Energy sector reaffirms sustainability strategy

June 20, 2014 - 12:20:56 am
Ministers, dignitaries and award winners at the ceremony.

DOHA: H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada, the Minister of Energy and Industry, yesterday launched the ‘2013 Report on Sustainability’ in the Qatar Energy and Industry Sector, and awarded 12 companies for their excellence in sustainability reporting and performance in 2013.

The annual report on sustainability is a key component of the Sector Sustainability Programme, which aims at enhancing the management of economic, environmental and social impacts within the energy and industry sector, thus optimising its contribution to the continued development of the country.

It constitutes a commitment by the sector towards the implementation of economic, human, social, and environmental sustainable development as proclaimed by the Qatar National Vision 2030, and the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-2016

Dr Al Sada expressed pleasure at the increasingly stronger reporting foundation, which is enabling all participants to place firm emphasis on performance improvements, long-term strategy and target-setting, implementation of policies, and stronger international engagement. He said: “This reflects commitment to fulfilling the requirements of sustainable development, which lies at the heart of Qatar’s National Vision and National Development Strategy, as guided and launched by the Emir, H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.”

He also said sustainable performance by the energy and industry sector has positioned Qatar as a responsible global energy provider with a world-class practice. The Minister called upon the participating companies to complete their 5-year sustainable development strategies with well-defined performance targets. “It is time that sustainability becomes a dedicated process by all companies and across the entire energy and industry spectrum. “Our success depends on the collective efforts by the entire spectrum of the energy and industry sector in promoting higher levels of sustainability performance and innovation,” he said.

Now on its fourth year, the annual sustainability ceremony is one of the largest events organised by the Ministry in partnership with Qatar Petroleum (QP). 

The event was also attended by H E Dr Saleh bin Mohamed Al Nabit, the Minister of Development Planning and Statistics; H E Ahmad bin Amer Al Hemaidi, the Minister of Environment; Dr Ibrahim Al Ibrahim, Economic Adviser to H H the Emir, and Professor Sheikha Al Misnad, President of Qatar University, and host of top officials from different ministries and 36 participating companies from the sector. 

For Excellence in Sustainability Reporting, the winner was Qatargas, while RasGas was recognised for Excellence in Sustainability Management. The awardees for Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety were Oryx GTL Ltd and Wintershall Holding GmbH, while the winners for Excellence in Environmental Management were QAPCO and Ras Girtas Power Company. The winners for Excellence in Socio-Economic and CSR Activities were QAFAC and Occidental Petroleum of Qatar.

The recipients of special awards, on the other hand, were Kahramaa for Tarsheed campaign and best first-time sustainability report, Qatar Steel for its innovative waste recycling and waste management practices, and Dolphin Energy for innovative stakeholder mapping and engagement. Meanwhile, Qatar Aluminium (Qatalum) received a certificate of commendation for outstanding contractor management.

Saif Al Naimi, Director of QP’s HSE Regulations and Enforcement Directorate, said: “As the 2013 reporting cycle draws to a close, it is clear that the sector sustainability programme is continuing to improve, 

supporting 36 companies in the development of their sustainability management and reporting programmes.”

 The Peninsula