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Environment

Environment-related risks

Environmental protection has been incorporated into China’s national strategies. The Chinese government proposed that “stringent laws and regulations ought to be observed to protect the ecological environment”, successively issued laws and regulations for prevention and control of air, water and soil pollution etc., implemented the pollutant discharge permit system, and strengthened environmental protection supervision. Environmental protection standards and the total amount of pollution discharge permits are strictly controlled. The Chinese government has issued Outline for the Development of Yangtze River Economic Belt, focusing on strengthening ecological environment protection of the Yangtze River and the Outline proposes higher requirements for environmental management of our subsidiaries alongside the Belt. At the same time, there arise new development opportunities for those enterprises that attach importance to environmental pollution prevention and treatment. Building green enterprises has become the core competitiveness of enterprises’ sustainable development.

 

Our philosophy and actions

? Sinopec Corp. is committed to achieve the maximisation of resource efficiency and the minimisation of pollution emissions by the advanced management and technology for achieving harmonious coexistence and coordinated development between the Company, communities and the environment.

? We give priority to protecting environment, strictly follow Environmental Protection Law as well as laws, regulations and regulatory documents on prevention and treatment of air, water and soil pollution, establish dynamic management and control mechanism as well as work process of environment-related risks which covering identification-assessment-control-hidden hazard treatment-reevaluation. The production subsidiaries commit to treating the generated waste water, exhaust gas and waste residue effectively through their own environmental protection facilities or through the third party.

? Based on the pollutant discharge management system of Sinopec Corp., we have formulated Green Enterprise Campaign Three-Year Implementation Plan for Pollution Prevention and Treatment. We send subsidiaries Letter of Energy Efficiency & Environment Protection Responsibility to set the targets on pollutant emissions, emission reduction and pollutant treatment, all of which are assessed annually. We conduct HSSE checks and specific environmental supervision, implement assistance to key subsidiaries for better performance, and have compiled and carried out Guidelines on Pollution Prevention and Treatment of Enterprises along the Yangtze River to satisfy the requirements on environmental protection along the River.

? The refining and chemicals subsidiaries and enterprises under Sinopec Corp.’s control have completed the application for pollutant discharge permit in accordance with national regulations, while other subsidiaries and branches are actively promoting the discharge verification and application of the permit as required. The subsidiaries and branches licensed with discharge permit upload pollutant discharge reports on the official website of local relevant authorities and are supervised by authorities and the public.

 

Air emissions management

? We manage the generation, treatment and discharge of air pollutants, install online environment monitoring facilities to ensure monitoring air pollutants emission on real-time, and control the volumes as licensed in the pollutant discharge permit.

? While establishing and optimising air pollutants management system, refining and chemicals subsidiaries and branches realized the automatic monitoring, alarming when excessively discharge and analyses of the discharge trend of key pollution sources under the State’s control. The supervision of outlet online monitoring helps us promote the subsidiaries' pollutants discharge standard level.

? We continue to upgrade environmental protection facilities, renovate coal-fired boilers for ultra-low emission, and have completed the renovation of processing furnaces for low-NOx combustion, and implemented VOCs treatment in tank areas, loading/unloading sites and sewage plants.

? We enhance the upgrading of service stations and oil depots for oil and gas recovery, forming closed-loop management for airtight loading/unloading system, and reducing VOCs emissions. Each year, we entrust the third party to test oil and gas recovery facilities in oil depots and service stations to ensure compliance discharge. In 2018, Sinopec Corp. discharged Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides 67.2 thousand tonnes and 99.8 thousand tonnes respectively all year long.

 

Solid waste

? Sinopec Corp. promotes the philosophy of recycling economy following the principle of “reduction, reclamation, detoxification”, and pushes forward the comprehensive utilisation of solid waste.

? The subsidiaries implement strict classification management and assessment of non-hazardous and hazardous waste, conduct comprehensive check of solid waste landfills, organise soil and groundwater monitoring to ensure anti-seepage well-functioned, and dispose leachate legally, to prevent incidents of environmental pollution. We promote clean production and solid waste reduction technologies and have achieved the reduction target through enhanced process control. We improve the storage facilities to enhance the hazardous waste standardized management, promote the development of monitoring platforms for hazardous waste transportation and strengthen the supervision over the third party during the process of hazardous waste treatment. In 2018, Sinopec Corp. treated 2.229 million tonnes of solid waste and 505.3 thousand tonnes of hazardous waste, and the proper waste disposal rate reached 100%.

 

Sewage discharge

We examine production, discharge and treatment of waste water, carry out risk assessment of various water, and implement hidden hazards treatment. We review the compliance with national and local sewage discharge standards, and install online environment monitoring facilities to ensure real-time monitoring. The subsidiaries implement the targets of waste water discharge and emission reduction set in Letter of Energy Efficiency & Environment Protection Responsibility, promote the upgrade of sewage sites to improve the pre-treatment effect and enhance the treatment capacity of sewage sites. In addition, water-conservation trainings and skill competitions are organised to improve employees’ capabilities. In 2018, 19.4 thousand tonnes of COD and 2 thousand tonnes of ammonia nitrogen were discharged.

Fresh water

We attach great importance to water resources management. We implement strict management of total water intake plan, establish the annual target for fresh water consumption, and make early warning and adjustment when the total volume of water intake increases too fast. We develop new technology, new process, new equipment and new materials for water conservation, and improve the efficiency of industrial water utilisation system to reduce losses and waste during production and ancillary production processes. We strengthen recycling and comprehensive utilisation of waste water to realise waste water resourcing and promote subsidiaries and branches to use municipal reclaimed water and desalinate sea water instead of using fresh water. Since the launch of Implementation Plan for Water Pollution Prevention and Treatment Action in 2016, the volume of fresh water used has decreased by no less than 1% annually. The volume of fresh water for industrial use of 2018 was 657.46 million cubic metres.

 

 

Land resources

We strengthen the management of land resources in accordance with the principle of intensive, efficient and green land use. Oilfield subsidiaries take great efforts in implementing the intensive mode of well deployment during exploration, and reduce the occupied area of single well. We conduct evaluation on safety and environmental risks of idle land such as discarded well sites and delist it from exploration or conduct reclamation for that without safety and environmental risks. In 2018, the total amount of land delisted was 16,900 acres, of which 16,800 acres of unpolluted land delisted and 88 acres reclaimed. A total of 330 abandoned well sites were treated, among which, Sinopec Northwest Oil Field Company 53 wells and 7 stations located in the populus euphratica forest reservation area.

 

Biodiversity

In accordance with the relevant regulations of Environmental Protection Law and Convention on Biological Diversity, we formulate Measures for the Environmental Protection Management of Sinopec Corp. All subsidiaries should strictly implement national and corporate regulations to integrate biodiversity protection into the evaluation, decision-making and production operations of projects construction. As for the projects that may have negative impacts on the environment, we evaluate the impacts on ecological protection areas, forests, wetlands, as well as animals and plants during the periods of pre-project evaluation, construction and operation. Targeted measures were formulated to mitigate or eliminate impacts.

 

Oil Spills

We analyse and evaluate risks of oil spilling, strengthen emergency drills and skill training, improve oil spilling emergency plans, and build a professional team. In 2018, SINOPEC Shengli Oilfield Company assessed and identified that the distribution of oil exploration and development facilities, pipe networks, power grid and ships in the sea area were highly concentrated, and there were multiple risks such as collapse, damage and corrosion caused by a long term corrosion of marine environment and climate. Given this situation, we organised oil spillage risk analysis and impact evaluation, amended and added the emergency plan system and formulated refined treatment plans for spills in open waters, semi-open waters, beach and land areas, as well as the emergency treatment plan for spills in beach and shallow sea areas.

 

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