As the renowned Dalai lama one said, “it is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the world in which we all live.” Activists, government officials and business leaders have been drawing attention to the threatening local and global environmental problems caused by urban development for several years now. This worldwide issue has called for the enactment of laws that protect mother earth and call for sustainability and green businesses. Though June 5, marked the UN’s World Environment Day which this year held the theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution”, Lebanon still faces a broad range of serious environmental problems.
Water shortage, electricity shortage, and a garbage crisis, are only a few of the country’s ongoing mounting problems. While Lebanon is host to a scenic nature (sea, mountains, valleys, rivers) which some of the Lebanese population tries to preserve, the rising population in Lebanon, including refugees, has increased per capita consumption and is threatening the delicate ecological balance, creating problems that will require organized movements and international intervention to solve.
Self-motivated groups of Lebanese such as Live Love Lebanon and NGOs have been taking individual initiatives to help clean seashores, streets, and rivers while also promoting the increased use of renewable energy and recycling for a cleaner and better Lebanon. Their dedication has paid off as improved technology has coupled with decades of activism to improve energy efficiency in everything from cars to refrigerators. We have witnessed car companies like Toyota and electronics and tech companies like LG ride on the bandwagon of renewable energy based cars and products. The likes of such companies have worked on reducing pollution and have tighter energy regulations to help families cut back on their energy expenses.
Managing Director of LG Levant, Hong Ju Jeon, commented, “As a global technology leader, LG offers a range of innovations designed to counteract a number of major environmental threats. The company is at the forefront of the ongoing revolutions in renewable power, increased energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly production.”
The Lebanese government has also been attempting to ride on the renewable energy bandwagon by working on having solar energy systems around the country. Starting off with the Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW), which LG supplied with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, covering the rooftop of the Ministry’s building with a total capacity of 135kWp.
It’s hard not to get excited about the potential value of solar power. One thing that seems certain is its increased role and other renewable energy sources. With solar projects dating back to 1985, LG is proud to be a leading solar panel supplier but is not resting on the laurels of past innovations. The latest solar panels offer significantly enhanced power while breakthroughs in production are resulting in dramatically lower prices for panels.
For example, the award-winning LG NeON 2 panels boast Cello Technology which improves performance and reliability. Twelve thin wire busbars in the NeON 2 replace a conventional solar module’s three to four soldered busbars. Cello Technology raises output and the module’s reliability. Measuring 1.6M x 1M and weighing only 17 kilograms, the 60-cell module offers a peak output of up to 320 watts. The NeON 2™ is one of the most robust and wind loadresistant panels on the market. Designed for long-term use, the panel retains 83.6 percent of initial output over a 25-year period.
The Earth is one of the only things that we all share. While people may be divided on a number of issues, everyone agrees that we should do what we can to make our home a more pleasant place. This is why LG is keen to bring people together and is committed to helping the planet.