Kennedy Gwanga, the Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Quality (HSSEQ) Manager at Vivo Energy Uganda, recently appeared on the NBS Breakfast meeting to discuss Vivo Energy’s involvement in environmental sustainability.
One of their notable initiatives in this realm is their active participation in the Taasa Obutonde campaign, which emphasizes the importance of the three Rs: Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle. This campaign has significantly raised public awareness about plastic management and suggested viable alternatives to mitigate the environmental impact, among other things.
As Vivo Energy strives to become Africa’s most respected energy business, its commitment to health, safety, and the environment is at the forefront of its operations. They have set their sights on achieving what they call “goal zero,” meaning that they aim to conduct their activities without causing any harm to the environment, people, or assets they work with. This goal aligns perfectly with their dedication to environmental sustainability.
One of the main concerns in the energy industry is the management of hydrocarbons, which can be highly hazardous to the environment. Recognizing the gravity of this issue, Vivo Energy hopes that regulators can bring together stakeholders to develop a collaborative approach to manage hydrocarbon spills effectively. By fostering cooperation and implementing comprehensive measures, they aim to minimize the negative impact on the environment.
They implement stringent controls and adhere to international best practices to ensure the highest environmental protection standards. Before undertaking any new activities, they engage with relevant agencies such as the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to conduct thorough assessments and adopt good practices that safeguard the environment. This proactive approach demonstrates their commitment to responsible and sustainable operations.
At their service stations, Vivo Energy provides designated waste collection points, encouraging customers to responsibly dispose of their waste instead of littering plastic across the city. This initiative promotes cleanliness and minimizes the environmental footprint associated with plastic waste. Furthermore, Shell retail shops have taken a step further by offering alternatives to single-use plastic. Instead of plastic bags, they provide paper bags as a more sustainable option, reducing the consumption of single-use plastics.
Vivo Energy’s involvement in the Taasa Obutonde campaign and its comprehensive environmental sustainability efforts exemplify its dedication to preserving the environment.