EQUATE Group steps into environmental program OCS

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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The EQUATE Group, a global producer of petrochemicals and the world’s second-largest producer of ethylene glycol, has pledged its support for the international environmental program Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) as part of its dedication to long-term sustainable growth.

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) is spearheading OCS, which aims to achieve zero pellets, flake, or powder loss into the environment.

Through signing the pledge, EQUATE agrees to enforce OCS sustainable best-practice standards in all of its facilities to prevent pellets from being lost accidentally during manufacturing, handling, storage, or transportation from the processing facility to the environment.

The OCS pledge exemplifies EQUATE’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. The organization claims that strengthening its accidental loss processes, will not only help to protect the environment and save valuable money but will also add value to a more competitive and resilient plastics industry.

Dr. Abeer Al-Omar, EQUATE Group Sustainability Committee Leader remarked that “we are dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment, and will continue to develop and implement stringent operational processes that contribute to reducing plastic accidental loss. It is promising to see how as an industry we are working together to make a positive and sustainable impact in everything that we do.”

EQUATE’s Sustainability Strategy 2025, which includes 11 initiatives in the areas of environment, economy, community, and health and safety, has been deeply rooted in the organization’s culture since its inception.

EQUATE’s sustainability policy is mapped against the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and consistent with Kuwait’s National Development Plan and Canada’s Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

Mr. Abdul Wahab Al-Shatti, Senior Production Engineer pointed out that “we have created a cross-functional team to help ensure we are all working together to achieve zero pellets, flake, and powder accidental loss. We are proud of the initiative and look forward to continually enhancing our engagements and efforts in the OCS program”.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) were the first to launch the OCS program, and it is now practiced in over 60 countries and thousands of manufacturing and transportation facilities around the world.

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