Oil major, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the joint venture with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) said, it strongly recognizes the importance of minimizing its environmental footprints by promoting ecosystem restoration.
The company said, its actions continually aims to achieve world-class environmental excellence through implementation of its Environment Risk Management process to identify, assess, mitigate against, and manage environmental risks, environmentally related community health risks, and environmentally related social risks.
It therefore has expressed its commitment to the global action towards addressing the impact of plastic pollution and creating an eco-friendly environment, as the world celebrates this years World Environment Day(WED).
The world commemorates World Environment Day every June 5 to celebrate and promote environmental awareness and sustainability across the globe. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) and each edition since 1974 focuses on raising awareness and mobilising the world to take positive action to protect nature and our planet.
The theme for this year is ‘Solutions to Plastic Pollution’ under the campaign slogan #BeatPlasticPollution. The theme is focused on creating awareness on the effects of plastic pollution on our ecosystem.
Chevron, in a statement said, the move to address the impact of plastic pollution aligns with its commitment to protecting the environment while providing affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy.
“CNL conducts its business in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner, in compliance with all applicable laws and regulatory requirements, stakeholder expectations and best industry practices, and has made environmental stewardship part of its social investment programmes,” it stated.
Chairman and managing director, CNL, Rick Kennedy, explained that, the company’s approach to sustainability is highlighted by its commitment to protecting the environment, empowering its people, and always getting results the right way.
“Environmental protection is a key operational excellence focus that is integrated into our project planning and life cycle of our assets. We implement a robust process for management of wastes, including solid wastes like plastics of various densities through reduction, reuse, and recycling options.
“We continue to assess and implement reduction of single-use plastic water bottles by providing water dispensers. We have also invested in waste management equipment to shred, crush, and compact for recycling and re-use of waste by third party service providers. These actions have prevented our used plastics from leaking into our immediate natural environment,” he stated.
According to Rick, CNL’s Operational Excellence Management System delivers industry-leading performance in process safety, personal safety and health, environment, reliability, and efficiency.
“Our focus on the environment during decision making lays the foundation for sound environmental management. The company protects the environment through the entire lifecycle from responsible design, development, operations, and asset retirement,” he stated.
“CNL recognizes the importance of minimizing its environmental footprints by promoting ecosystem restoration. The company continually aims to achieve world-class environmental excellence through implementation of its Environment Risk Management process to identify, assess, mitigate against, and manage environmental risks, environmentally related community health risks, and environmentally related social risks.”
General manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, CNL, Esimaje Brikinn, noted that, the company recognises the importance of protecting and conserving biodiversity.
“We have a long history of working in collaboration with communities, industry groups, regulators, and conservation groups to identify and protect biodiversity in parts of the world where we operate,” he said.