ENVIRONMENT

Minimizing waste, maximizing reuse closes loop in a circular economy, event hears

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Minimizing waste, maximizing reuse closes loop in a circular economy, event hears

Over 1,000 participants were absorbed by four Aramco organizations and three local recycling companies describing their environmental efforts in a virtual “Reverse Logistics and Circular Economy” event held recently.

The event highlighted the importance of environmental preservation and how the country, the company, and individuals can contribute to the sustainability of the planet’s resources.

The event was aimed at educating the audience about minimizing waste and allowing a continual use of resources, underlining Aramco’s materials circularity in a sustainable economy.

In his opening remarks, Mohammad A. Al Shammary, vice president of Procurement and Supply Chain Management, emphasized the alignment of Aramco’s initiatives with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and the circular carbon economy as endorsed by G20 energy ministers to secure a sustainable future.

Al Shammary addressed the circular supply chain business model and its application in the company, including the addition of procurement contract terms and conditions and the adoption of sustainable agreements.

He pointed to the company adapting the reuse, refurbishment, and repair of materials at one end of the supply chain, and the recycling of retired and surplus materials instead of scrapping, to ensure maximum reinjection to the economy at the other end of the supply chain.

Jamil J. Al-Bagawi, the chief engineer and Circular Economy champion, discussed the differences between the linear economy’s profit motive and its depleting of resources, and the circular economy’s more rounded solution of unlocking huge economic opportunities while protecting resources.

Local recyclers showcased their processes for different materials and reinjection into the economy.

Holoul E-Waste Recycling discussed the special recycling process for electrical and electronic equipment; the Al Majwal Group explained how it treats and recycles most of Aramco’s liquid and solid chemical waste; and the Al-Qaryan Group described its conversion of the company’s industrial waste into raw materials.

Ahmed N. Al Zahrani, manager of the Materials Logistics Department, concluded the event by speaking about the importance of materials circularity and the vitality of Aramco’s adaptation of the circular economy.

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