Ahead of the 2021 World Environment Day, oil giant Chevron Nigeria Limited has promised to support the restoration of Nigeria’s ecosystem.
It says this would be done through environmental management policy and practices that supports environmental stewardship and sustainable development.
This follows years of environmental degradation occasioned by indiscriminate oil drilling and exploration onshore and offshore.
CNL’s Chairman and Managing Director, Rick Kennedy said the company had a company-wide Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS) in place.
According to him, the OEMS delivers industry-leading performance in process safety, personal safety and health, environment, reliability, and efficiency.
“CNL’s OEMS process lays the foundation for sound environmental management. The identification, assessment and management of environmental risks runs through the entire project cycle from inception to operations and through decommissioning.”Rick Kennedy, MD of Chevron Nigeria Ltd.
The managing director also said the company recognised the importance of minimising its environmental footprints toward ensuring ecosystem restoration.
He said the company continually aimed to achieve world class environmental excellence by assessing, eliminating and mitigating potential risks, thereby effectively managing the footprints from its operations on the environment.
“CNL is committed to environmental sustainability, including ecosystem restoration interventions where required as recently shown in a mangrove restoration project in one of CNL’s operated fields. The company continues to invest in best available technology for tracking and managing of its ecological footprint in its areas of operation.”Rick Kennedy, MD of Chevron Nigeria Ltd.
The CNL’s chairman said also that the company’s commitment to preserving the environment had left enduring landmarks in the landscape.
He said this included the company’s partnership with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) established in 1992 and the Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC).
According to him, the 78-hectare facility, a center of excellence in environmental research and education, is reserved as a sanctuary for the rich flora and fauna of the Lekki Peninsula.
The theme for the 2021 World Environment Day is: “Ecosystem Restoration”.