Future Energy Lions (FEL) hosted its second Eco-Festival at the Seria Energy Lab (SEL) recently with the theme “Cultivating a Sustainable Lifestyle”.

The festival featured different environmental NGOs such as ReefCheck Brunei and Green Brunei to increase the public awareness of the green initiatives in the country and provide the opportunity for public members to get involved in their cause.

This year’s main highlights were the eco-workshops, featuring classes on various topics such as terrariums and sustainable food foraging as well as others designed by SEL, said the organisation in a statement.

Eco-vendors were present to showcase their sustainable products. All food vendors were encouraged to remind customers to bring their own containers and utensils to reduce waste generated at the festival.

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Vendors and the public were also encouraged to ‘carbon offset’ the waste they generated during the half-day event, by contributing towards FEL’s tree-planting initiative, with one of the highlights being the ‘Adopt-a-Tree’ event, which allowed the public to offset some of  their carbon footprint by purchasing tree saplings at the FEL booth.

Over at the Eco-Cinema, a panel discussion was held on ‘Brunei’s Waste Management’, which provided the audience the opportunity to ask the panellists on topics regarding various sources of waste generation, localised issues and the collective solutions that can benefit both the public and the environment.

The Eco-cinema also showcased BruWild’s documentary, titled “Mangroves of Brunei Darussalam” and other environmentally conscious films set in Borneo.

The Eco-Talks session saw various speakers talk about the environment and sustainability-related topics such as a talk on the Brunei National Climate Change Policy given by the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat, and ‘Education For Sustainable Development In Action’ from Jerudong International School.

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A fireside chat between Kaimana and Fuel’d educated the audience on the topic of Green Entrepreneurship.

There was also a Kids’ Corner where child-friendly activities were arranged, such as a story-telling session, hosted by students from Chung Ching Middle School.

The Eco-Festival is an annual event, hosted by the Future Energy Lions Brunei, and aims to grow bigger and better by having more schools and NGOs participation in the event.

The Future Energy Lions (FEL) Brunei network was launched in May 2018 and is already making a difference through concrete projects, in-house learning sessions and engaging with schools and communities.

The group, whose mission is to be a catalyst for sustainable solutions for BSP and Brunei, is aimed at Brunei Shell employees who want to connect, contribute ideas and build capabilities in alternative energies and sustainable solutions for BSP.

In her opening remarks, Managing Director of BSP and Shell Country Chair in Brunei Agnete Johnsgaard Lewis said that the conversation of the Energy Transition has moved to the forefront of our industry.

“With your active participation, I hope that we as a company can continue to play a key role in the energy transition journey for Brunei and I am eager to learn more about the initiatives and projects that are supported and led by FEL Brunei,” she shared.

Future Energy Lions started as a Global Shell network founded in the Netherlands in 2014. It investigates the business potential of new energy and low-CO2 ideas by acting as an incubator to deliver new projects and raise awareness.

It boasts more than 2,000 members spread across four continents and has connections to the global New Energies team. The international FEL chapters aim to create employee awareness about global developments and how Shell can best act.

Follow them on Instagram @FEL.bn to join their progress toward a sustainable future!

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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