Right from the initial stages, the Company has always given utmost attention to environmental care and protection. Extensive anti-pollution measures have been incorporated in the design of the units. BPCL Green Kochi Refinery is an ISO 14001 company, which confirms that Kochi Refinery’s Green Environment Management Systems conform to international standards. Kochi Refinery is the first organisation in Kerala to receive the ISO 14001 certification.
The design of the effluent water treatment system is such that the water discharged from the treatment unit is well within the quality levels prescribed by the State Pollution Control Board and the national standards. In fact, Kochi Refinery is the first industrial unit in Kerala permitted by the State Pollution Control Board, to discharge treated water into inland rivers. BPCL-KR has installed Sulphur Recovery units to minimise the SO2 emissions from the Refinery. KR has also installed three fully automatic, on-line and computerised Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations for regular monitoring of ambient air quality. To reduce particulate matter emission from the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit, an electrostatic precipitator was commissioned in 1985. KR is the first Refinery in India to install this facility.
Sustainable development is the mantra of Bharat Petroleum and Kochi Refinery is in the forefront of protecting the environment for future generations. KR produces auto fuels (MS & HSD) conforming to the implementation of fuel quality norms in the region. The auto fuel up gradation to BS-IV standards and the steps taken to implement BS-VI standards by year 2020 are the testimony in itself.
An ecological park developed within the company premises in 2005 has over 4000 different species of trees, flowering plants, herbal trees. The ecological park and the treated effluent waterbed attract different birds including seasonal migratory birds. Butterfly parks at the Refinery also exhibit the pollution free atmosphere.
In order to increase the green cover around refinery, 25000 trees were planted recently in and around the Refinery. The future projection for green cover and quantity of Carbon sequestrated has also been estimated upto 2030.
The Rain water harvesting schemes inside the refinery is another project for environmental protection. Water collected from this facility is routed to cooling towers as make up water. Water Audits are done regularly. Roof top Rain Water Harvesting in an area of 11000 m2 is being implemented at the new Propylene Derivative Petrochemical Project area.
Kochi Refinery recycled 23.63 tons of paper during the year, equivalent to saving around 402 trees and 24 Tons of CO2e. A document on centralized hazardous waste segregation and management plan has also been prepared by the Refinery.
KR continues its efforts to build awareness on environment protection among different stakeholders and students through its awareness classes and innovative ENCON clubs constituted in seventy educational institutions spread all over Kerala.
In recognition of the measures taken up by KR in the field of pollution control & environmental management, various awards have been conferred on Kochi Refinery.