Over 100 experts from around the world discussed over three days how companies can become key players in the regional energy industry by fostering operational excellence, governance and embedding a culture of world-class environment, health and safety (EHS) standards to ensure that employees, contractors, communities and assets are protected.
Key speakers included Ahmad Buti Al Muhairbi, secretary general, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO of ENOC Group; Jamal Zaal, vice president, corporate health, safety, sustainability and environment, Dubai Airports; Andrew Jackson, Her Majesty’s Consul General, British Embassy Dubai; Louise Kingham, chief executive, Energy Institute; Thomas A H Pols, health and safety manager, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Dutch Shell; and Dr Eng Waddah Ghanem, senior director, sustainability, operational and business excellence, ENOC.
Al Falasi said: “We are pleased to work with Energy Institute to organise the second Middle East HSE and Sustainability Forum, a platform we believe has brought together research and academic communities with industry regulators to shed light on EHS, sustainability, energy efficiency challenges, and opportunities that are facing the energy sector in our region.”
“The Middle East HSE and Sustainability Forum serves as a catalyst to promote best practices in EHS, which is also central to achieving Dubai’s 2030 Integrated Energy Strategy,” added Al Falasi.
Kingham said: “The EI takes great pride in organising the Middle East HSE and Sustainability Forum and ENOC’s continued support once again ensured an enormously successful event. The rich calibre of speakers and quality debate that took place over the three days provided an excellent platform for industry, academia and policy makers to share knowledge on delivering sustainable and safe working practices.”
This year’s forum included a series of roundtable discussions. Some of the topics discussed at the forum included: The value of adopting international HSE good practices; Smart safety systems; Improving health and safety performance; The future of HSE in the digital world; occupational safety versus process safety; the industry’s role in delivering energy safely; managing health hazards and reducing their impact on workers’ wellbeing; and the importance of retrofitting in reducing Dubai’s energy demand.
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