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Mr. Viroj Sumritpiam
Senior Environmental Engineer
Successfully creating a good environment requires cooperation and effort by all sectors of society
"Successfully creating a good environment is not the work of one person or organization, but requires cooperation and effort by all sectors of society. PTTGC has been certified by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for the fifth consecutive year. This represents an important achievement for all of us, and reflects our increased awareness, improved environmental management, and commitment to give back to society. I’m often asked why I’m so interested in environmental issues in my career. My answer is that it’s not just a job that I see doing for myself, but, at the end of the day, it’s something I’m happy to do for everyone – for the place where we live, for a better environment, and for our company’s sustainability."
Mr. Viroj Sumritpiam
Senior Environmental Engineer
It all began back in 2007 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between PTT CHEM (now PTT Global Chemical, or PTTGC) and the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University. The aim of the MOU was to study the possibility of conducting phase one of a program to initiate an Eco-Efficiency Index.
The evaluation was based on the results of the company’s environmental performance in areas such as water and energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste generation. It coincided with a systematic evaluation of our factories’ financial performance. As a graduate student, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the team involved in this effort.
Appreciating that this internationally-recognized company showed such commitment to environmental practices, I applied for a job at PTTGC, and was eventually recruited as an engineer in the Quality Systems department. I later transferred to the Environmental Services department, where my responsibilities included managing strategic environmental issues.
Putting on this management hat offered me a chance to continue with my environmental interests. I could play a pivotal role in moving our company forward with environmental measures and practices that included policymaking, setting goals and creating guidelines for improvements in the efficient use of natural resources, and reducing waste generated by our manufacturing processes. I also supported the company in discovering new business opportunities that later became a prototype for PTTGC’s ongoing approach to environmental development.
Personally, I have a passion for and strong interest in learning new things and improving myself. I also want to share and use my knowledge and skills, as well as specific environmental experiences, to create more proactive operational practices.
This enabled me to take part in building a framework, or a strategic plan, that is forward-thinking and allows PTTGC to implement its Environment 4.0 policy, which consists of:
- Environment 1.0 (Mandatory), a compulsory environmental operation, such as operational practices required under laws and regulations.
- Environment 2.0 (Voluntary), an environmental action that goes beyond the law, which can include setting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and participating in eco-factories and green industries.
- Environment 3.0 (Role Model), an environmental approach designed to serve as a prototype, such as taking part in the evaluation for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
- Environment 4.0 (Sustainability), which aims to build and expand stakeholder environmental networks that aim for sustainability across the supply chain.
I’d like to provide an overview of CDP for those who don’t know about this great organization. CDP runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states, and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Over 5,600 organizations participate in its evaluations. PTTGC takes part in the CDP evaluations for Climate Change and Water Management. DJSI recognizes organizations with an environmental approach that meets CDP standards, which led to DJSI accepting PTTGC’s standards for carbon disclosure.
In 2013, our environmental team, which includes myself and others responsible for sustainability at PTTGC, worked together to study data and current regulations on environmental evaluations as outlined by CDP. In addition, CDP identifies and outlines environmental standards globally, including in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
I’m proud that PTTGC’s environmental management meets international standards, and sometimes even exceeds these standards in other operations. As a result, PTTGC joined the evaluation in the Climate Change category for the first time. It was an honor and privilege that the company was recently recognized by CDP as a Climate Disclosure Leader for the fifth consecutive year.
In 2015, the company joined the evaluation for Sustainable Water Management. For the second consecutive year, CDP recognized PTTGC as an organization that excels in water management and best practices, including disclosing transparent data. The company scored “B” in the evaluation in the first year, improving to “A-“ in the second year.
It’s important to point out that everyone at PTTGC played a part in this collective success. Some employees may not realize how important they are to the company and why they deserve to be rewarded and recognized. The way people conduct their operations and fulfill their responsibilities throughout PTTGC every day ensures positive and promising performance as we implement the executive team’s policies in areas such as quality, security, occupational safety and health, the environment, and business continuity.
If everyone commits to performing towards excellence in line with PTTGC’s policies and common purpose, we will definitely see promising and successful operational outcomes. Likewise, if everyone is more attentive regarding the use of water and electricity, it will help the company to continue receiving recognition for our best practices when disclosing data for future evaluations.
Lastly, I would like to thank everyone at PTTGC for your continuing support and efforts. You are the key to our company’s success. I am grateful to work with such visionary executives and experienced teams who are committed to success. Working in line with the company’s four core behaviors enables us to dare to think, improve our performance, work effectively as teams, and focus on proactive operations while responding to our customers’ needs.