Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) Q.S.C., a leading petrochemical powerhouse in the Middle East, is pleased to participate once again in the QP Environment Fair (QPEF), to raise environmental awareness and encourage water conservation practices, by reaching out to the community, to highlight the importance of preserving the environment, for a sustainable future.
Held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum (QP), QP’s Environment Fair is an annual platform that brings together oil and gas corporations and the public.
The 8th edition of QPEF is held under the theme “Use of Water in the Oil and Gas Industry”. Qatar has well understood that water is a scarce resource; hence corporations in particular have the responsibility to preserve this precious resource.
On the occasion of the 2014 edition of QPEF, Dr. Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla, Vice Chairman and CEO of QAPCO mentioned, “Corporations like QAPCO have the responsibility to optimize the impact of their operations on the environment, the economy and society. At QAPCO, the concepts of sustainable development are embedded within our strategy, from our daily operations to our products. Environmental management is more than a compliance exercise; it is part of our commitment to grow stronger by managing our impact from every angle, including the environment and in particular water management.”
Water plays a critical role in QAPCO’s operations. It is used for cooling, steam production, general operations, and potable water consumption. QAPCO operates two water desalination units, which produce the majority of freshwater consumed. Additionally, QAPCO recycles 39.28% of freshwater input for re-use in production and within its grey water landscaping system.
Reflecting QAPCO’s continuous efforts to further improve its environmental performance, water intensity for instance was reduced by 17% between 2011 and 2013, standing testament to QAPCO’s commitment to water preservation.
QAPCO’s eye-catching stand captured the water cycle within the QAPCO plants, highlighting the company’s commitment to optimize water utilization and preservation of the environment through specific environmental programs.
In addition, QAPCO engaged with the public and the many children that visited the fair via an array of entertaining and educating activities and fun workshops, aimed at raising awareness amongst the community about the importance of preserving water at home. QAPCO launched an activity book that was distributed to the children where they could test their knowledge about water and reduce water usage at home through easy practical steps.
Dr. Al Mulla continued by saying, “The QPEF is a fantastic opportunity to engage with the youth. Through positive interactions, we can further strengthen the role and active participation of the youth in environmental protection. We are all part of the change. We can all make a difference in shaping a sustainable future.”
Furthermore, QAPCO shed light on its newly launched internal Water Conservation campaign “Save Water, Save the Planet”. Led by its Environment Section, QAPCO employees embarked on an innovative “Reduce your water usage at home” contest. The employees that will reduce the most their water usage over the course of 3 months will win the competition. The aim of the contest is to track water usage, in order to use water effectively and reduce our water consumption, by adopting environmentally friendly practices.
QAPCO continues to play an active role in the growth and development of Qatar’s downstream energy sector economy, generating economic returns as well as supporting social development and environmental sustainability through investment in education, our employees, and environmental sustainability initiatives.
Since its establishment forty years ago, QAPCO has continuously invested to modernize and upgrade its facilities, adopting the latest and most sophisticated technologies and monitoring systems and following comprehensive environmental programs in a drive to further contribute to the preservation of the environment, limit its emissions, protect the flora and fauna, and focus on sustainable development.
Ahmad Yaseen Al Hammadi
Public Affairs & Communication Manager
Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) Q.S.C.
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