Managing our environmental impact is one of the focus areas towards our commitment to sustainability. Engen remains firmly committed to reducing the negative environmental impacts of our operations and to strengthening our positive environmental impacts.

Monitoring of environmental impacts is mainly done at our refinery, which accounts for most of our direct environmental impacts. We ensure conformance with environmental legislation and PETRONAS minimum standards throughout the Engen group.

Environmental management systems

We have implemented Phase 1 and 2 of PETRONAS Minimum Environmental Management Standards (MEMS) at our Refinery. Phase 2 has been implemented at our other facilities. This standardisation will ensure a consistent approach to protecting and minimising the impacts of our activities on the environment.

The Engen Refinery, including the Wentworth Depot, and Engen Lubricating Oil Blend Plant (LOBP) continue to meet the ISO 14001 environmental management requirements. During 2012 our Richards Bay Terminal has completed stage 2 of the ISO 14001 certification process.

We actively manage the following material environmental issues:

  • Water
  • Energy
  • Greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Climate change
  • Waste 
  • Loss of Primary Containment incidents (including spills)

Our environmental activities

To enable us to perform in an environmentally sound manner, we actively partake in environmental activities inside and outside the company. Some of these include:

  • Engen is an active member of South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) and contributes to industry concerns including sustainability, safety and the environment, skills development, fuel specifications and service station security.
  • Engen participates in the Refinery Managers Environmental Forum (RMEF), which comprises petroleum refinery environmental managers and is held under the auspices of SAPIA on a regular basis. The RMEF meetings are chaired on a rotational basis by one of the refinery managers of the participating petroleum companies. The RMEF’s objective is to engage, inter alia on matters such as the petroleum industry environmental legislation, and to interface with authorities on matters of common interest.
  • Engen is part of a group of companies that voluntarily work together to support the National Business Initiative’s (NBI) objectives of promoting sustainable growth and development in South Africa through partnerships, practical programmes and policy engagement.
  • We participate in NBI forums and were be part of the NBI Energy Efficiency Technical Committee (EETC, later replaced by Energy Efficiency Leadership Network, EELN), with meetings on a monthly basis to discuss and share experiences on various energy efficiency initiatives, including liaison with government authorities on energy and climate change policy and processes.
  • Engen is a founding signatory to the Energy Efficiency Leadership Network (EELN), created to take forward the objectives of the Energy Efficiency Accord, an agreement between government and industry for implementation of energy efficiency.
  • Engen has continued to host a number of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) forums, which cover a wide range of energy and climate change topics. SANEA offers Engen the opportunity to exchange energy related information between South Africans and between South Africa and players internationally, via the World Energy Council networks. SANEA stimulates original thought and catalyses transformation of the energy sector.