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NON-CONVENTIONAL ENERGY INITIATIVES
BPCL has been committed towards the development of non-conventional energy sources. One of the major thrust areas identified for this purpose is power generation from
wind energy. The four windmills commissioned by BPCL in the hilly range of Kappatguda in Karnataka are currently in operation and the power produced is being sold to the Karnataka State Electricity grid. This was one of the projects identified to avail of carbon emission credits under the Kyoto protocol. The project was approved by
the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in February 2009.
In addition, Kochi Refinery’s shore tank farm located in the coastal area of the Puthuvypeen Special Economic Zone has been identified to harness the wind energy
potential. BPCL has approached the Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai to carry out a feasibility study. Clearance has been obtained from the Naval and
local authorities for setting up windmills in the shore tank farm.
BPCL has been exploring the possibility of promoting green fuel, with a view to protecting the environment by reducing pollution and dependence on imported fuels.
Towards this end, huge tracts of unproductive, barren and non-cultivable land are proposed to be used for the growth of Jatropha and Karanj plants. The plantations would
contribute towards environment protection, prevention of soil erosion and feedstock for manufacturing Bio-diesel while promoting sustainable development. In the state of
Uttar Pradesh, BPCL has launched “Project Triple One” – to enter the Bio-diesel Value Chain through a joint venture company, M/s. Bharat Renewable Energy Ltd.
Work is continuing on the project to set up a 1 MW capacity grid connected solar farm at BPCL’s LPG bottling plant in the state of Punjab. The project has been conceived to avail of carbon emission credits under the Kyoto protocol.
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FULFILLMENT OF SOCIAL OBLIGATIONS
As a responsible corporate citizen, BPCL accords significant importance to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The pan India presence means that the ‘People Interface’ includes urban, semi-urban and rural areas besides some of the remote tribal belts. Hence, CSR activities are undertaken with the objective of making a meaningful impact in the lives of people, which would lead to sustainable development. The thrust areas for CSR were health, education, water conservation, environment conservation and community development. Emphasis was laid on equipping small groups of women, youth and farmers with training, skills, subsequent to which they were encouraged to form Self Help Groups (SHGs), to sustain some form of income generating activities. One such effort has been the collaboration with Self Employed Women Association (SEWA) in Lucknow, where around 100 women from in and around village Babukheda near Lucknow are being trained in ‘Chikankari work’, subsequent to which they will be given work on per piece basis directly by SEWA. Together with the partners like SEWA, the SHGs are also being supported for micro credit through banks.
Water conservation through Project ‘Boond’ continued, by adding 4 more villages in Maharashtra and for the first time 2 villages in Bharatpur, Rajasthan for rainwater
CSR received a lot of support through employee volunteers, who apart from constructing check dams for water conservation, also took up teaching school children of zilla parishad schools on the importance of water and hence, conservation.
From the year 2008-09 onwards, the CSR budget of the Corporation is being increased from 0.5% to 2% of the net profit of the previous financial year of the Company,
reflecting the extent of BPCL’s commitment to the growth and development of society.
PROMOTION OF SPORTS
BPCL sportspersons continued to excel in the national as well as international sports arena in various disciplines. Saina Nehwal created history by becoming the first
Indian woman to win a Super Series event in Badminton when she won the Indonesian Open event. Currently ranked no 6, Saina is one of the top women badminton
players in the world. Chess player Abhijit Gupta won the prestigious World Junior Chess Championship becoming only the third Indian to do so. Another Chess player, Arun Prasad earned his Grand Master norm in 2008-09. BPCL employees continue to be selected to the national contingents in various disciplines. In Billiards and Snooker, Devendra Joshi won the Silver Medal (time format) and Bronze Medal (point format) in the IBSF World Billiards Championships. BPCL was awarded the President’s PSPB Trophy for II Runners-up during the year by virtue of points obtained in various Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) tournaments.
Sustainability Report, Pg. 18
Climate change and energy poverty are two of the major issues plaguing the world today. As per the WEO 2008 current global trends in energy supply and consumption are unsustainable and nothing short of an energy revolution is needed.
Tackling Climate change
The IEA estimates that on current trends, energy-related CO emissions are set to increase by 45% between 2006 and 2030, reaching 41 Gt. Three-quarters of the increase will arise in China, India and the Middle East, and 97% in non-OECD countries as a whole. Further, the biggest single contributor to global emissions over the next two decades is likely to be the use of coal - the world's second- most important fuel after oil, accounting for 26% of energy demand. Stabilizing greenhouse gas (GHG)concentration at 550 ppm of CO -equivalent, which would limit the temperature increase to about 3°C, would require emissions to rise to no more than 33 Gt in 2030 and to fall in the longer term. The share of low-carbon energy – hydropower, nuclear, biomass, other renewables and fossil-fuel power plants equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) – in the world primary energy mix would need to expand from 19% in 2006 to 26% in 2030. This would call for investment equal to 0.2% of annual world GDP. The scale of the challenge in limiting GHG concentration to 450 ppm of CO -eq, which would involve a temperature rise of about 2°C, is much greater.
In such a scenario, the energy sector will have to play the central role in tackling climate change and contributing in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Accordingly, BPCL has chalked out its climate change strategy very clearly which includes the following elements:
! Strengthening energy security
! Increase refining position
! Setting up of LPG/CNG/LNG terminals
! Setting up of AutoLPG/CNG dispensing stations
! Strengthening retail stations/positions/services
! Laying cross country pipelines
! Using Oil Industry common carrier cross country pipeline for supplies
! R&D for alternate fuels (e.g. Bio-diesel, Hydrogen cells)
! Developing renewable energy sources, eg. Windmills / solar cells
! Forming joint venture for setting up of Bio-diesel value chain
At BPCL, sustenance of the environment and promoting eco-friendly schemes is an area of priority. Products from BPCL conform to the stringent eco-friendly EURO III norms and are blended with oxygenates to reduce the level of pollutants released in the air. Our endeavour has been to make this Earth a better place to live. Read about our efforts to keep our earth Green.
Corporate Social Responsibility
We are a Model Corporate Entity with Social Responsibility. Build a Powerful Partnership with society for ‘Sustainable Development’.
* We are a Model Corporate Entity with Social Responsibility
* Build a Powerful Partnership with Society for ‘Sustainable Development’
* Building Sustainable Communities - to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate
* Health and Safety - to ensure the health and safety of our workforce and communities
* Environment - to minimize adverse impacts while taking steps to protect and enhance the natural environment
* Employees – train tomorrows leaders in teamwork skills and running socially responsible business
* Integrated with Business Strategy and Context
* Leverage our Core competency – People and Technology
* Three way Execution model for Community Projects
* Develop deserving Communities through ‘Focused’ & ‘Need based’ interventions – No ‘Giveaways’
* Create ‘Sustainable Models’ which are Replicable & Scalable
Sharing Wider Responsibility
At BPCL we believe that it’s equally important to return back to society. Which is why, we believe some of our finest achievements aren’t those found in our balance sheets but those, in small towns and villages spread across India. Our involvement in sharing this wider responsibility dates way back to 1984, when in pursuance with our philosophy “to give back to the society/community our best”, we aimed to help the people enrich their lives, be it our employees or their families also extending the scope of definition of families to those that we saw beyond our glass cabins in these rustic surroundings, and thus started our romance. Today, we term them as our extended family i.e. our villagers from rural areas.
India, has a social contrast, while one strata of the society comprising of approximately 30% live in the cities, a great percentage of nearly double -700 million Indians reside in villages, which we term as rural India. Now rural India too has its own disparity, some are what we call the islands of prosperity and the rest that have the other extremes, riddled by droughts and some difficult conditions of weather and climate and sometimes these villages are so remote and far flung from cities that many a times makes others go past unnoticed.
BPCL initially started working in Mahul, the village located in the neighbourhood of its Mumbai refinery in 1986, with the sole reason of their social upliftment. The residents of Mahul, essentially from the fishing community, were rich because they possessed marine wealth but as far as education, health, etc was concerned, they needed direction and help. BPCL volunteered and the initial success brought such gratification that immediately it adopted another village (this time an interior one) called Karjat. Developments with selfless intentions helped introspect about the future role BPCL should adopt in its aim to contribute to this effort. There after there was no looking back.
As a corporate responsibility, BPCL has today adopted 37 villages across India. This adoption included, making substantial investments for nearly a decade and a half in them to make them fully self reliant, providing them fresh drinking water, sanitation facilities, medical facilities, enhancing their income standards by imparting vocational training and agricultural innovations. However, BPCL also firmly believes that the only vehicle for raising the villagers from their present state is by educating the young and the old, a focus on providing grants for opening schools and opening adult literacy camps as well.
A Herculean task indeed, which BPCL recognized and thus even sought assistance from NGO’s working around these centers in fulfilling its dream, which to many of BPCL employee’s still remains incomplete, on account of the large magnitude of work necessary in completion.
2. Adoption of Villages
3. Care for Generation Next
5. HIV AIDS - Care and Prevention
6. Social work at Kochi Refinery
7. Model for Trucker Community
8. Rural Health
9. Project Boond
If there is magic on this planet, It is contained in water.
Water, they say is life, Almost all life on earth is sustained by it.Water is a strange element of nature. Colourless, odourless, tasteless, yet full of life. There is no joy like your feet in the moving waves of the sea. There is no refreshment like a glass of water after a hard days work. It s not just a source of energy, but also a source of pure joy.
Yet, there are some who don t get to experience it s bounty. There are some, who still walk miles to quench their thirst. Who pay the price of every drop of water with equal drops of their own sweat for a planet that is 70% covered by water, there are places that suffer from draught. There are farmers who wonder if they will receive a harvest this year.
BPCL understand the value of water in the lives of people who strive for it. Whose lives are dependent on its availability alone. These sentiments gave birth to the project Boond . Because when we say that we are a company about fuel, how can we miss out on the ‘fuel of life .
Boond is a Rain Water Harvesting Project undertaken by BPCL with financial support from (Oil Industries Development Board) and executed in collaboration with NGO, Bridge Public Charitable Trust.
Villages suffering from acute shortage of water were identified for this activity. Women from these villages had to walk long distances in th blazing sun on mountainous paths, at times exceeding four kilometers to fetch water. Runoffs triggered by topographical conditions, impervious bedrock, poor water holding capacity of the soil, soil erosion and unrestrained grazing had made the situation critical.
The objective was to turn these villages from Water scarce to water positive . The work mainly comprised of repairs/Deepening of wells, building bunds to capture and store rain water, repairs and leak proofing of existing bunds, building water tanks etc.
All the activities undertaken to draught free the villages were performed with complete participation from the villagers. This imparted a sense of belonging and responsibility towards their own village. Not just that, while working they learnt additional skills like masonry, welding etc. Which they later used as an additional source of income for themselves. This helped check the rampant levels of migration as well.
Another unique aspect of the whole project was the concept of Shram Daan . The villagers performed Shram Daan once a week and for the balance days they were paid minimum wages. Seeing the enthusiasm of the villagers, BPCL also initiated a Employee Volunteering Initiative where in approximately 100 BPCL employees gathered collectively for Shram Daan.
BPCL's passionate efforts in water management have received humble appreciation and recognition from many. Bharat Petroleum won:
* the Excellent Water Efficient Unit Award Beyond the fence at the National Award for Excellence in Water Mangement 2007 conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Godrej GBC on 29 30 November 2007 at CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad. Bharat petroleum also bagged two more awards in the same event. The most Innovative Case Study and the Most Useful Presentation(Which was voted by audience).
* Bharat Petroleum ‘WON’ the prestigious ‘Asian CSR Award 2008’ for project ‘Boond- III’ in the Environmental Excellence Category.
* The coveted Award was received by our C&MD , Mr. Ashok Sinha, in Singapore on 21st Nov 2008 at the hands of Dr. Noelen Heyzer, Under Secretary General of UN and Executive Secretary of ESCAP. The Awards were conducted by the prestigious Asian Institute of Management with co-sponsorship from Intel.
* Chairman in his acceptance speech has acknowledged the voluntary contribution made by employees towards the overall success of this project.
Encouraged by the response at the 9 villages, BPCL is now working on 5 more villages, Dhenganmal, Takichiwadi and Rikamwadi. This journey would continue and BPCL would touch the lives of as many people as possible with this amazing entity of life, WATER.