The international conference on ''Global view on environment issues in the oil industry” organized by the International Dialogue for Environmental Action (IDEA) kicked off in Baku on November 4 and completed its work on November 5.
Head of SOCAR Ecology Division Azer Aliyev, HSE Manager of Total-Azerbaijan Adil Babayev, Deputy Director General on HSE of Ekol Engineering Services Rashad Ismayilov, Technical Services Manager of E.A.R.T.H. Company Limited Duane Ragbir, Member of the Board of BAUER Resources GmbH Roman Breuer, Head of Economic and Environmental Activities Unit of OSCE office in Baku Emmanuel Huntzinger delivered speech on sessions “Modern approach to management of wastes in oil industry” and “Alternative energy and energy efficiency in oil industry”.
The conference, aiming at drawing public attention to the protection of oil-contaminated areas and environment, making a comprehensive analysis of the current state of the environment for the sustainable development of the region, sharing experience on new method and technologies to study the various components of the environment and to develop proposals in this connection, launched with presentation of a video clip dedicated to above-mentioned issues. The opening ceremony was attended by SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Huseyngulu Bagirov, Group Head of Risk, Learning, HSE, Safety and Operational Risk of BP Steven A Flynn, Chairman of “Global Counsel”, Member of the House of Lords of the UK Lord Mandelson, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Azerbaijan Valeh Alasgarov, and other guests. A message from Leyla Aliyeva, the Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Founder of the International Dialogue for Environmental Action (IDEA), was read at the event.
Speaking at the event, SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev said within the ecological activities, 1300 hectares contaminated land in the industrial fields have already been recultivated and about 600 thousand kinds of trees and bushes have been planted on the cleaned-up areas. Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Huseyngulu Baghirov noted that during the last ten years, 8 national parks have been established, area of protected lands increased from 400 thousand to 1 million hectares. Millions of trees have been planted.
Chairman of “Global Counsel”, Member of the House of Lords of the UK Lord Mandelson, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Azerbaijan and Chairman of the Parliamentarian Committee on Energy Valeh Alasgarov, Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee of the House of Commons of the UK Tim Yeo, and other officials delivered speech at the conference.