SABIC initiatives provide concrete examples of Saudi progress on sustainability ADSW

16 Jan 2017SABIC initiatives provide concrete examples of Saudi progress on sustainability ADSW

SABIC bolstered Saudi Arabia’s participation in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) by providing the delegation with information about several up-and-running initiatives that are helping to promote the Kingdom’s reputation as a regional leader in responsible and sustainable development.

"Saudi Arabia is quickly emerging as a regional leader in sustainability,” said Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO, who is leading the company’s delegation. “At SABIC, we are proud that some of our most important initiatives have helped progress on this journey, including the Home of InnovationTM, which is promoting sustainable downstream development, and the world’s largest CO2 utilization plant.”

“Examples such as these not only prove that Saudi Arabia places a great importance on sustainable development, but also that we have been working hard for many years to put practical solutions in place. This is ‘Chemistry that MattersTM’ to the long-term health of our society.”

The SABIC delegation is attending Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in Masdar City on “Global Action Day”, January 16, and the “World Future Energy Summit” from January 17 to 19.

ADSW is a global platform to address the interconnected challenges that affect the widespread acceleration and adoption of sustainable development and clean energy. The Saudi delegation is building on the Gulf Cooperation Council’s highly successful participation in the United Nations’ Conference of Parties (COP22), held in Morocco in November.

Saudi Arabia is a “country of focus” for the event because of its emerging regional sustainability leadership role as highlighted in the Saudi Vision 2030 and its advances in renewable energy. On January 17, Saudi delegates will highlight the country’s major initiatives during two panel discussions. Fahad Al-Sherehy, Leader, SABIC T&I, will represent the company during the panel entitled “Transforming the Energy Sector in Saudi Arabia to Enable Vision 2030.”

Sustainable SABIC initiatives showcased at the event include the Home of InnovationTM, a project to foster downstream development through collaboration and innovation. The facility includes a demonstration house, designed to achieve net-zero energy in the demanding climatic conditions of Saudi Arabia. SABIC achieved this efficiency by integrating innovative solutions in collaboration with industry-leading partners.

The home has over 200 advanced systems, materials, and products, including many that reduce energy and water use. If all homes in Saudi Arabia were as efficient as the Demonstration House it would reduce CO2 emissions by the equivalent of six coal-fired power plants.

SABIC has also built the world’s largest CO2 capture and utilization plant at its manufacturing affiliate United in Jubail. The plant is designed to capture up to 500,000 tons of CO2 from the production of ethylene glycol annually, before purifying and distributing it to a network of affiliates to produce valuable products such as fertilizers. The project reduces emissions while increasing efficiency and lowering costs.

Featuring prominently at the conference are SABIC’s qualified sustainability solutions, which create less CO2 emissions than traditional materials during production or save more in other lifecycle phases. They include a wide range of solutions for use in transportation, construction, medical devices, electrical and electronics, clean energy, packaging, and agri-nutrients. These solutions pass suitability benefits to customers by enabling the creation of productions that are lighter, stronger, thinner, more durable, better insulated, or more easily manufactured.

Last year, SABIC’s manufacturing operations utilized 3.3 million tons of CO2. The company is on target to meet ambitious targets to reduce green-house gas, energy, and water intensities by 25 percent, and material loss intensity by 50 percent by 2025—from levels in 2010.

Al-Benyan said: “Sustainability is helping SABIC to emerge as a global leader in the petrochemicals industry. Embedding sustainable practices in our global operations has resulted in many benefits such as energy savings, improved resource efficiency, technological innovation and cost savings.”

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