Warri – Every year on June 5, the world commemorates World Environment Day (“WED”) to celebrate and promote environmental awareness and sustainability across the world. Led by the United Nations Environment Program (“UNEP”) and held annually since 1974, each edition focuses on raising awareness and mobilizing the world to take positive action to protect nature and our planet.
This year’s theme is “One Earth” with a focus on “Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature”. It highlights climate action, nature action and pollution action while encouraging everyone, everywhere to live sustainably. Chevron Nigeria Limited (“CNL”), operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”) and CNL (“NNPC/CNL JV”), identifies with this global action to save the planet because it aligns with our commitment to protect the environment while providing affordable, reliable and ever cleaner energy.
CNL not only operates in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner, but also in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, stakeholder expectations and industry best practices, and has integrated environmental stewardship into its social investment programs.
Rick Kennedy, CNL President and CEO, explains that CNL’s approach to sustainability is underscored by its commitment to protecting the environment, empowering its people and always getting results the right way. “Chevron is proud to be part of the solution to global environmental issues everywhere we operate. Our environmental and energy transition efforts focus on reducing the carbon intensity of our operations, creating low-carbon businesses, supporting a well-designed climate policy, responsible management of the water and biodiversity, while using our operational excellence management system (“OEMS”) to manage risk. .”
According to him, the company’s OEMs provide industry leading performance in process safety, personal safety and health, environment, reliability and efficiency. “Our environmental philosophy and processes provide the foundation for sound environmental management. The company protects the environment throughout the life cycle, from responsible design, development, operation and disposal of assets. ” he stated.
CNL recognizes the importance of minimizing its environmental footprints and promoting ecosystem restoration. The company continually aims to achieve world-class environmental excellence through the implementation of its Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (“ERAM”) procedure to identify, assess, mitigate and manage environmental risks, risks for the health of communities related to the environment and the social risks related to the environment. CNL is committed to ecosystem sustainability, including ecosystem restoration interventions, where appropriate.
Restoration programs provide positive environmental impacts and opportunities to educate community members about the impacts of degradation and the benefits of restoration.
CNL is advancing its carbon reduction strategy by focusing on reducing the carbon intensity of its operations and adopting proactive approaches to manage its methane detection and reduction capabilities. CNL uses high-tech Optical Gas Imaging (“OGI”) cameras to detect minute fugitive emissions. CNL has reduced routine gas flaring by more than 95% in its operations over the past 10 years.
Chevron recognizes the importance of protecting and conserving a region’s biodiversity, and we have a long history of working with communities, industry groups, regulators and conservation groups to identify and protect biodiversity in regions around the world. where we operate. The CNL, in partnership with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (“NCF”) established in 1992, the Lekki Conservation Center (“LCC”). This 78-hectare facility, a center of excellence in environmental research and education, is set aside as a sanctuary for the rich flora and fauna of the Lekki Peninsula.
In 2005, CNL began supporting an annual postdoctoral fellowship for doctoral students in environment and conservation, instituted by CNF. In addition, the society organizes the annual SL Edu Memorial Lecture to promote environmental stewardship awareness and partners with the Lagos State Government and NCF to sponsor an annual Environmental Stewardship Awareness Program. environment, entitled Walk for Nature, an event organized to raise awareness and promote nature conservation and sustainable management of the environment.
Esimaje Brikinn, CNL’s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, points out that for more than 60 years, CNL has been an active agent of sustainable development and a strong advocate of partnerships for the environment. “We will continue to partner with stakeholders to raise awareness to create the transformative environmental change we need to move towards a more sustainable future for our one Earth,” he said.