are committed to protecting the environment, respecting our neighbors, and
helping the world move toward a lower-carbon future. Unipetrol has a long
tradition of activities focused on environmental protection and only in 2018,
it has spent more than 1 billion Kč on such projects (6.7 billion Kč over the
past five years). Our investments in the petrochemical segment fit into the
European and global megatrends related to the development of alternative fuel
vehicles. We are making relevant strategic investments in anticipation of the
challenges that lie ahead of us in the coming decades. Apart from big scope
investment projects like e-mobility and alternative fuels, we search for
socially innovative solutions that would provide similar results. Both Unipetrol
Centre for Research and Education (UniCRE), and our employees explore
environmentally friendly improvements.
Our investments in the petrochemical segment fit into the European and global megatrends related to the development of alternative fuel vehicles. We are making relevant strategic investments in anticipation of the challenges that lie ahead of us in the coming decades. Apart from big scope investment projects like e-mobility and alternative fuels, we search for socially innovative solutions that would provide similar results. Both Unipetrol Centre for Research and Education (UniCRE), and our employees explore environmentally friendly improvements.
Every year, we spend more than a billion crowns on environmental, health and work safety. We are continuously modernising our production, optimising energy intensity, reducing the volume of emissions and waste materials and, in cooperation with the Czech Ministry of Finance, eliminating old environmental liabilities. Over the last ten years, the volume of our emissions into waste water has already dropped by 83%, and the volume of emissions into the air by 70%.
Environmental protection and a responsible approach are two of our priorities. In 1999, we signed up for the worldwide Responsible Business in Chemistry (Responsible Care) programme. We have repeatedly renewed our commitments resulting from the implementation of the programme and the Chemical Industry Association (SCHP ČR) has repeatedly given us the right to use the programme logo. Reports on our implementation of Responsible Care are discussed annually with representatives of trade unions and the local and regional authorities.
We are committed to comply with the requirements of compliance regulations, codes and legal requirements and we are approved to the following standards:
- ISO 9001 – QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (QMS)
- ISO 14001 – ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS)
- ISO 50001 – ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EnMS)
- OHSAS 18001 – SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (HSMS) (transition to new HSMS ISO 45001 in 2020)
- ISO 26000 – GLOBAL GUIDANCE STANDARD ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Detailed information on the status and development of the environmental impact of the Group's activities is published annually in Unipetrol's Joint Report on Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Protection (until 2006 entitled the Joint Environmental Report). A list of all the reports is shown on the right of this page.
Representatives of the Unipetrol Group also inform the public about the impact of individual plants on the surrounding environment at meetings of the municipal councils of neighbouring towns. We also organise Open Days and meetings with mayors of the region, where we also inform people about our environmental activities.
Environmental protection and citizens' awareness in the regions of our refineries are also implemented in cooperation with the Environmental Centre in Most
and the Environmental Centre in Kralupy nad Vltavou
. Their activities with the support of our group date back to 2000. The mission of both centres is the active and objective provision of information on the environment and the settlement of complaints from the public, including environmental education.
In cooperation with local fishermen, we fund the periodic releasing of fish into the Bílina and Elbe rivers. Working with North Bohemian fishermen, since 2010 we have released eight tons of original fish species into the Bílina’s waters to a total value of 700 thousand crowns. Since 2013, the fishermen have released over 2,000 kg of fish ino the Elbe River.
Alongside the Alka Wildlife association, we care for peregrine falcons which nest in the production facilities in Litvínov, Kralupy and Neratovice. Currently, two nesting boxes are located on the chimneys of the heating plant and the ethylene unit
in Záluží near Litvínov, another on the chimney of the refinery in Kralupy nad Vltavou and the last on the chimney in Spolana Neratovice. Since 2011, 30 young falcons have hatched in our production plants.
At our subsidiary, Spolana Neratovice, we not only care about environmental protection but also support its development. The area surrounding the production site, especially the clearing tank, is a sought-after haven for many protected and endangered animal species. The presence of the Eurasian otter, Eurasian teal, common kingfisher and river trout, i.e. animals highly sensitive to the quality of the environment, confirms the cleanliness of the site. Since 2018, we have looked after our bee hives located on the site of the old chocolate and saccharin production site and regularly bottle flower honey of excellent quality, as confirmed by tests run by the accredited laboratory of the Bee Research Institute.
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