The Company also sponsors 13 university students from Abu Dhabi
Borouge, a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, demonstrated its commitment to sustainability at the 2nd Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association’s (GPCA) Sustainability Conference that was held in Dubai from 21-23 October 2013. Borouge also sponsored 13 university students from Abu Dhabi as part of its social responsibility initiative to engage the youth in sustainability issues.
The 2nd GPCA Sustainability Conference, held under the theme “People, Planet and Profit: making material strides forward”, was opened by Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, GPCA Secretary General, and attended by leading players, professionals and experts in the local and regional chemical and petrochemical industries. Borouge was represented in the conference by Rashed Saud Al Shamsi, Petrochemicals Director at ADNOC and Chairman of Borouge’s Marketing & Sales Company, Abdulaziz Alhajri, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge), Obaid Saeed Al Dhaheri, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs, Abdulla Khalifa Al Jaberi, Senior Vice President Corporate Procurement, and Craig Halgreen, Vice President Corporate Sustainability.
The conference focused on the best means to align the chemical industry with brand-owned sustainability ambitions. It also addressed various sustainability issues related to reducing energy and water consumption and minimising greenhouse gas emissions through adopting necessary scientific research programmes. In this context, Borouge highlighted its continuous efforts to improving sustainability performance across the value chain.
In a keynote address at the end of the Conference, Craig Halgreen Vice President Corporate Sustainability said: “Innovation, Sustainability and Quality form the building blocks of a sustainable plastics industry. Due to the excessive growth of waste, already up approximately 50% in the last 20 years as a result of the rapidly growing middle classes particularly in Asia, consumer products should be designed with the end in mind. At the idea and innovative stage of product development, we should be thinking about what happens to that product when it has outlived its original purpose. Maintaining the quality throughout the lifespan of the product is imperative for these solutions to be sustainable. For example, if products are 100% recyclable into new quality products then we contribute to a closed loop and circular economy with zero waste.”
The plastics industry already provides a wide range of sustainable plastics solutions that add value to people’s lives such as food protection, access to fresh drinking water, reliable energy conservation and safe healthcare products.
Borouge is steadily expanding its operations, innovation capability and geographical footprint across the Middle East and Asia and this growth is being accomplished on the basis of sound sustainability practices. The Company is currently increasing its annual capacity of its Abu Dhabi plant to manufacture up to 4.5 million tonnes of polyethylene and polypropylene.
Living its “Respect” value through caring for the health, safety and environment of our communities, and embodying its commitment to social responsibility, Borouge sponsored 13 talented university students from the UAE University, University of Sharjah, Petroleum Institute, Higher Colleges of Technology and Embry Riddle University, USA to increase their understanding of sustainability.
Borouge currently partners with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi in the Sustainable Campus Initiative that aims to encourage university students to take responsibility for their campus’s ecological footprint and enhance their awareness and involvement in various environmental issues, so they may contribute to making positive environmental impacts and advocate for a sustainable future.
Borouge was established in 1998 as a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Austria based Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions. It is a groundbreaking international partnership at the forefront of the next generation of plastics innovation.
H.E. Rashed Saud Al Shamsi, Director of Petrochemicals at ADNOC and Chairman of Borouge’s Marketing & Sales Company (fifth from right), Abdulaziz Alhajri, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) (fourth from right), Obaid Al Dhaheri, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs at Borouge (third from right), Abdulla Al Jaberi, Senior Vice President Corporate Procurement (first from left), together with students from UAE University, Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University, Higher Colleges of Technology, University of Sharjah and Embry Riddle University of the USA at the 2nd Annual GPCA Sustainability Conference.
Craig Halgreen, Borouge’s Vice President Corporate Sustainability, during the 2nd Annual GPCA Sustainability Conference.