The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) took part in a workshop on human rights and the environment, organised by the National Institution for Human Rights at the Isa Cultural Centre.
Company Technical Services Manager Mr. Khaled Al-Binali presented a working paper on the role of the private sector in the promotion and protection of the environment, and spoke of GPIC’s efforts in preserving the environment and its concern in providing a suitable atmosphere for its employees and the community around the plant.
Speaking on the occasion, GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery said the Company is eager to take care of sustainability issues, especially those related to the environment. He said GPIC also full compliance with environmental laws and decisions of the Supreme Council of the Environment. It also cooperates with regulatory agencies while continuing its efforts at improving the work atmosphere to build a positive reputation and bridges of trust with local communities, investors, shareholders and the media.
He said GPIC is implementing a large number of initiatives and volunteer activities in the field of environment and its maintenance and care. He praised the working paper and said such workshops aimed at the promotion and protection of human rights.
Dr. Jawahery said care of the environment is one of the fundamental principles of the Company’s vision and values since they relate to the safety of the employees and their right to enjoy a safe and healthy environment not only at work but also away from it.
He said GPIC is keen to abide by all the environmental laws of Bahrain within its operational and engineering systems. He said it is committed to submitting periodic environmental reports to the Supreme Council of the Environment since these contain results of plant operations and emissions corresponding to the set standards.
He said GPIC is subject to checks and periodic field visits by the representatives of the Supreme Council when samples are randomly taken and examined verify the accuracy and effectiveness of monitoring systems.
Dr. Jawahery, who is also member of the Economic, Social and Cultural Committee at the National Institution for Human Rights, said all international human rights treaties recognize the right to a clean environment to ensure everyone lives in peace and enjoys other rights such as the right to a dignified life and the rights of education, health, access to water and food.
Dr. Jawahery spoke of the importance of continuing to raise awareness about the Company's commitment to environmental issues and thanked the event organizers in promoting a culture of environmental care and preservation.
He said GPIC is keen to regularly develop and modernize its facilities to fully utilise its environmental protection capabilities. GPIC, he said, had recently updated the lighting system at its facilities and had started using standard LED lights to save energy and increase efficiency. Over the last three years, more 1,000 units had been replaced, resulting in a saving of 285,653 kilowatt hours annually, which translated to BD6,000.
The Company has also installed several solar water heaters as part of its renewable energy project. These heaters, he said, have been working satisfactorily and produce 1,000 litres of hot water daily. The process of the water heating raises the water temperature to 40C, which saves 14,181-kilowatt hours per year and reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
In 2013, GPIC set up an effluent treatment pond that handles 1,000 cubic meters of effluent, in the process reducing incidents of soil and seawater contamination. It also handles hazardous liquid waste large surface area where it was steaming 50% of the hazardous liquid waste in two months (evaporation rate of 8 mm to 18 mm / day from winter to summer). It is also hazardous solid waste treatment by only 3% of the total hazardous liquid waste after the evaporation process. Evaporation pond is also one of the appropriate facilities to reduce the proportion of the hazardous liquid waste in the event of a malfunction in the equipment shortage in the containment of emergency.
The Company has also implemented a special programme for recycling solid waste in all its departments and sections. This aims to collect all paper, plastic and metal waste, which is delivered to private institutions for recycling.