Oman Oil Marketing Company (OOMCO), a fuel distributing and retailing company has joined the national initiative to plant 10 million trees in 10 years (10M in 10) as a measure to strengthen its commitment to sustainability.
The Muscat-based company has allocated many of its service stations to the scheme, which was inaugurated by the Environment Authority (EA) and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in 2020 on January 8th Oman Environment Day in an effort to preserve wild plants, combat desertification and increase green regions within the Sultanate.
As part of its active Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, OOMCO strives to be the best in charitable, educational, and environmental causes that add value to the community.
Replanting wild trees and mangroves in natural areas will improve the soil, reducing land degradation, and restoring the environment in addition to creating job opportunities through ecotourism, natural parks and agriculture.
“As a leader in the fuel marketing sector, we are always committed to supporting the Sultanate’s long-term sustainability strategies and fostering a green and eco-friendly culture. We’re delighted to be part of the 10 Million Trees initiative, and play our role in the beautification and preservation of our precious natural resources, as well as creating wider economic benefits for local communities.”
Since January 2020, EA was able to plant around 180,000 trees in different governances of Oman in cooperation with different governmental and private sectors and with the support of Oman Oil Marketing Company and other partners to achieve the goal.
Dr. Thuraya Said Al Sariri, Assistant Director-General of Nature at the Environment Authority said, “This initiative aims to combat the deterioration of the Sultanate’s natural flora by providing an ideal environment for local species that are threatened with extinction or those that are under severe pressure through overgrazing, development, climate change, and many other reasons.”
As the Sultanate’s first fuel marketing company to go green and eco-friendly, OOMCO is already proactive in terms of sustainability practices. It currently has seven solar-powered service stations that are connected to the electricity grid, as well as three service stations that have begun to adopt electric vehicle (EV) chargers.
It has also launched Oman’s first green service station in the Rusayl region, which includes solar panels, LED lights, a Vapor Recovery System (VRS), and an electric vehicle charger, among other eco-friendly features.