Archive for February, 2011

Oman Cement Company – The Quality Policy (February 28, 2010)

February 28, 2011

HEALTH, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT POLICY

POLICY STATEMENT

Oman Cement Company (S.A.O.G) is committed to:

  Protect the health and safety of its staff, its contractor’s employees affected by its activities.
  Protect the environment in which it operates, minimize pollution and seek improvements in the use of natural resources.

The Company will:

  Comply with applicable laws, regulations, standards and procedures of Sultanate of Oman and apply more stringent standards and procedures where it is considered to do so;
  Provide a safe and healthy work place for its staff and where appropriate, its contractor’s employees;
  Focus on promoting health awareness through education and minimize the risk of adverse health effects due to work environment.
  Support and promote a high standard preventive and curative health care and execution of occupational and public health programs.
  Work towards accident free environment.
  Reduce waste generation and contamination of air, water and land.
  Dispose off unavoidable waste in safe and environmental friendly way.
  Promote awareness in all the employees about HSE impacts of their activities and the objectives of this policy.
  Undertake reviews to ensure compliance to this policy and continual improvement in health, safety and environmental performance.
  Provide the policy to interested parties and will review it periodically.

This piece is taken from the website of Oman Cement Company.

See on-line at: http://www.omancement.com/envQ.htm

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Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC – Management Systems

February 28, 2011

Al-Majal specializes in the implementation and development of Management System. Management Systems have been developed to satisfy the growing needs of business to adopt a more formalized approach to effective, efficient and eco-friendly business practices. They provide a frame work for companies to set objectives, targets, implement systems and report on environmental performance.

Our services include certification in ISO9001, ISO 14001, ISO18001, ISO20000, ISO22000, ISO26000, EMAS among others.

There are many forces currently driving organizations to improve their sustainability performance. The introduction of Management Systems can assist companies to achieve such benefits through providing expert advice and consistent client contact throughout the systems development and implementation process and provide the following potential benefits:

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      • Compliance with the environmental legislations
      • Reduction in energy and resource consumption.
      • Reduce legal liability
      • Improving the understanding of current and future needs
      • Environmental compliance programs
      • Gap analysis to establish status against selected EMS standards.
      • Development of policies, procedures, planning and documentation.
      • Competitive advantage from increased marketability.
      • Benchmarking management against industry competitors.
      • Formulation of Environmental Policy.
      • Very Good Environmental Planning
      • Environmental Corrective Action
      • Management Review.
      • Prevention of pollution

This piece is taken from the website of Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC.

See on-line at: http://www.almajalenv.com/services4.html

Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC – Environmental Consultancy

February 28, 2011

Al Majal offers a full range of environmental consultancies which forms the core program of the company. Its environmental consultancy services are listed below:

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) & Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA).

  • Minimizes Environmental Impacts
  • Development of EIA/ IIA for any project.
  • Development of Environmental Management Plans (EMP).
  • Development of Environmental Mitigation Plans.
  • Development of Environmental Monitoring Programs.
  • Integrated Management Strategies.

 

Environmental Auditing.

  • Projects Environmental Auditing.
  • ISO14000 Compliance Auditing.
  • Development of Auditing Plans.
  • Ensure Compliance with all applicable Legislations.

 

Environmental Legal Compliance

  • Environmental permitting processes
  • Environmental Monitoring

This piece is taken from the website of Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC.

See on-line at: http://www.almajalenv.com/services3.html

Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC – Sustainable Development Solutions

February 28, 2011

Rapid growth is posing serious threats to the country’s natural resources and cultural heritage. At present the energy demand of the country has increased to meet the requirements of the construction, tourism and manufacturing sectors. Underneath the growth and opportunities, the waste output of the country has also risen significantly. The country is consistently challenged by water scarcity being in one of the driest regions of the world. There is also a big problem posed by a growing population which is requiring more resources and more energy. There are on-going initiatives to undertake expanded seawater desalination through central desalination plants however the desalination process requires energy or fossil fuel that contributes massive greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.
These are just some of the challenges to the country’s steady growth. The recent incidences of water scarcity and power outage are signs that the country should address efficiency measures to conserve its resources, especially oil and water. Al Majal offers the following practical but highly effective measures

  • Water, Energy Resource Audit
  • Practical Water Saving solutions (retrofits, WSD, waterless urinals…)
  • Waste Paper Recycling Program Collection; Waste Management Solutions
  • Eco-friendly products and construction solutions
  • Start Up CSR activities (starting a CSR initiative)

This piece is taken from the website of Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC.

See on-line at: http://www.almajalenv.com/services1.html

Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC – Green Building Solutions

February 28, 2011

Al Majal announces its contribution to the advent of sustainable construction in Oman with the introduction of an in-country LEED consultancy that supports sustainable Green Building Practices through the entire Life-Cycle of a project which considers its economic and environmental impact and performance.

Through innovative designs, green building practices offer the opportunity for stakeholders to create environmentally-sound and resource-efficient buildings. Green buildings offers resource conservation, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation features; consider environmental impacts and waste minimization; create a healthy and comfortable environment; reduce operation and maintenance costs; and address issues such as historical preservation, access to public transportation and other community infrastructure systems.

United Nations Environmental Program released the report Buildings and Climate Change, stating 30-40% of energy worldwide is consumed in what is known as the Life-Cycle (the design, construction, operation and demolition) of a building. This report confirms that addressing the energy use of the built environment could contribute significantly in reducing our energy demand and consequently reduce our carbon emissions.

Al Majal has  LEED accredited experts to undertake education, consultation, management and marketing of LEED projects to meet your needs as they relate to green building.

We draw from our wisdom and knowledge on sustainable development and construction to help your company identify and implement the most cost-effective and environmentally-responsible green building strategies.

  • Green Building/LEED Program
  • Green Building Education
  • Renewable Energy Systems Analysis
  • LEED Project Management
  • Corporate Sustainability Planning
  • Energy Modeling

This piece is taken from the website of Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC.

See on-line at: http://www.almajalenv.com/services2.html

Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC – Strategy

February 28, 2011

Vision
A sustainable built and natural environment for current and future generations of the people of the Sultanate of Oman and the planet.
Organizational Vision:
A professional socially responsible organization composed of highly-skilled individuals, working in partnership with other development stakeholders in ensuring a sustainable future for Oman and beyond.
Working with Al Majal will have a dramatic impact on your company’s socio-economic and environmental performance, in various ways. As a partner, you can expect the following:

  • Increased Revenue
  • Reduced Operation Costs
  • Dramatically Diminished Risk
  • Increased Brand Value + Recognition

 

Mission
To provide the most effective strategies and solutions to current sustainability challenges striking the proper balance between the interests of society, environment and economy.
To uphold the principles of CSR, good governance and all other facets of sustainable development in all Al Majal products and services.

To become a leader in environmental consultancy in the country and the region.
Goals

  • To offer efficient and cost-effective environmental solutions to clients on any given context
  • To eliminate or reduce in unacceptable environmental or financial risk and liabilities, and on the management and reduction of these risks.
  • To contribute to solving the environmental challenges of the country through Al Majal products and services
  • To work in close coordination with clients and partners in designing and implementing solutions in accordance to their own business strategies
  • To adhere to highest ethical standards in all Al Majal products and services
  • To provide the best possible workplace environment and financial rewards to Al Majal professionals

 

Values
Sustainability. Believes in the pursuit of sustainable development. Beyond compliance, companies could display volunteerism and unmatched leadership in the fight against the most pressing challenges the world is currently facing, like global warming, desertification loss of biodiversity and rapid depletion of resources.

Cradle-to-cradle Principle. Al Majal believes a new way of thinking is needed, one that challenges different sectors to think in terms of a closed-loop cycle or processes involving a cradle-to-cradle principle.

Corporate Social Responsibility. Al Majal has confidence on the corporate sector to work in partnership with government, NGOs, other concerned groups and the community in addressing the most pressing challenges the country is facing. With its resources and influence, the corporate sector has a critical role to play in ensuring a sustainable future. The corporate sector could lead in this campaign. It is its corporate social responsibility.

Best Solutions.  Al Majal shall ensure that it delivers the best solution to each assignment as a result of scientific processes, strategic thinking, good judgment and cost-efficiency measures.

This piece is taken from the website of Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC.

See on-line at: http://www.almajalenv.com/Strategy.html

Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC – About Us

February 28, 2011

The GCC is currently experiencing economic growth never before seen in its history. This growth offers numerous opportunities for the people of the region and for expatriates. Growth requires resources and energy to meet demands of markets. As a result Oman is expanding both horizontally and vertically.
However, growth is also posing serious threats to the country’s natural resources and cultural heritage. Al Majal recognizes these challenges.
Al Majal believes and promotes Corporate Social Responsibility as a way of addressing social and environmental challenges that come with economic growth. The company’s overall strategy and programs are designed to help promote and achieve sustainability in all sectors.
Al Majal joins a growing number of responsible organizations who believe that a key factor in achieving sustainability is by addressing the triple bottom line of society, environment and economy.
Al Majal aims to partner with individuals, companies, concerned groups and the community at large in meeting the challenges brought upon by economic growth through environmental solutions and overall environmental protection. It aims to be a leading company in environmental best practices while partnering with other companies in addressing their sustainability concerns.
Al Majal is an indigenous organization of Oman, for Oman.

This piece is taken from the website of Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC.

See on-line at: http://www.almajalenv.com/about.html

Shell Development Oman LLC – Environment

February 28, 2011

Shell demonstrated its contribution to the conservation of Oman through the implementation of new environmental projects. Placing an emphasis on the importance of environmental issues within the Omani community, Shell supported such projects as a book entitled “Marine Life in Arabian Seas”, as well as educating schoolchildren through theatre performances on the importance of saving the planet through recycling. The Shell Development Oman is also a member of the Environmental Society of Oman with a view to providing assistance and contribution to organisation that are dedicated to the environment.

Workshop on The Use of Energy & CO2

On June 2008 The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs jointly with Shell Development Oman organised a workshop on ‘The Use of Energy and Carbon Dioxide (CO2): Towards Environmentally Sustainable Development’. Representatives from key organisations in Oman, including both Government and industries, who are part of and/or responsible for tackling environmental issues attended.

The workshop focused on regulatory and technological options currently being developed elsewhere and discussed their applicability to Oman. Moreover it created an understanding of the emerging energy supply and demand patterns in the world and how the role of industries’ governments’ and individuals’ behaviour will shape those patterns. The participants also discussed the options available to mitigate the harmful effects of increased CO2 emissions.

The Environment Curriculum

The Ministry of Education, the Environment Society of Oman and Shell are currently working on preparing the ‘Environment Education Document in the Omani Curriculum’. The objective of carrying out this initiative is to help educate school children and their families by incorporating environment related topics into the current curriculum used in public and private schools to improve awareness of environmental issues and become actively involved in conservation. It involves partnership with different organisations to foster cooperation between the government, NGOs and the private sector to promote conservation of Oman’s natural environment.

Marine Life in Arabian Seas

Written by Robert Baldwin, the “Marine Life in Arabian Seas” was sponsored by Shell Development Oman and aims to provide an understanding of Oman’s rich environment.

The book also attempts to portray a range of marine life that in both representative of, and peculiar to Arabian seas, through a collection of photographs taken in waters bounding the Arabian peninsula, including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Arabian sea, Gulf of Aden and Red sea.

Environment Society of Oman

In recognition of Oman’s unique habitat and landscapes, blessed with pristine beaches and coral reefs; high mountains and breathtaking deserts sands, Shell became a member of the Environmental Society of Oman in 2008.

Through its membership, Shell has aimed to raise public awareness of environmental issues and encourage active research into many aspects of the Sultanate’s environment in order to provide the necessary information for conservation and education initiatives. Helping to conserve Oman’s natural heritage is also a priority for Shell’s membership.

Whales & Dolphins of Arabia Book

In one of the world’s most rapidly developing regions, the future of whales and dolphins in Arabia is dependent upon our understanding their of conservation needs. Careful stewardship of the marine environment in which they live, as well as protection of the many populations of whales and dolphins themselves, is critical to their continued survival.

This book, which Shell Development Oman is pleased to be associated with, is a valuable contribution to Shell’s awareness, knowledge and appreciation of whales and dolphins of Arabia. And Shell hopes that it will inspire readers to participate more actively in their protection and to continue to discover more about a fascinating part of the region’s natural heritage. This book were issued in 2003.

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Arabian Leopard Project

The Arabian leopard Panthera pardus nimr, or nimr in Arabic, is the largest surviving carnivore in the Arabian Peninsula. It is ten times rarer than the Giant Panda. Jabal Samhan, proposed as a protected area in 1986, was declared a Nature Reserve for Arabian Leopard by Royal Decree 48/97 in June 1997.

Shell Development Oman sponsored the studies made to save this kind of animals through a sponsorship of maps made to locate these leopards in different areas of Oman so the project people can looked after them and save them.

Middle East Research Centre

The Middle East Desalination Research Centre (MEDRC) research programme is designed to address Middle East and North Africa (MENA) desalination needs across seven technical research topics and related communication and training areas.

The centre is especially interested in projects which have a multi-national and multi-institutional element. For more information about the centre, please contact the centre projects@medrc.org.om

This piece is taken from the website of Shell Development Oman LLC.

See on-line at: http://www.shell.com/home/content/sdo/environment_society/shell_in_the_society/social_investment/environment/environment.html

Shell Oman – Environment

February 28, 2011

Managing environmental impacts

Shell Oman conducts continous Environmental Site Assessment and monitoring works for the underground water contaminated retail sites. Spills of oil and oil products can harm the environment and put our employees and neighbouring communities at risk. While spills from oil tankers attract the most public attention, they are rare. At our operations, we have been steadily reducing the amount of oil and oil products spilled for reasons we can control, like corrosion or operational failures.

The Company Participated in, and sponsored, several environmental events. Among others, the Company plays a role in the Oman Environment Day, the Coral Reef Cleaning Initiative, etc.

Shell Oman enrolled onto the Ambient Air Emission Monitoring Programme for Mina Al-Fahal Area supervised by PDO.

This piece is taken from the website of Shell Oman.

See on-line at: http://www.shelloman.com.om/home/content/omn-en/environment_society/respecting_the_environment/

Walda Environmental Consultancy – Our Mission

February 24, 2011
Proud that we are one of few firms in Libya that offer environmental consultancy services. Helping our clients to help the environment in Libya and elsewhere, based in Misurata – Libya since 2004 and approved by the Environment General Authority in Libya (EGA).

The office is founded and directed by Dr. W. Walda who is considered as one of the pioneers in Libya.

Dr. W. Walda, was graduated with a first degree (BSc.) in Environmental studies in 1991. During (1992-1995) Dr. Walda worked as an environmental advisor to the Ports Authority in Libya. He had his Masters degree (MSc.) in 1996 majoring in Integrated Environmental studies from  the University of Southampton in the UK.

In 2003 Dr. Walda had his Doctorate degree (PhD.) in oil pollution from the University of Southampton in the UK. Beside his main post as a lecturer at the university, he works now as a consultant to the Environment General Authority (EGA) reviewing EIAs and providing technical advice.

He also conducted several training courses in pollution control and environmental assessment and contributed to several studies as an independent consultant with many international consultancy firms such as DNV–Norway.

Our team and friends:

Studies are conducted through a team of experts in different science disciplines such as hydrology, biology, ecology, geography and chemistry.

Based on respect and transparency we have built good ties with several institutions both in governmental and private sectors in Libya. Some of our experts work on regular basis as consultants to several institutions providing technical assistance.  Good network of friends is always helpful.

This piece is taken from the website of the Walda Environmental Consultancy.

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