Qatargas has announced its support as Gold Sponsor to the 7th GCC Quality Conference “The Quality and Environmental Challenges” which will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, on 30th April 2014 at the Sharq Village & Spa Hotel, Doha, Qatar.
The conference, which is held under the theme “The Quality and Environmental Challenges,” seeks to address some of the most critical environmental challenges facing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations.
Qatargas’ support to the conference was announced during a press conference held at Qatargas Doha Head Office which was attended by Khalifa Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Environmental Affairs Manager, Qatargas, Mansour Rashid Al-Naimi, Public Relations Manager, Qatargas and Mohammed Saleh Al-Kuwari, President of Gulf Development Center, which is organising the conference.
Speaking to the media on Qatargas’ support to the conference, Mr. Khalifa Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Environmental Affairs Manager, Qatargas, said, “Qatargas is delighted to be part of this important event which is addressing one of the most decisive issues of our time. Our environment has always been of paramount importance to us at Qatargas and it is one of the key focus areas of our corporate social responsibility strategy. We in Qatargas are very much aligned with the State of Qatar’s vision to contribute to reducing our carbon footprint and are doing so through initiatives such as our flare reduction projects, our greenhouse gas management strategy, and ongoing studies for carbon capture, carbon storage and energy efficiency. As the largest LNG producer in the world, Qatargas is committed to the responsible management of our environment and are constantly exploring ways to improve our environmental performance.”
Mansour Rashid Al Naimi, Public Relations Manager, Qatargas said, “Qatargas’ support to this conference stems from its increased focus on quality in all its operations. Quality at Qatargas is managed as part of an integrated management system which is directly linked to the Direction Statement of Qatargas which provides a clear Vision, Mission and Covenants. Qatargas is currently certified to ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management); ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management); and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety.)”
Mohammed Saleh Al-Kuwari, President of the Gulf Development Centre, said, “We are thankful to Qatargas for their support to this conference which will offer a major avenue for industries and businesses to exchange knowledge and share best practices. This event is held in alignment with the Qatar National Vision 2030’s Environmental Development pillar that seeks to strike a harmonious balance between economic and social development and environment protection.”
The conference will be attended by decision-makers, academicians, researchers and delegates from government organisations, public utilities, public and private sector companies, construction firms, medical and para-medical establishments. Main topics to be discussed at the conference include importance of quality as an essential step in the way of compliance with local and international environmental standards; reduction of environmental pollution caused by industrial, construction and medical waste; environmental damage resulting from the different emission and how to reduce them (carbon tax); highlight the importance of the environmental impact assessment studies to identify environmental challenges and develop solutions; and review of initiatives and innovative solutions to ensure the sustainable development of all elements of the environment.
An exhibition will be held as part of the conference where companies and corporate sponsors will showcase their efforts to reduce carbon footprint. Qatargas will participate in the exhibition with an interactive model showcasing the Jetty Boil-off Gas (JBOG) project highlighting how Qatargas will reduce flaring at the LNG jetties by over 90 per cent during the LNG ship loading process.
The one-billion Dollar JBOG Project, which is expected to be operational later this year, will save the emission of 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. One trillion cubic feet of gas will be saved for the State of Qatar over a period of 30 years. It is one of the largest investments for flare reduction in the world.
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