Making a difference

PDO has launched a major recycling drive as part of its new “Bea’tona” campaign, which will focus on different themes every year.

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has marked World Environment Day by rolling out a major recycling programme at its offices as part of its drive to be a more sustainable operator. PDO is installing 35 metallic waste segregation bins across its Mina Al Fahal headquarters to collect papers, plastics, cans and general waste; and more will be set up in interior locations by the end of the year. The waste management “Reduce… Reuse… Recycle” drive is part of PDO’s new “Bea’tona” (our environment) campaign that aims to target PDO staff, contractors, visitors and the wider Omani public.

Other recent PDO ‘green’ initiatives include a clampdown on water waste, in response to the recent shortages in Oman, with an increased focus on reporting water leaks and guidance on reduced water use in Company office and residential areas.

In addition, the company is trying to cut back on its use of paper by discouraging staff from printing reports and presentations. In the interim, it has introduced black-and-white printing only, which is five times cheaper than colour. There is also a move to persuade staff to use mugs instead of paper cups for drinks.

Managing director, Raoul Restucci said, “The new measures to cut waste make both good environmental and financial sense. PDO is a large organisation and there is ample scope to reduce the amount of waste we generate, including by recycling everyday office material. We are dedicated to greater sustainability in the way we work – and this extends from the amount of energy, water and materials we use to produce oil and gas right down to the number of paper cups and plates we throw away. We hope the example we are setting will encourage other organisations and companies in Oman to adopt similar measures as we all have a responsibility to preserve and protect the environment. Together, we can all make a difference.”

PDO is partnering with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA), the Environment Society of Oman and the Oman Environmental Services Holding Company, Be’ah, on the Bea’tona campaign, which will focus on different themes every year such as littering, energy conservation, renewable energy, and water conservation. The company already works together with MECA on a number of waste reuse initiatives and other environmental matters.

PDO is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, the largest voluntary corporate responsibility in the world, which commits it to undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

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