Date(s) - 05 August 2017
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Kuwait — EQUATE Petrochemical Company, a global producer of petrochemicals, announced its partnership with Omniya in an aim to protect the environment and reduce waste by promoting the recycling of plastic water bottles in Kuwait.
EQUATE’s Senior Executive of Corporate Communications and Government Affairs Dr. Abeer Sulaiman Al-Omar: “Sustainability, which includes the environment, is a core element at EQUATE, and we always seek opportunities that would support our efforts. Along those lines, we have developed EQUATE’s Sustainability Strategy, to be fulfilled by 2025, which is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Kuwait National Development Plan 2035. Our partnerships with different stakeholders are key elements to achieve this strategy to ensure overall sustainability in Kuwait and with global reach.”
In parallel, the General Manager of Omniya’s PET1 Recycling Factory, Farah Shabaan, said: “On behalf of Omniya we would like to thank EQUATE for their trust and support in this project.”
On her part, EQUATE Sustainability Committee Member Asrar Mohammad said, “Our alliance with Omniya marks a strategic local partnership to ensure a positive impact on the environment. This partnership encourages utilizing the complete lifecycle of plastics, such as bottles, which would reduce waste and support different business sectors.”
This joint initiative commenced in the beginning of 2017 by placing PET recycling containers at EQUATE’s headquarters and industrial complex to encourage all employees to participate in the recycling efforts. Additionally, EQUATE sponsored the purchase of a truck to pick-up recycled material throughout Kuwait, as well as 10 recycling bottle booths that are currently distributed across the country to encourage the public to recycle plastic bottles.
The EQUATE Group* is a global producer of petrochemicals and the world’s second largest producer of Ethylene Glycol (EG). The Group has industrial complexes in Kuwait, North America and Europe that annually produce over 5 million tons of Ethylene, EG, Polyethylene (PE) and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET). The products are marketed throughout Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The EQUATE Group’s shareholders include Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC). The Group is a leading enterprise that pursues sustainability wherever it operates through partnerships in fields that include the environment, economy and society. www.equate.com
*The EQUATE Group includes EQUATE Petrochemical Company (EQUATE), its subsidiaries and The Kuwait Olefins Company (TKOC).