Siemens collaborates with government organizations to fight waste pollution
by sponsoring drainage nets and joining forces for a Beach Cleaning Day in Rayong
Siemens Thailand together with the Provincial offices for Natural Resources and Environment Rayong, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources as well as the Rayong Municipality joined forces against waste pollution by organizing a Beach Cleaning Day in the scope of Siemens’ ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign known as Siemens Caring Hands. The Siemens Caring Hands program puts into action the company’s commitment to make a positive contribution to Thai society and the communities in which Siemens operates.
Specifically, plastic pollution presents a key environmental challenge in Thailand. According to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, currently, Thailand ranks the 6th in the world contaminating the ocean with more than 1 million tons of waste per year. Plastic waste which enters the oceans can have fatal effects on marine life and influence oceanic weather and climate. “We are here today, as a team, to give back to society through community service. I would like to express my appreciation for the support from the government sector and everyone who volunteered their time and effort to join us. We want to leave the smallest environmental trace as possible and so that our activities are a step towards reducing plastic pollution and promoting zero waste.”, Mr. Markus Lorenzini, President & Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Thailand shared at the opening ceremony of the Beach Cleaning Day. Joining hands, the more than 100 volunteers helped to rid the Laem Charoen Beach in Rayong of some 500 kilograms of collected trash. On top of beach cleaning initiatives, Siemens Thailand also sponsored 3-meter drainage nets for the drainage systems around Rayong city as well as the nylon garbage bags and other equipment for improved waste management.
“Even though it is not the complete answer to waste pollution, the drainage net is a simple and cost-effective solution to reduce the discharge of waste from drainage systems to the ocean. The Rayong city has installed drainage nets in more than 20 locations to tackle the more than 2-3 tons of waste per day at the outlet of drainage pipes from residential zones around the city.”, explained Deputy Provincial Governor, Acting Sub-Lieutenant Piroon Hemarak Moreover, Siemens Thailand donated the educational signboards in two locations - Laem Charoen beach and at the Kao Yod community - to raise awareness amongst tourists and the local communities about proper waste management and the reduction of single-use plastics.
"Making people aware of the environmental issue of improper waste management and plastic usage is essential. This should be considered everyone's responsibility. I am very pleased that Siemens, which has a branch in Rayong Province, is aware of the importance of this matter”, Acting Sub-Lieutenant Piroon Hemarak added.
On top of annual employee activities since Siemens first established in Thailand more than a century ago, this year, Siemens Thailand introduced a variety of programs to increase the environmental responsibility amongst Siemens employees. For example, Siemens collaborated with the “Won” project by TPBI Public Company Limited, which encourages recycling based on the “Circular Economy” concept. Siemens also initiated the Sustainability Champions group amongst Siemens’ staff who help to promote the solutions for a sustainable workplace.
About Siemens Thailand Siemens Thailand has operated in the country for more than a century. It is a leader in electrical engineering, automation technology, and digitalization. Siemens aims to establish value in energy development and efficient manufacturing to lead to improvements in people’s lives and society overall. Today, Siemens Thailand extends its operation to Myanmar and Cambodia.
About Siemens AG Siemens AG is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.