SOSCO is committed to conducting business in a manner that manages and promotes environmental responsibility.
We fulfill this commitment by:
- Run our operations in an environment-friendly manner.
- Exercise the principles of reducing, reusing and recycling in all company processes.
- Promoting environmental responsibility among our employees.
- Emphasize on continuous improvement in our environmental performance.
SOSCO is committing to the goal of significantly reducing our energy intensity over the next ten years. The focus of the company management is to improve the energy efficiency of our existing operations and to make conscious choices towards energy conservation each time we purchase or upgrade equipment for our facilities.
Environmental and Social Impact Assessments especially in the concession areas, consultations with stakeholders, coming up with improvements for management processes and systems, investment in new technologies, and introducing improvement targets are some of the measures that are making our goal of learning about the local identity and expectations and minimizing the environmental impact on the areas surrounding our operations a reality.
It must be emphasised that an environmentally-safe hydrocarbon production operation involves very different activities to what we do in the Industrial Complexes, and the geographical context of our activities is also very different. This means they also have different types of impact. The main types of impact generated by these activities on the communities around them are described below. Our operations are mainly located in industrialized environments, far away from urban centers. This enables us to contribute to the social and economic development of the towns and cities in concession areas through direct and indirect job creation and collaboration agreements that we enter into with the General Assembly and other local public authorities in order to promote cultural events. The negative impacts of industrial facilities of this kind mainly have to do with smells, noise and atmospheric emissions; and to a lesser extent, fumes, discharge, heavy goods traffic and light pollution.
Some of our local actions to mitigate the main impacts listed above include :
- Pre-treating waste water before storage, reducing the number of open reservoirs for accumulating discharge and enclosing water treatment plants to minimize the perception of odors by nearby communities.
- Installation of gas detectors and emission-measuring equipment to provide real-time information on possible emission peaks. This helps shorten the response time in anomalous situations, minimizing the possible effects on nearby populations. If there is an occasional episode of high concentrations, warnings are sent out and an action plan is launched to mitigate its effects.
- Use of acoustic screens and switching to quieter electric engines.
- Minimizing disruptive night-time work.