Climate and Environment

Climate and Environment

As a major player in the petroleum industry, we play a vital role in combatting climate change. Recognizing our responsibilities to the world, we are making technology investments in recycling, waste management, and energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions within our operations and creating a sustainable environment.

Key Role in Reducing Emissions

We're scaling up our business model for clean energy step by step. We implement leading-edge environmental sustainability practices, particularly emission reductions, into our business processes.
We closely monitor all developments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions on domestic and international platforms. We perfectly comply with the reduction objectives set by the Sustainable Development Committee of SOCAR Türkiye and its group companies.
We are determined to reduce our absolute emissions from our operations by 40% by 2035 and reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. Our short-term goal is to reduce emissions by 1% annually by 2025.
We regularly monitor and report on our greenhouse gas emissions as part of our reduction targets. We are guided by legal regulations in our calculations and communicate the results to the relevant authorities. We can therefore monitor the percentage of compliance with our emissions every month.

High Efficiency in Energy

We help strengthen compliance with energy laws and improve energy efficiency globally. We regularly renew our ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification, issued under accredited institutions' supervision.
We develop innovative methods for reducing energy consumption in our operations. Among these, “Operating the Air Compressor in No-Load Mode in the Air Generating Unit” is crucial. With this application we started in 2021, we saved 5,154 MW of energy by switching the electric compressor operating in the instrument air production area to no-load mode. In this way, we have successfully reduced CO2 emissions by 4000 tons.

Target Zero Waste

We evaluate our waste through the "waste management hierarchy," which includes prevention, reuse, reduction, recycling, and disposal steps. We regularly renew the 'Zero Waste Certificate', which we received under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, with our strategic activities, such as improving seawater quality, reducing environmental pollution, and recycling waste.
The production, consumption, and service phases covered by the Zero Waste Management System include: Preventing or minimizing waste generation, giving priority to reuse, using resources efficiently, collecting the waste separately at the source, and reducing the amount of waste to be disposed of by recycling. In 2021, we recycled 21,820 tons of waste in total.

Conservation of Natural Resources

Our goal is to minimize the impacts of our activities on biodiversity. Starting with the building process, we work with the same conscience and determination to protect natural resources.
We implemented the Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Program, which was designed as part of the Marine Biodiversity Management Plan, while establishing our port. At the same time, with support from Dokuz Eylul University, we conducted a pioneering study on seagrass protection followed by periodic censuses. We regularly monitored the habitats of Posidonia Oceanica, a marine plant native to the region, and prevented the eventual decline of their habitats.
We aim to prevent any spillage of oil or chemicals that could end up in groundwater and the sea. Prior to loading and unloading, we surround vessels approaching our dock with barricades. Potential spills from ships are minimized by barriers in this pre-boom procedure, and their spread into the receiving environment is avoided.

Energy efficiency studies at RPBU in 2023

As SOCAR Türkiye RPBU, we base our energy activities on respect for people and the environment by focusing on protecting our natural environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions with minimum environmental impact. In this context, waste is reduced and the recycling rate is increased. The use of natural resources is reduced, proactive management is adopted at every point, and domestic and renewable resources are given priority with a sustainable development and growth policy.
Energy supply and demand balance is created with an energy strategy that optimizes technological, economic, social and environmental factors; raw materials, products and services are supplied and used in an energy efficient manner; energy performance is taken into consideration in the design of our facilities, systems and processes.
A successful strategic energy management plan sets goals, progress and reports results while building long-term relationships with energy users and targeting persistent energy savings. Effective planning ensures continuous improvement of energy efficiency, sustainability and can reduce energy costs.
In 2023, it is planned to save 650 000 Gcal/year and the corresponding 160 000 te CO2/year with 40 investment and non-investment energy efficiency projects as a result of the joint work of all disciplines to become a part of the solution for accomplishing the goal of sustainability within Petkim and Star Refinery.

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