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HSBC Malta joins Earth Hour initiative

This AFP combo image shows (from left) the Bank of China building, the Cheung Kong Centre, the HSBC Building and the Standard Chartered Bank building and the colonial Legislative Council building (bottom left) in Hong Kong just before (top) and during Earth Hour (bottom) last Saturday.

This AFP combo image shows (from left) the Bank of China building, the Cheung Kong Centre, the HSBC Building and the Standard Chartered Bank building and the colonial Legislative Council building (bottom left) in Hong Kong just before (top) and during Earth Hour (bottom) last Saturday.

HSBC Malta staff working on shift basis were asked to switch-off office air-conditioning at a given time and employees were encouraged to switch off their lights in their homes as a symbol of support. Last Saturday the bank in Malta joined other HSBC offices and branches in over 40 countries and territories to celebrate Earth Hour.

The symbolic "lights out" initiative echoes the objective of the HSBC Climate Partnership, which aims to raise awareness on the need to take action on climate change.

An international event started by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 2007, Earth Hour encourages businesses and households to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour on the last Saturday of March every year. It aims to educate the global community about the threats of climate change and how easy it is for individuals and businesses to make small changes to the way they live and operate.

HSBC Malta CEO Alan Richards said Earth Hour was becoming a major event in the international environmental calendar, auguring that the initiative would gain growing prominence in Malta in the coming years.

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