UAE takes an interest in the environment

In an environmental seminar next month, BP will look to address the issues of increasing energy sources without damaging the environment in the UAE

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By  Charlotte McDonald Published  January 31, 2001

BP’s vice president for environmental affairs, Kathryn Shanks, will be addressing the world’s top scientists and professionals attending the Environment 2001 Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi next month. The event will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan and aims to bring together groups that are interested in the global environment and sustainable development.

“The world’s need for energy is growing. To play a leading role in meeting these needs without damaging the environment is BP’s goal,” said Shanks. “At the core of our policy on health, safety and the environment are the goals of no accidents, no harm to people and no damage to the environment. BP is taking positive action on climate change and implementing a strategy to protect and enhance biodiversity at key facilities wherever we operate.”

Groups at the conference are to include international institutions, agencies, industry and environmental organisations and non-governmental organisations. They will be told about BP’s policy on the environment and projects BP is involved in. Shanks is particularly interested in finding workable solutions that translate policy into progress and is keen on applying this concept to the use of solar panels, to power BP Connect service stations, to develop cleaner fuels and to implement programmes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The event will provide the different groups with an opportunity to display their capabilities in solving environmental problems and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum will be offering an international prize worth $1,000,000 for the best environmental project. Areas judged will include marine and land protection, water safety, agriculture and improving human hygiene.

Environmental ministers from around the globe are also invited to speak on their countries’ progress and plans for the environment. The achievements and experiences of the UAE in environment and conservation will also be examined.

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