Lagos — Total Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to preservation of the environment. The company disclosed this as it signed a Special Purpose Grant, SPG, with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR, to reduce plastic pollution and help save the environment.
It said that as a responsible energy company, it is committed to the preservation of the environment and considers plastic recycling a sustainable path to this commitment.
Total in Nigeria signed the agreement with UNITAR on April 1, 2019, and this was countersigned by the UN Assistant Secretary General Executive Director, UNITAR, Nikhil Seth.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, Total E&P Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Nicolas Terraz, represented by the Executive General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Mr. Vincent Nnadi, said: “We expect that this project will bring a turnaround to the Nigerian recycling sector and also create employment at every step of the value chain.”
In his response, Country Head and Resident Representative of UNITAR, Lawrence Boms stated: “This is not the first time we’ve been in partnership with Total. We know the Sustainable Development Goals are not done on paper; you have to do practical things to create employability; and do something to save the planet. That is why we are really interested and happy to partner with Total this time again.”
The two-year project is expected to create employment, induce research and finally unbundle opportunities to small and medium scale enterprises.
The grant will be managed by UNITAR with an implementation committee to create a full cycle recycling plant which will be located in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.