Archive for April, 2010

The Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre (MEDREC) – About MEDREC

April 15, 2010
Presentation
The Italian Ministry of The Environment and Territory (IMET), the Ministry for Industry and Energy of Tunisia (TMIE) and the Tunisian National Agency for Energy Efficiency (ANME), signed on January 26, 2004 a Memorandum of Understanding for establishing in Tunis a Centre for training, information dissemination, networking and development of pilot projects in the field of renewable energies (MEDREC).
The Partners of the MEDREC are International and Governmental Institutions, working on energy and environmental sustainability, in the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

The Tunis Centre is included in the framework of the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD), a UNEP facilitated knowledge network of developing world Centres of Excellence and network partners, renowned for their activities on energy, development and environment issues.

The mission of MEDREC is to develop regional competencies through the transfer of technologies, the training of human capacities, the dissemination of information in the field of renewable energies (REs) and The enhancement of the positive role of “Tradable Renewable Certificates” (TRECs) and “Certified Emission Reductions” (CERs) in boosting private sector investments in the Region, through:

The promotion and development of projects in the field of REs in the Mediterranean Region.
The deployment of financing sources and mechanisms’ options for the financial support of REs projects.
The networking between the different Countries of the region through the exchange of experiences, the capitalization of the know-how and the transfer of technologies issued from the projects results.
The development of knowledge, the capacity building and the dissemination.

The Centre is managed by a technical director designated by ANME in cooperation with a deputy director designated by IMET.
The technical staff is composed by nine experts, one from each of the Partners’ Countries, two experts from Italy and two experts from UNEP.

Steering Committee

The activities of the Centre are co-ordinated by a Steering Committee which meets twice a year to approve the annual work program, review the progress achieved, analyse and verify the results obtained.

The Steering Committee, currently composed by the Director General of IMET, the Director General of TMIESME, the Director General of ANME, the Director of OME, the Director of UNEP/DTIE, will be extended to all MEDREC partners, including AMTE (Algeria), CDER (Morocco), EGA (Libya), NREA (Egypt)

MEDREP Initiative
The Mediterranean Renewable Energy Programme (MEDREP) was launched as a Type II Initiative at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg by Italy.

The two principal objectives of the programme are:
To provide sustainable energy services particularly to rural populations;
To contribute to the climate change mitigation by increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix of the Region.
In this perspective, the programme aims at developing a sustainable renewable energy market system in the greater Mediterranean Region, through three main sub-projects:
tailoring of financial instruments and mechanisms to support projects;
strengthening of policy frameworks and overcoming of barriers to renewable energy deployment;
building of a stronger private sector infrastructure, considering the positive role of “Tradable Renewable Certificates” and “Certified Emission Reductions”.
These sub-projects aim to strengthen existing networks while favouring the creation of new relations among the main stakeholders within the Mediterranean region.

This piece is taken from the website of The Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre (MEDREC).

See on-line at: http://www.medrec.org/en/about_medrec.php

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Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs: Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency – History

April 14, 2010

The EEAA, established by virtue of law no.4 of the year 1994, is to replace the Agency established by Presidential Decree No. 631 of the year 1982, in all its rights and obligations. The latter Agency ‘s staff are to be transferred to the EEAA with their grades and seniority and are to be assigned to the administrative sectors of the EEAA by a Decree issued by the Agency ‘s Executive Head. 

EEAA, the acronym for the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, was officially launched in 1982.

In June 1997, the responsibility of Egypt’s first full time Minister of State for Environmental Affairs was assigned as stated in the Presidential Decree no.275/1997. From thereon, the new Ministry of Sate for Environmental Affairs (MSEA) has focused, in close collaboration with the national and international development partners, on defining environmental policies, setting priorities and implementing initiatives within a context of sustainable development.

MSEA and EEAA are the highest authority in Egypt responsible for promoting and protecting the environment, and coordinating adequate responses to these issues. 

This piece is taken from the website of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency.

See on-line at: http://www.eeaa.gov.eg/English/main/history.asp

Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs: Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency – About MSEA – EEAA

April 14, 2010
Institutional Framework:  
 
In June 1997, the responsibility of Egypt’s first full time Minister of State for Environmental Affairs was assigned as stated in the Presidential Decree no.275/1997. From thereon, the new ministry has focused, in close collaboration with the national and international development partners, on defining environmental policies, setting priorities and implementing initiatives within a context of sustainable development.
According to the Law 4/1994 for the Protection of the Environment, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) was restructured with the new mandate to substitute the institution initially established in 1982. At the central level, EEAA represents the executive arm of the Ministry.
 

The Principal Functions of the Agency Include: 
. Formulating environmental policies.   
. Preparing the necessary plans for Environmental protection and Environmental development projects, following up their implementation, and undertaking Pilot Projects. 
. The Agency is the National Authority in charge of promoting environmental relations between Egypt and other States, as well as Regional and International Organizations.   

For the Agency to realize its aims it has to undertake the following tasks: 
 
. Preparing draft legislation and decrees related to the fulfillment of its objectives   
. Preparing state of the environment studies and formulating the national plan for environmental protection and related projects.   
. Setting the standards and conditions to which applicants for construction projects must adhere before working on the site and throughout operations   
. Setting the rates and proportions required for the permissible limits of pollutants.   
. Periodically collecting national and international data on the actual state of the environment and recording possible changes.   
. Setting the principles and procedures for mandatory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of projects.   
. Preparing Environmental Contingency Plans and supervising their implementation.   
. Participating in the preparation and implementation of the national and international Environmental  
. Monitoring Programs and employing data and information gained thereof.   
. Establishing Public Environmental Education Programs and assisting in their implementation.   
. Coordinating with other empowered authorities for the control and safe handling of dangerous substances.   
. Managing and supervising the natural reserves of Specially Protected Areas.   
. Following up the implementation stages of International Conventions concerned with the environment.   
. Suggesting an economic mechanism, which encourages the observation of pollution prevention procedures.   
. Implementing pilot projects for the preservation of natural resources and the protection of the environment against pollution.   
. Listing of national establishments and institutions, as well as experts qualified to participate in the preparation and implementation of environmental protection programs, and coordinating measures with the Ministry in charge of international Cooperation to ensure that projects funded by donor organizations and states are compatible with environmental safety.   
. Participating in the preparation of an integrated national plan for the coastal zone management of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea areas.   
. Participating in the preparation of a plan to prevent illegal entry into the country of dangerous and polluting substances and waste.   
. Preparing an annual report on the state of the environment to be submitted to the President and the Cabinet of Ministers.   

The Administrative Council of the Agency is in accordance with the “Environment Act of 1994” composed of the Minister of Environmental Affairs as Chairman and the following as members: 
 
. The Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, who also acts as Vice Chairman.   
. Representatives from the ministries concerned with environmental experts, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the State Council, the Public Business Sector, the Universities and Scientific Research Centers.   

An Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) will in accordance with the “Environment Act of 1994” be set up at the Agency. The Fund will receive the amount specifically allocated to it in the General State Budget by way of support, donations and grants presented by national and foreign organizations concerned with environmental protection, fines and compensation awarded by courts of law or via out-of-court settlements for damage caused to the environment, as well as revenues from the protectorates fund.
The EPF shall have a juridical personality and shall be affiliated to the competent Minister for Environmental Affairs. The financial resources of the Fund shall be exclusively used for the purpose of realizing its objectives. 
 

The Agency will offer incentives to institutions and individuals engaged in activities and projects directed to environmental protection purposes. 

This piece is taken from the website of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency.

See on-line at: http://www.eeaa.gov.eg/English/main/about.asp

Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Co. (SPECO Environment) – Achievements

April 9, 2010
SEPCO Environment is approved and certified by Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME).

SEPCO is the first company in the Middle East specialized in biological waste treatment.

SEPCO has indigenously developed SepcoClave®, a locally manufactured autoclave and a technology approved by (PME) for the treatment of Infectious Medical Waste.

SEPCO is the largest company in the Middle East with respect to the number of plants for biological waste treatment. Already established eight (8) major biological waste treatment plants in Riyadh, Jeddah, Khamis Musheit, Taif, Dammam, Tabuk,      Al-Qaseem and Al-Madinah covering the entire Saudi Arabia. 
 

SEPCO provides advanced biological waste disposal services to more than 1,500 health care facilities in     KSA.
SEPCO has obtained the ISO 14001.
SEPCO acts as an agent and distributor for many reputed international companies and industries in environmental monitoring, pollution control systems and waste treatment systems.

This piece is taken from the website of the Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Co. (SPECO Environment).

See on-line at: http://www.sepcoenvironment.com/achievments.php

Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Co. (SPECO Environment) – Policy

April 9, 2010
Providing an umbrella for the total environmental    security for community.

 Investment in different environmental projects

 The Development and providing of environmental    solutions

 Supremacy in environmental projects utilizing national    workforce

 Continuous development for newly environmental    system

 Following of Local and international guidance and    rules

Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Policy

SEPCO Environment is committed to preserve the worlds natural resources and to society of which we are a part in terms of any environmental impact resulting from our processes.

Our Management Team are committed to:

  • Maintaining a High Profile in leading the Quality and Environmental Awareness Strategy to assure compliance with requirements and continually improve the effectiveness of the Management Systems operated.
  • An ongoing strategy of Continuous Improvement, striving always to ‘better’ previous performance in terms of operational practice and Quality in it’s broadest sense.
  • Prevent all types of pollution through establishing and implementing the necessary environmental programs.
  • Set up the necessary Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety objectives and Programs which can improve internal systems.
  • Comply with applicable Environmental, Health and Safety legislation and other requirements to which the organisation subscribes.
  • Communicate the policy to all interested parties and persons working for or on behalf of the organisation.
  • Identify and provide relevant training to its staff, and give them the opportunity to contribute to the continuous improvement of Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems.
  • Implement progressive health and safety practices that apply risk management and safety principles to our operations.

All managers of SEPCO will, by direction and example, ensure that this policy is understood, implemented and maintained throughout our organisation.

This requires the total involvement and commitment of every employee in the organisation and support by all management in meeting the requirements of our Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Management System according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 together with all Legislation and Codes of Practice relevant to our industry.

Managing Director
 

This piece is taken from the website of the Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Co. (SPECO Environment).

See on-line at: http://www.sepcoenvironment.com/policy.php

Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Co. (SPECO Environment) – About Us

April 9, 2010
Experts in Environmental Activities

Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Company SEPCO Environment has been established in 1997 as a unique company in the field of Environmental Protection. The company specialized initially in Medical Waste Management  which presently SEPCO Environment is the Gulf area leader in this field. We provide biological waste disposal services to more than 4,500 health care facilities (such as hospitals, polyclinics, research centers, etc.) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through analytical and innovative approach. SEPCO Environment focus now on

promoting Environmental Impact Assessments and providing exceptional  solutions to all of the Gulf area for a more safe environment.  
 
 
SEPCO Environment SERVICES INCLUDES
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Environmental consulting and studies.
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Medical and pharmaceutical waste management training, transportation and treatment.
SEPCO Environment EXISTING ACTIVITIES
SEPCO Environment approved and certified by Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) for providing Environmental Impact Assessments (E.I.A.) and  environmental solutions  for  the industrial community.

SEPCO Environment acts as an agent and distributor for companies and industries in environmental monitoring, pollution control systems and waste treatment systems.

SEPCO Environment is currently negotiating joint venture plans to expand its area of coverage with foreign companies in the Middle East including  Gulf countries council (G.C.C.). 
SEPCO Environment has already established eight (8) major biological waste treatment plants in Riyadh, Jeddah, Khamis Musheit, Taif, Dammam, Tabuk, Al-Qaseem and Al-Madinah covering the entire country of Saudi Arabia. SEPCO Environment developed SepcoClave® which is a locally manufactured autoclave and a technology that is approved by (PME) for the treatment of Infectious Medical Waste.
 
SEPCO Environment is pleased to offer to its clients and the society ….
1. Environmental Impact Assessment and Solutions to different types of projects:
These assessments can be applied to a large scale projects like industrial areas (manufacturing plants & factories) or to small communities like homes and schools.
Sample List of E.I.A. done by SEPCO Environment
1. Medical Waste Treatment Plant, Jeddah
2. ARASCO Chemical (ARCHEM), Dammam
3. Medical Waste Treatment Plant, Riyadh
4. SepcoClave machine
5. Medical Waste Treatment Plant, Taif
6. Thermal Oxidation Unit, Jeddah
7. Obhur Beach Villa Offshore Works, Jeddah
2. Pollution Monitoring and Chemical Analyzing Systems:
SEPCO Environment provides Analyzer Technology which measures, monitors and analyzes different pollutants and elements prevalent in environment (Example: laboratories, factory stacks, oil (petrol), liquid, etc.). SEPCO Environment also offers portable and hand held devices for measuring, monitoring and analyzing ambient air, water quality and noise pollution.
3. In the Field of Treatment of different types of Polluted Waste:
We have agreements with engineering companies to develop new technologies in the environmental protection and energy recovery fields. Such activities are as follows:
1. Air Pollution Treatment Technology,
2. Waste Treatment Technology for Industrial Waste (Solid, Liquid, Gas) and Municipal Waste,
3. Energy Recovery Equipments and Systems,
4. Water Treatment Systems.
 

This piece is taken from the website of the Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Co. (SPECO Environment).

See on-line at: http://www.sepcoenvironment.com/aboutus.php

 

 

Arabian Environmental Science Ltd Company (Arensco) – Our Services

April 9, 2010

We provide a wide range of environmental services, spanning high level policy advice for government through to the provision of environmental site supervision on construction projects.
The main service areas are set out in the following pages.  Individual specialist topics are also provided, including:

  • Air quality
  • Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
  • Contamination Studies
  • Coastal Planning
  • Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Health
  • Landscape Assessment and Landscape Architecture
  • Material Resources and Waste Management (including energy resources)
  • Marine Resources
  • Noise Assessments
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Transport and Traffic Assessment
  • Water Resources.

 

Environmental Outsourcing

 

Manufacturing premises in Saudi Arabia are required to control their environmental emissions and waste management systems in accordance with the Saudi legislation. This will include periodic reporting of environmental performance to the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) who have the powers to fine or close down operations which do not meet the environmental standards.

In addition, the need to be operating and developing in a sustainable manner is becoming increasingly important in maintaining global competitiveness.

Large companies can afford a full time dedicated Environmental Officer to ensure the companies activities are compliant and sustainable. For Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s) this is less affordable. Arensco has developed a service which allow you to have a dedicated environmental specialist working as part of your team but with reduced costs.

For additional information please contact Mr. Alam Nizami.

This piece is taken from the website of the Arabian Environmental Science Ltd Company (Arensco).

See on-line at: http://www.arensco.com/index.asp?ActionID=5&LANGUAGE=ENG 

Arabian Environmental Science Ltd Company (Arensco) – About Arensco

April 9, 2010

Arensco is a Saudi Arabian based company providing quality environmental services and consultancy to individuals, companies and Government Ministries throughout the Kingdom.

Our blend of Saudi National and Overseas specialists mean we offer services based on International Standards, but with local knowledge. We believe this approach provides both In Kingdom and International clients the quality and professionalism expected.

Our reputation is built upon our desire to provide quality services while meeting agreed deadlines and keeping to budget.

The services we offer are wide ranging and are provided across many sectors. You will find additional information on these pages, both in English and Arabic. These pages provide an overview of who we are and what we do, for additional information please contact us.

This piece is taken from the website of the Arabian Environmental Science Ltd Company (Arensco).

See on-line at: http://www.arensco.com/

Environmental Technology & Management Association – About Us

April 9, 2010

The Environmental Technology and Management Association (ETMA) is the Saudi Arabian Section of the Air and Waste Management Association (SAS-A&WMA). ETMA became the first international section of the association in 1993 and currently has approximately 80 members. The goals of A&WMA are to promote technology exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education and outreach events.

About eight newsletters are produced and widely distributed by ETMA each year, which contain local news as well as information from A&WMA headquarters. Technical meetings are generally held bimonthly, with presentations and field trips on a variety of environmental topics. A specialty conference entitled “Environmental Progress in the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries” is held every 2-3 year in Bahrain. Additional educational activities are planned.

ETMA has an executive board composed of 4 officers, 4 directors, and one past-Chair. The board members serve 2-year terms of office and meet regularly to handle section business. For a list of the current board members, click here.

Two excellent journals are produced by A&WMA headquarters. The Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association and EM, the Magazine for Environmental Managers. Both of these are now available online through the A&WMA Website. A&WMA also offers a large selection of technical books and educational materials, as well as conferences; short courses, workshops and satellite seminars.

This piece is taken from the website of the Environmental Technology & Management Association.

See on-line at: http://www.etma-sa.org/aboutus.html

Saudi Arabian Water Environment Association – Board Members

April 9, 2010
Executive Board Members
Mohammad Al-Abdulatif
President
Currently serving as a Technical Advisor for the Saudi ARAMCO Utilities Department.  22 years with Saudi ARAMCO Education: Associates in Environmental Management – Utah Valley State University
E-mail: Mohammad.Abdulatif@aramco.com

Abdulhamid Al-Mansour
Director
Mr. Abdulhamid Al Mansour has received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1976 and M.S. Engineering Management from North Eastern University, Boston, USA in 1980.He joined Saudi Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) in the year 1977 and started as a Mechanical Engineer, then he was appointed in 1980 as Project Manager for Al-Jubail Desalination & Power Complex. He was appointed in 1984 as the Director General of SWCC, Eastern province branch.Mr. Al-Mansour was elected in 1996 as a Director in the International Desalination Association Board of Directors and in 2003 he was elected as the President of the association for a two years term.  Since 2006, Mr. Al-Mansour joined Saudi Tabreed District Cooling Company (CJSC) as CEO.
E-mail: AAlMansour@sauditabreed.com
David G Evan
Vice President and WEF Delegate
David Evans is a licensed water treatment plant operator, a licensed wastewater treatment plant operator, and a licensed professional engineer.  He has designed and commissioned over 20 water and wastewater treatment plants.
E-mail: david.evans.1@aramco.com
William Conner
Treasurer
Environmental Engineering Consulting working in the Wastewater Unit of the Environmental Protection Department of Saudi Aramco. Education: BS Chemical Engineering – BYU MBA – St. Ambrose University Licensed  P.E.;  Iowa & Louisiana QEP & DEE Environmental Certifications
E-mail: william.conner@aramco.com
Mark Graner
Secretary / Senior Membership coordinator
Currently serving as a Technical Advisor for the Saudi ARAMCO Utilities Department.  Previous positions with Siemens Water Technologies, Veolia, Vivendi, and USFilter.Education: BS Engineering – United States Military Academy MS Hazardous waste Management – Southern Methodist university
E-mail: Mark.graner@aramco.com
 
General Board Members
 
Mohammed Abu Naiyan
Past President
E-mail: Mohammed.bunaiyan@aramco.com
Mohammed Al-Hajri
Media coordinator
Currently, serving as an environmental engineer for the Saudi Aramco Environmental Protection Department.  Previous position with Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation. Education: BS Chemical Engineering – KFUPM. MS Environmental Engineering –Colorado State University
E-mail: mohammad.hajri.56@aramco.com
Thamer Al-Mutari
Events coordinator
Abdullah A. Al-Ammar
Web master

Currently working as Technical coordinator for wastewater and drinking water treatment plant for Saudi Aramco Utilities Department. He worked as a DCS Operator in Petrochemical Facilities at SABIC. Education: B.S Chemical Engineering, KFUPM A.D Chemical Engineering & Process Technology, JIC

E-mail: Abdullah.Ammar.1@Aramco.Com
Nidhal S. Dossary
Membership coordinator

Currently working for Saudi Aramco on Technical Support Division of Utilities Department. Previous positions serving as the Supervisor, Water and Sanitary Operations Unit, Saudi ARAMCO Utilities Department.  Previous positions with Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation. Education: BA in Chemistry University of Toledo – Ohio, USA

E-mail: Nidhal.dossary@aramco.com
Mahmoud Al-Moaikel
Corporate Membership coordinator

Currently serving as the Supervisor, Water and Sanitary Operations Unit, Saudi ARAMCO Utilities Department.  Previous positions with Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation. Education: Associates in Environmental Management – Utah Valley State University

E-mail: mahmoud.moaikel@aramco.com
Subhi Aama
General Board Member
Greg Welch
General Board Members
Ali Al-Jeshi
General Board Members
David Husen
General Board Member
After graduation from UCLA with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Dave began his professional career providing project engineering services to Saudi Aramco in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia.  Upon his return to the United States, he began a 20-year career focused on water treatment solutions for the Oil & Gas industries, first with UNOCAL Oil Company, then later with USFilter which became Siemens Water Technologies.  Dave is currently Director of Siemens Water Technologies in Saudi Arabia, headquartered in Al Khobar.  Dave is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in the State of California, a professional member of AIChE
E-mail: David.Husen@siemens.com

This piece is taken from the website of the Saudi Arabian Water Environment Association.

See on-line at: http://www.sawea.org/board_members.aspx