protective, Marine, Floor/Concrete Protection, Powder Coatings and Intumescent Coatings, bearing a solid testament to the company’s reputation of being truly a single source solution for clients, consultants and contractors alike.
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