‘We believe the way any organisation manages environmental issues is a crucial measure of its standard of corporate social responsibility, competitiveness and vision.’ Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President
As the world’s climate begins to change, no company can afford any longer to ignore the impact it has on the environment. In addition, no company can ignore the role environmental measures have on business sustainability. As such, GPIC has committed itself to some of the most stringent of standards when it comes to environmental management, founding our model on the basic concept of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle with seamless alignment to the company’s triple bottom line approach to business sustainability: People, Planet, Profit.
Throughout the life cycle of our products and operations, we aim to manage environmental impacts. We do this through a number of ways:
Environmental review at design stage: An environmental impact study and review at the design stage is carried out for all major and minor projects as well as engineering modifications. We identify environmental impacts and seek to avoid or minimise them. Any gaps or concerns highlighted as part of the environmental impact study are addressed to ensure an environmentally-friendly and sustainable project.
Reliable operations with minimum business interruption: We believe that by operating the plants in an efficient and reliable manner with minimum production interruptions and down-time, the environmental impacts from our operations will be minimal. To achieve this, we invest in reliability, state of the art technology and equipment, and the training and development of our employees.
Monitoring and control of emissions, effluents and waste: As a part of our Responsible Operations, we actively monitor our gas emissions, liquid effluents and waste generation, and have initiated several measures to reduce our carbon footprint and improve our overall environmental footprint.
Resource efficiency and conservation: We ensure that we maximise the efficiency of our resource utilisation of everything from water to raw materials, to minimise waste from our manufacturing processes, and make our facilities greener, more eco-friendly and more profitable.
Strict compliance to legislative and regulatory requirements: We ensure regulatory compliance to applicable environmental laws and legislations. This important aspect is embedded in our policies.
Benchmarking for continual improvement: Furthermore, we benchmark ourselves against some of the highest global standards by pursuing internationally recognised certifications such as the EMS ISO 14001:2004, Responsible Care RC 14001:2008 and others.
Regular audits: In addition to internal audits, our facilities are frequently audited by third parties to ensure that we are upholding those standards to which we are committed.
Environmental awareness: We are also actively engaged in inculcating a culture of environmental responsibility amongst our people and the community. This is sustained through training our employees and providing them with skills, competencies and empowerment to continuously improve, as they are the key to the success in embedding HSE best practices.
Biodiversity and protection of natural habitats: Our production site now hosts a fish farm where approximately 100,000 sea bream fish are released into the sea annually to enrich marine life, a bird sanctuary which hosts birds of different species, and a number of gardens specifically made to plant rare indigenous, aromatic and desert plants to form a case study for educating school students on environmental and natural preservation.
Environmental care beyond borders: At GPIC, in line with our business principles of sustainability, coupled with Responsible Care and Corporate Social Responsibility ethics; our strategy of environmental management goes beyond our facilities. Our Responsible Operations strategy ensures that we do not impact adversely on our neighbouring communities. The key goal is to manage our business processes to produce an overall positive impact on society.
Climate change commitments: In an era of global climate change, GPIC greenhouse gas emissions, as well as its carbon footprint, are one of the biggest challenges we face when trying to invest in environmental sustainability.
GPIC has been able to implement some projects such as the Urea Plant and the Carbon Dioxide Recovery Plant that have reduced the company’s carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions, thereby helping to slow the pace of climate change. The Carbon Dioxide Recovery (CDR) plant, commissioned in 2010, captures 450 MT/Day of CO2 from methanol reformer flue gases and recycles it back. Hence reducing the company’s carbon footprint in addition to increasing resource efficiency and production augmentation. This project is just one example of how GPIC combines business strategy with environmental sustainability.
Global engagement and sustainability: In addition to the commitment and responsibility GPIC has for its own operations, we are engaged in environmental efforts at various levels in order to create impact and move towards further environmental sustainability and stewardship. One such example is our commitment to the UN Global Compact 10 Principles, including the three principles on environmental sustainability. We take environmental stewardship very seriously and in this context, we are the joint sponsors of the yearly RoSPA International Dilmun Environmental Award, which is given to companies with outstanding environmental management systems.
Commitment to UN Global Compact Principles on Environmental sustainability: GPIC is a member of the UN Global Compact and is committed to supporting and implementing the Global Compact’s principles on environmental sustainability, as follows:
- Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
- We can be never be certain that an economic activity has positive or at least neutral effects on sustainability and when we are not certain of the impacts we follow a precuationary approach.
- We think before we act and carry out an environmental impact assessment for any significant change.
- Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
- We have well defined roles and responsibilities when it comes to policy making and goals setting. The risks and opportunities with regards to environmental sustainability are assessed in a structured.
- Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
-Whenever we go for a new piece of equipment we always assess the potential environmental, social and economic impacts (adverse and positive), in order to ensure the following:
- Conserve natural resources
- Reduce quantity of waste and effluent generated
- Reduce pollution
- Create local Income
- Improve working conditions
- Reduce raw materials, energy and water costs
- Reduce waste disposal and transportation costs
- Increase returns by selling waste materials for re-use
- Reduce costs from potential liabilities, risks and accidents
- Improve productivity