WSP appointed by Saudi Electricity Company to support environmental sustainability strategy

Appointment will see global consultancy’s Environment and Sustainability Advisory team work with SEC across two phases

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has announced the appointment of WSP, the global professional services consulting firm, to support the utility provider in achieving compliance against local and international environmental regulations.

In a statement, SEC said that the consultancy would help it support the Kingdom’s environment and sustainability ambitions, and help it become an industry pioneer. The utility giant said that it had commissioned an environmental compliance programme covering all of its facilities in the Kingdom, driven by Vision 2030, which aims to protect and enhance the Kingdom’s environment.

The project’s aims include achieving the environmental compliance requirements for SEC’s operation facilities and assets, against the standards and regulations set by the National Centre for Environmental Compliance.

As per the deal, WSP’s Environment and Sustainability Advisory team will help the SEC in achieving these compliances, across two phases. The statement added that the move comes in line with SEC’s vision of being a leading power provider while protecting the environment through sustainable solutions.

Dr Abdullah M. AlShoaibi, Environment & Sustainability Manager, SEC, said: “We at the Saudi Electricity Company collaborate with WSP to develop corrective action plans and an EMS to ensure we achieve environmental sustainability and improve SEC’s Environmental and Sustainability Performance towards KSA’s sustainable future.”

As part of the first phase of the project, WSP will identify all compliance gaps, provide environmental auditing services, and develop the environmental compliance action plans and procedures required to achieve legal compliance with NCEC’s requirements.

The second phase will cover oversighting, tracking, and monitoring the Environmental Compliance Action plans’ implementation, including the development of key performance indicator to monitor and control the progress across SEC’s operation sites and assets.

Furthermore, WSP’s Environment & Sustainability Advisory team will also support SEC with the development of an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on international benchmarks.

The development of the EMS is a target set by SEC and defined as an internal KPI for meeting International Organisation for Standardisation’s (ISO) requirements, the statement continued.

On the project win, May Faraj, Head of Environment & Sustainability, WSP Middle East said: “I am confident our expertise and technical skills in the Environment & Sustainability space will lay the foundation for successful outcomes. What we’re setting out to achieve here is the provision of advisory services underpinned by bringing SEC’s sustainability commitments to realisation, in line with Vision 2030.

“We are proud to have been appointed by SEC; this is a strategic partnership on both ends. As we support SEC to achieve its sustainability ambitions, we are also thrilled to be working on such a big-scale project with a company of this magnitude,” he continued.

Mahmoud Hashish, Project Director and KSA Environment & Sustainability Lead, WSP Middle East added that the consultancy will continue to work closely with SEC, to ensure environmental compliance and protection, set up benchmarks for SEC to become pioneers in their field, and implement a national transformation plan in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

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