24 May 2017
Infineum, a world leader in the formulation, manufacturing and marketing of petroleum additives for lubricants and fuels, recently received the 2017 Green Enterprise Managing Award and the Person of the Year Award for the excellent environmental performance of its Zhangjiagang (ZJG) plant. Presented by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China and China Environment News, the awards are aimed at recognizing industrial enterprises and managers who are pioneers of environmental protection.
“We are delighted to have won these two awards which are the recognition of Infineum’s on-going efforts in environmental protection and ZJG plant’s excellent operation by the society and the China Environment News Council. At Infineum, environment protection and safety are always our top priorities. We endeavor to create a green, safe and beautiful ecological environment for our community. Our commitment to environmental protection is an essential part of our brand promise of Performance You Can Rely On. It’s the prerequisite and guarantee for supply reliability and key to our sustainable business development in China.” said Mr. Fu Limin, President of Infineum Greater China.
As a joint venture of ExxonMobil and Shell, Infineum is now a leading additive supplier of the global lubricants and fuels industry. As Infineum’s first wholly owned manufacturing base in China, the ZJG plant, with an annual production capacity of 100,000 tons of lubricant additives, located at Yangtze River Chemical Industrial Park and covering an area of 100,000 square meters, was completed in March 2016. With the global experience of its parent companies, Infineum ZJG plant is equipped with world-class safety and environmental protection system. From the beginning of planning, the ZJG plant construction team worked closely with Infineum’s global experts on the production management process to ensure that health, safety and environmental protection matters were the priorities. During the construction of the ZJG plant, putting safety and environmental protection in the first place, Infineum made sure that every employee, from top to bottom, maintained a high degree of attention to such requirements. All efforts were realised when completing the entire construction with 1.6 million working hours and one year of plant operation, there was zero recordable incident.
Infineum consistently implements safety and environmental protection management standards around the world and applies the same philosophy of environmental protection in every business region and in the entire process of every project. For example, in order to control the source of pollutants, the ZJG plant has a special Temperature Interlock System which controls the process of the system strictly to prevent the emission of odor pollutants and VOC effectively. Meanwhile, the whole process of production is controlled by automatic programs which further decrease the possibilities of pollution caused by human errors.
In terms of pollution treatment, Infineum adopts advanced, appropriate and reliable technologies and methods and applies credible solutions to different pollution sources in the environmental protection design. For example, Infineum adopts the methods of “Rainwater & Wastewater Separation” and “Clean Water & Wastewater Separation” in the drainage system of the plant, centralizing all sewage to the Waste Water Center of the Industrial Park. Setting COD automatic monitor and strictly follow the drainage standard of the Industrial Park, sewage is recirculated to the grease trap for re-treatment and rainwater is treated with strong drainage before considering qualified to be released. While the waste water flows back to the grease trap waiting for re-treatment, the rainwater is discharged forcibly when it is qualified.
Infineum has also established a sound Environment Management System. In addition to a HSSE department which is responsible for safety and environmental protection, Infineum has an Environmental Database to record the company’s environmental issues. At the same time, the company strengthens internal communication in order to inform employees timely of the environmental protection plan of the Company and its latest updates. Infineum always record and respond to different environmental requirements to form a comprehensive mechanism that features supervision responsibility, regular inspection, follow-up improvement and feedback. Apart from its own environmental systems, Infineum organised an education activity with The Green Mountain Army, NGO of Jingang Town of ZJG, under the instruction of Responsible Care®, to encourage students to be advocators of environmental protection and lead a green life.
Excellence enterprise operation cannot be achieved without excellent management. Mr. Gao Feng, General Manager of Infinuem ZJG plant, is nominated as the 2017 Environmental Person of the Year for his outstanding management philosophy and professional operation execution. Gao inherits the green philosophy of the Company, incorporating the sustainability requirements of environmental protection and energy-saving to everyday production. “Infineum has always been insisting on its philosophy of efficiency, environmental protection and self-discipline from the beginning of ZJG plant development and construction. The ZJG project gained huge support from ZJG Free Trade Zone and Municipal Party committee and the local government. Being part of the ZJG plant, it’s not only our corporate social responsibility to build a world-leading manufacturing base that is modern, highly-efficient, clean and green. It’s also how we respond to China’s Thirteenth Five-year Plan to build a beautiful country and to facilitate the development of the chemical industry. It’s a great honor for me to win the award and I would like to thank my team for their huge support.”
The Awards were presented at the 2017 Chinese Enterprise Green Development Forum & Environmental Protection Tax Policy Interpretation Meeting which was held on May 12, 2017 in Beijing. Infineum, as the only enterprise from ZJG Yangtze River Chemical Industrial Park, honorably took part in the selection and received both awards together with a number of companies nationwide.