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SCG hosted SD Symposium 2018 invited all sectors to collaborate in driving a circular economy

SCG hosted SD Symposium 2018 invited all sectors to collaborate in driving a circular economy

Date: 11 Jul 2018

SCG hosted SD Symposium 2018 invited all sectors to collaborate in driving a circular economy by drawing inspirations from leading organizations success stories to create sustainability for natural resources. SCG has held a global forum on Sustainability Development in Thailand the "SD Symposium 2018". It was held under the concept "Circular Economy: The future we create," with attendees include leading global companies as well as the government sector, civil society, SMEs, startups, as well as local communities, to exchange perspectives and share success stories to collaboratively drive circular economy by promoting an efficient use of natural resources throughout the value chain, which includes manufacturing, consumptions, and recovery processes. This concept will lead to business sustainability, while also uplifting the quality of life, and resulting in global sustainability. "SD Symposium 2018" was an academic forum on sustainable development. For the past five years, the forum's objective is to develop broader awareness about sustainable development goals. This year, the forum focused on a circular economy and will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. He shared the government's vision to drive a circular economy in order to promote sustainable growth for Thailand. The President and CEO of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) also gave a presentation on a circular economy in the global context. Several seminars were also being held to decode success stories about a circular economy from all sectors, inviting participants to adopt the shared knowledge effectively. Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, said: "The circular economy concept is very much in line with the Thai government's strategy to drive the Thai economy, especially by focusing on value-driven products and services. The Thai government has followed the roadmap to promote sustainable economic growth amidst global challenges on natural resources. Hence, the 20-year National Strategy also focuses on environmentally-friendly developments as well as a balance between natural resources conservation and usage. This has been supported by other measures including the promotion of innovation and digital economy to encourage sharing and efficient utilization of resources, appropriate and efficient waste management through reusing and recycling, as well as ethically, socially and environmentally responsible business practices. However, successful implementation of the circular economy concept would not be possible with the government's support alone, the private and people sectors must also participate. Organizations have urged to adopt the circular economy concept in their operations to build long-term business sustainability, while the public must realize the importance of responsible consumption and change their behaviors to facilitate the process of using wastes and byproduct from their consumptions as raw materials. Only through such collaboration can our nation truly achieve stable and sustainable prosperity." Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash, President and CEO, SCG, expressed: "The circular economy concept could help solve the problems of dwindling natural resources we had faced with, as it worked differently from the traditional linear economy's model (Take-Make-Dispose) by preserving natural resources and using them in the most efficient way. By creating systems in which waste could re-enter the supply chain, a circular economy could lead to environmental and social sustainability. SCG, as part of the business sector, vowed to be one of a key driving force to initiate collaboration with other parties. The SD Symposium 2018 gathered thought leaders and representatives from leading organizations to showcase their stories of successful implementation of the circular economy concept. The goal was for participants to get new perspectives that could solve global problems and would be inspired to adopt the circular economy concept to make it happen." SCG drives the circular economy concept through key three strategies: Reduced material use / Durability. By reducing the amount of resources used in manufacturing, such as the corrugated Green Carton, which requires 25% less raw materials but remains durability, that helps customers save their transportation cost; reducing manufacturing and sales of single-use plastics from 46% to 23% within 10 years. The efforts including help customers save electricity cost for air-condition by Active AIRflowTM System, a cool and comfort home ventilation system; and strengthen durability of product, such as marine cement that 2 times last longer compared with conventional Portland cement. Upgrade and Replacement. By creating innovations to replace existing products and raw materials with new ones that offer higher efficiency but use less resources or make them recycle-friendly. For example, polyethylene (PE) which an enhanced innovation of SCG that can enable 2 times recycled plastic materials use as well as SCG Hybrid Cement that can replace traditional structural cement but use lower raw materials in production process. Reuse and Recycle. By recycling used products instead of using new resources, promoting all recovery processes, such as setting up Paper Bailing Station to collect paper waste to be recycled; recycling glass bottles to use in place of sand to produce insulation materials; developing “CIERRATM” functional material which improves plastic’s property that allows single material has versatile packaging application instead of multi materials which hard to be recycled; and recycling plastic waste to make fish home helping to preserve the marine eco-system. “In addition, SCG promotes building collaborative networks with parties in Thailand and beyond in order to build full circular economies. Most recently, we have technology partnership with DOW (Thailand) to use recycled plastics as an ingredient in asphalt, helping to reduce ocean and community waste while also enhancing its efficiency as well as reducing carbon emissions from building roads. SCG genuinely hope that the “SD symposium 2018” will be a good initiation to develop collaboration between the government, private and people sectors. The event will also help driving innovations as well as promote the environment-friendly process to develop a concrete sustainable foundation as it will be one of the most important key strategies for Thailand 4.0.” concluded Mr. Roongrote. Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO of World Business Council for Sustainable Development, added: “The circular economy concept is an innovative and revolutionizing concept that defies traditional manufacturing and consumption behaviors. It allows the global economic system to be the most efficient use of natural resources. In order to make this concept be widespread in the business community, we must start with instilling a conscience within the management and employees to head towards the same goal. At the same time, all sectors must also concern the problems and come together to make a change to our world.” ASEAN is a relatively challenging region, as it is still in the process of driving developments, uplifting the quality of living, and acting as a key manufacturing hub catering to the world’s continuously increasing demands. This results in shortages of resources. Successful implementation of the circular economy concept can help to promote the manufacturing of products and services using innovation that helps to maximize the efficiency of resources use. This effectively helps to reduce corporations’ operation costs from use of resources, thereby increasing their competitive edge, which could bring about growth opportunities on the global level, worth USD 4.5 trillion by 2030 (source: CEO Guide to the Circular Economy, WBCSD). In addition, circular economy can also help to reduce carbon emissions, leading to improved living conditions around the world and realizing the Paris Agreement as well as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.” SCG has ensured that the SD Symposium 2018 was also a green event, by utilizing resources efficiently environmentally-friendly and recycling where possible. Air conditioning temperature was set at 25 degrees Celsius. Participants were also encouraged to use public transportation to travel to the event and refrain from wearing jackets. SCG will also reforest together with offset a carbon credit from waste heat power generator in cement production to make the symposium carbon neutral.
SCG leads over 900 volunteers to build fish homes, return fertility to eastern coast and fortify Thai local fishery in sustainable way

SCG leads over 900 volunteers to build fish homes, return fertility to eastern coast and fortify Thai local fishery in sustainable way

Date: 26 Jun 2018

SCG leads over 900 volunteers to build fish homes Return fertility to eastern coast and fortify Thai local fishery in sustainable way Rayong (23 June 2018) – SCG, in cooperation with government agencies and local fishing community, hosted “Conserving Water from the Mountains to the Mighty Rivers… Volunteer Building SCG Fish Home” at Laem Charoen Public Park, Rayong province. The activity this year is part of SCG’s continuing efforts to drive forward the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s philosophy’s water resource sustainable management “Conserving Water from the Mountains to the Mighty Rivers” project, which has been carried out in many regions of the country with comprehensive water resource management in consideration to the unique environment and specific needs in each area from upstream to downstream. More than 900 volunteers nationwide participated in the event to build a total of 50 artificial fish homes, which will be placed underwater as marine nursery habitats. SCG Fish Home will help restore coastal marine ecosystems while at the same time improve living conditions and foster local fisher folk empowerment. Initiated in 2011, SCG Fish Home project has been intended to rehabilitate the marine resources and improve the quality of life of the community. Operating business in Rayong has allowed SCG to get in touch with the community and acknowledge the issues surrounding the decreasing number of aquatic animals, the company has cooperated with the Office of Marine and Coastal Resources Management 1 and Fisher Folk Group in Rayong to establish the Fish Home project. The fish home innovation is made from unused PE100 pipes which are produced from Chemicals Business’ polyethylene pipes left from SCG manufacturing’s moulding test, and is thus part of the “Waste to Value” practice according to the circular economy concept. The material is environmentally friendly and has a solid durability of over 50 years. The SCG Fish Home project has recently entered into its 7th year. Due date, over 1,400 fish homes were built and placed at the conserved area covering up to 35 square kilometres in Rayong, Chonburi and Chanthaburi. Local fisher folk groups have joined force and worked together to protect the conservative area, sheltering the aquatic animals and allowing them to grow. Since the fish home project was launched in 2012, SCG has been working closely with the government agencies, the local fishing communities and marine scientists for deliberate follow-ups. According to the survey conducted in December 2017, the population density around the coastal areas where SCG’s fish homes are located has been increasing, leading to a consistent growth of biological diversity. The number of marine species found in the areas increased to 172 species, including commercial marine animals, ornamental fish, baby aquatic animals, crustaceans and plankton. to rehabilitate the marine resources and allow the number of aquatic animals to grow. Mr. Cholanat Yanaranop, President of SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd, said, “SCG has cooperated with government sectors and the community to manage water resources in Rayong through a range of collaborative activities, including the Yai Da Mountains check dam construction project in the upstream to the Fish Home project in the downstream. The key method that contributes to the project’s continued success for over the past 6 years are not only about the constructions we made in the forms of fish homes or check dams, it’s the community and all related parties who singleheartedly join force to carry on the conservation. The power of volunteers is another factor that leads the projects to success as well. Since launched, over 10,000 volunteers nationwide have joined us in building fish homes and spreading the conservation mindset.” “To reduce the costs and time, and prevent damage possibly caused by the original fish home laying pattern, SCG has recently developed a new placement method. This year we attached 10 fish homes close to one another in a raft on the shore, and use plastic buoys as a tool to pass them to the specified areas of placement. In addition, SCG is currently under the process of producing fish homes from recyclable plastic waste generally found on the beach and communities according to the circular economy concept,” Mr. Cholanat added. Rayong Deputy Governor Mr. Teerawat Sudsook, said, “Local fishery has been Rayong’s local wisdom for many years, and is considered the pride of the Rayong people. Meanwhile, the industrial sector is also one of the significant gears that has been driving the province’s economy simultaneously. I am pleased to see both industrial sectors and fishing communities collaborating to conserve and rehabilitate the coastal and marine resources today. I also believe that SCG’s Fish Home project will help ignite other natural resource development projects in Rayong in the future in accordance with the province’s vision ‘The City of Innovation with Balanced Development the Basis of Sufficiency’ and continue to support the lives and careers of the people and the industry in a sustainable manner.” Mr.Puchong Saritdeechaikul, Director of Marine and Coastal Resources Conservation Centre 1, said “SCG Fish Home project aligns well with the Office’s mission to protect and rehabilitate the marine resources and to encourage conservation movement among the community. To achieve the target, it requires single-minded, unified community members and community rules to ensure proper resource conservation. It is also important to instill the spirit of environmental conservation among all parties concerned and have them joined force in the conservation movement. The fish homes as we see today are the result of the contribution from everyone. They will serve as a ‘bank of the sea’ that the fisher folk can cultivate and rely on in a sustainable manner.” Mr. Maitree Rodpon, President of Fisher Folk Community Enterprise of Mueang District and Baan Chang Samakkee District, said, “The fisher folk’ participation in SCG Fish Home project not only allows us to help create fertility to the marine biology system, but also helps strengthen and unify the fishery groups, leading to a strong community network. We are committed to pass on the local fishery wisdom and environmentally-conscious way of life to our children and the next generations in order to maintain the fisher folk legacy.” SCG is planning to continue expanding the Fish Home project to cover all fisher folk groups in the eastern coast by 2020. More 400 fish homes are expected to be placed on the ocean grounds by next year.
Chemicals Business, SCG, Joins Forces with 20 Partners from Public, Private, and Civil Society to Drive Sustainable Plastic and Waste Management

Chemicals Business, SCG, Joins Forces with 20 Partners from Public, Private, and Civil Society to Drive Sustainable Plastic and Waste Management

Date: 6 Jun 2018

Mr. Cholanat Yanaranop, President of SCG Chemicals, signed a memorandum of understanding to join a collaboration “Public-Private Partnership for Sustainable Plastic and Waste Management” initiated by Plastic Industry Club under the Federation of Thai Industries, Business Council for Sustainable Development (TBCSD), private sector and civil society. The partnership declared its intention to collaboratively drive the initiative for at least 5 years with an aim to reduce waste and promote sustainable plastic and waste management by adopting Circular Economy approaches. The initiative aims to mobilize action to reduce plastic waste in Thai ocean with no less than 50 percent by the year 2027. 20 partnering organizations took part in the collaborative effort. The MoU ceremony was held at Eden Zone, CentralWorld on World Environment Day, 5th June 2018.
RIL Industrial Estate of Chemicals Business, SCG, has been certified “Eco-Excellence” level and recognized as the first and only industrial park in Thailand ...

RIL Industrial Estate of Chemicals Business, SCG, has been certified “Eco-Excellence” level and recognized as the first and only industrial park in Thailand ...

Date: 5 Jun 2018

RIL Industrial Estate of Chemicals Business, SCG, has recently been certified “Eco-Excellence” level from Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, Ministry of Industry. It is recognized as the first and only industrial park in Thailand that achieved the honorary status. Mr. Pichet Tangpanyarat (middle), Olefins Operation Director of SCG Chemicals, and Mr. Chakart Patanasri (left), Director of Office of Joint-Management Industrial Estate of Map Ta Phut Complex received a trophy and certification from Mr. Somchai Harnhirun (right), Deputy Minister of Industry. The development of RIL Industrial Estate under Chemicals Business, SCG, as a pilot eco-industrial park shows a firm commitment of SCG to sustainable development through its business's activities. RIL Industrial Estate has been certified "Eco-Champion" with the highest score for three consecutive years, and its continual development results in a status upgrade to "Eco-Excellence" in 2017. Furthermore, it is set to move toward the highest level "Eco-World Class."
Energy Minister Visits SCG Chemicals Operation Excellence Training Center

Energy Minister Visits SCG Chemicals Operation Excellence Training Center

Date: 22 May 2018

Dr. Siri Jirapongphan, Energy Minister, along with energy experts visited SCG Chemicals Operation Excellence Training Center (OETC) in Rayong province. Mr. Charoenchai Prathuangsuksri, Managing Director of RIL 1996 Co., Ltd. and Rayong Engineering & Plant Services Co., Ltd. together with the management team welcomed the group and offered a tour of OETC and center facilities. SCG Chemicals established Operation Excellence Training Center (OETC) in 2011 and has operated under the concept of “Knowledge Exchange and Hands-on Experience” aiming to provide training courses to staff of SCG Chemicals as well as those outside the organization.
SCG Chemicals Teams up with TRF and Chulalongkorn University to Develop Catalyst-Based Technology for Biodiesel and Bioethanol Industries

SCG Chemicals Teams up with TRF and Chulalongkorn University to Develop Catalyst-Based Technology for Biodiesel and Bioethanol Industries

Date: 21 May 2018

SCG Chemicals Teams up with TRF and Chulalongkorn University to Develop Catalyst-Based Technology for Biodiesel and Bioethanol Industries to Strengthen Thailand’s Competitiveness towards Sustainable Growth SCG Chemicals led by Dr. Suracha Udomsak, R&D Director and Emerging Businesses Director (far left) entered into memorandum of understanding on R&D collaboration of “CAT-REAC Industrial Project” with the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) led by Prof. Dr. Suthipun Jitpimolmard (4th from left), Thailand Research Fund Director and Chulalongkorn University by Prof. Bundhit Eua-arporn (5th from left), President of Chulalongkorn University. The MoU was also signed by founding partners from 5 private organizations. The collaboration of government, educational institutions, and private sector will foster knowledge creation to seek an appropriate direction to develop catalyst-based technology and chemical reaction engineering for biodiesel, bioethanol and catalyst industries such as petrochemical sector. The development of new catalyst befitting Thailand will benefit the production of high value-added products which will not only reduce import dependence but also contribute to a decrease of over 100 million Baht in industrial spending. The internal technology development will create sustainable competitive advantages of Thailand in an international arena.