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Govt tasks institutions to think environmental sustainability in project execution


Green Economy and Environment Minister Collins Nzovu says institutes should take steps at relooking at their construction policy and build infrastructure which is environmentally responsible.

Nzovu said construction was one of the sectors that had a direct and indirect impact on the environment.

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He said this when he toured the US$40 million Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Head Office in Lusaka on Wednesday.

Nzovu said government placed a great deal on environmental sustainability, which was a key component of the broader developmental agenda.

“The world is moving towards sustainability, that is why it is important that everyone plays a role in promoting this agenda.

“Construction is one of the sectors that has a direct and indirect impact on the environment. I am extremely pleased with Standard Chartered for investing in a world class green building such as this one,” he said.

On the building, Nzovu was impressed with the health and safety features of the complex as well as efficiency in the use of energy and water at the facility.

He commended the bank for taking a leading role in promoting sustainability and investing in a green building that prioritised the health of its occupants, community members, and make efficient use of energy and water.

And Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Sonny Zulu, said the institution was committed to promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Zulu said the bank’s investment in the construction of the building was testament to the bank’s commitment to the green agenda.

“The costs are down in terms of running the building,” he said.

Meanwhile, bank’s Head of Property Keith Musewa said the building was installed with 385 solar panels on the rooftop, capable of producing 100 kilovolts to power all of its energy requirements.

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