Muscat – Oman Environmental Service Holding Company (be’ah) signed an agreement with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) for the safe and proper disposal of electric and electronic waste produced by PDO operations.
The agreement was signed during Oman Sustainability Week by Tariq Ali al Amri, CEO of be’ah, and Steve Phimister, managing director of PDO, with high-profile officials from both entities attending the ceremony.
Addressing the challenge of electronic and electric waste management, the agreement aims at ensuring the proper disposal of all electric and electromagnetic powered devices and equipment that can no longer carry out their functions effectively, thereby becoming obsolete.
“This undertaking contributes to our fight against pollution by transforming waste into a significant resource and extracting value from discarded equipment,” explained Abdul-Amir al Ajmi, PDO’s director of external affairs and value creation. “We aim to leverage this agreement to ensure compliance with the applicable environmental rules and regulations, improve PDO’s operations, and co-operate with be’ah to optimise the management of electronic and electric waste and minimise pollution.”
Commenting on the agreement’s role in promoting sustainability, Kumayl al Lawati, head of business development at be’ah, said, “be’ah is constantly seeking to ensure the sustainability of resources through such arrangements. Under this agreement, be’ah will store electric and electronic waste resulting from PDO operations and apply ecofriendly and sustainable storage solutions with the ultimate goal of implementing a commercially viable recycling system. We are constantly looking to engage entities that can help us develop the waste management sector and minimise waste hazards by utilising be’ah’s advanced storage facilities or processing waste in recycling plants.”
PDO and be’ah have both developed strategies and action plans adopting sustainable practices and focusing on environmental responsibility, circular economy, and improved waste management systems.