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Shiraz Petchem Plant Leading in Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Shiraz Petchem Plant Leading in Greenhouse Gas Reduction
(Friday, July 14, 2023) 17:18

TEHRAN (NIPNA) -- Shiraz Petrochemical Plant, the country's first petrochemical complex dedicated to greenhouse gas reduction, has achieved a groundbreaking milestone. After voluntarily implementing the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and registering it with the Kyoto Protocol's secretariat, as well as obtaining carbon reduction certification from the United Nations, the CEO of Shiraz Petrochemical Plant proudly announced the complex's status as the pioneer in greenhouse gas reduction within t

Ahmad Reza Heidarnia emphasized their commitment to environmental stewardship and continuous monitoring of the company's investments and environmental initiatives over the years. It is their belief that Shiraz Petrochemical Plant has a responsible role in the field of environmental conservation, and all their environmental projects will serve as a successful model for other industries in the country.

Preserving the environment has always been a top priority for the company. With a serious focus on reducing wastewater production, recycling, and managing both process and non-process industries, their dedicated employees at Shiraz Petrochemical Plant are actively working towards sustainable solutions.

The CEO of Shiraz Petrochemical Plant reminded us that saying "no to plastic pollution" is not merely a choice but an obligatory commitment to life, especially for future generations. With over 50 years of experience in the economic sector, the company has strived to align its activities with environmental preservation, ensuring that they adopt a special approach. Their efforts have led to the successful implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and its registration with the Kyoto Protocol's secretariat, as well as obtaining carbon reduction certification from the United Nations, making Shiraz Petrochemical Plant the first petrochemical factory in the country dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Furthermore, the company's voluntary initiatives include obtaining the ISO 14001 international standard for environmental management systems and upgrading it to the latest edition in 2015. Alongside these endeavors, Shiraz Petrochemical Plant has taken the initiative to create and maintain 155 hectares of green spaces on their premises, surpassing the legal standards and requirements by more than tenfold.

The CEO of Shiraz Petrochemical Plant continued to highlight the company's success and efforts in environmental preservation. With unwavering dedication, the company has received numerous awards in the field of environmental management and green initiatives from national and international entities, including the Green Management Symposium, both domestically and abroad. Leveraging the knowledge and expertise of their employees, the company has maximized water efficiency within their systems and implemented projects such as wastewater treatment, resulting in a significant reduction of 60 cubic meters per day in wastewater discharge and subsequent water extraction from regional resources. This endeavor has further led to decommissioning more than 12 older units, resulting in a reduction of over 1,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day.

Additionally, units such as gas, ammonia, urea, nitric acid, ammonium nitrate, NPK, light and heavy soda ash, and sweet caustic soda in the area have been brought into compliance.

Regarding waste management, Shiraz Petrochemical Plant has continuously controlled and managed process and non-process waste, ensuring their reuse whenever possible. In line with this approach, a landfill site has been constructed to properly dispose of industrial waste and prevent environmental contamination on the company's lands. The implementation and improvement of administrative automation systems have significantly reduced paper consumption across the company's administrative departments, thereby minimizing waste generation.

The CEO of Shiraz Petrochemical Plant further stated that as a result of these initiatives, they have contributed to achieving 37% of the petrochemical industry's commitments to greenhouse gas emission reduction until 2030, based on the Islamic Republic of Iran's commitments at the COP2015 annual summit in Paris.

He added that receiving the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) certificate in 2017, along with significant greenhouse gas emission reductions in line with the Islamic Republic of Iran's commitments, the Golden Trophy from the Ministry of Petroleum for environmental and social responsibilities, and the certificate for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 780,000 tons from the United Nations are among the company's achievements. They have also successfully monitored the environmental pollutants of output towers for urea and ammonium nitrate production units for 18 consecutive months. The environmental monitoring system has been extended to the output tower of the nitric acid unit and three HRSG towers, contributing to the company's environmental preservation efforts.

Shiraz Petrochemical Plant has been recognized and certified by internal and external audit authorities and regulatory agencies for its commitment to environmental protection. Some of the notable certifications and awards include the Clean Industry certificate in 1998 for surpassing the national standards in developing green spaces, the Green Industry certificate in 1999 for environmental development and initiatives, the ISO 14001 environmental management system certification in 2001, the Selected Green Industry certificate in 2001 for extensive environmental initiatives and green space development, the Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) certificate and its implementation across the complex in 2005, the Level 3 Green Commitment plaque from Iran's Green Management Festival in 2007, the Crystal Trophy and plaque from the Green Economy Festival in 2004, 2005, and 2008, the Gold Trophy from the 2nd Symposium on Iran's Developed Industries in 2008, the Appreciation Plaque from the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade in 2015, the International National Award certificate from Energy Globe in 2017, the upgrade of the ISO 14001 environmental management system to the 2015 edition in 2020, and the trophy and plaque from the Hatem National Production Support Festival in 2021. In addition to these accomplishments, the CDM project and the development of the environmental policy of the Shiraz Petrochemical Plant complex in 2023 have been major milestones for the company.

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