BPCL launches E-Waste Management Initiative to further strengthen Sustainable Development Goals

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Bhubaneswar, March 17, 2023: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), a ‘Maharatna’ and a Fortune Global 500 Company, today announced the launch of a special initiative “Sound Management of waste Disposal (SMWD)”, as a part of their sustainability efforts towards the reduction and recycling of e-waste.

The company has issued a directive on E-Waste Management across their organization for effective management including timely disposal in line with the statutory requirements.

BPCL is working towards achieving Zero waste to landfill certification at all operating refineries andmarketing locations by 2025.

Improper disposal of waste is one of the critical challenges being faced globally, due to its inherent hazardous nature, which can affect theenvironment, animals, aquatic life, human beings etc. adversely.

BPCL is conscious about the fact that waste generated from its refineries and other operations can cause harm to environment and community. Thus, they have pledged for reducing its waste generated by its operations, implementing effective waste treatment techniques and directing it to disposal through authorized vendors.

In recent years, there is increased use and dependence on Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), such as, Mobile Phones, Personal Computers, Laptops, Servers, Televisions, Washing Machines, Refrigerators, Air Conditioners, etc. resulting into large quantities of e-Waste. Electrical & Electronic Equipment’s have valuable materials and may contain hazardous/ toxic substances in their components. Improper disposal of EEE’s can lead to health risks and damage the environment.

BPCL firmly believes in unlocking circularity of the resources and thus diverts E-waste and Non-hazardous scrap for recycling and refurbishing through registered recycler. During FY 2021-22, 2.57 tonnes of e-waste disposal completed in line with Pollution control board guidelines.

BPCL’s Research & Development (R&D) department plays a pivotal role in innovating and creating new technologies, niche products, and future capabilities for business growth and sustainability. The R&D department is undertaking various developmental activities in niche petrochemicals, waste management, energy-efficient refinery processes, greener chemistries, biofuels, green hydrogen and CO2 mitigation.

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