The Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Jeff Ewing, on Tuesday,
September 17, 2019 chaired the 2019 edition of the PRSG-Richardson Health, Safety, Security
and the Environment (HSSE) Forum at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, where
he advocated continuous global engagement and action to reduce greenhouse emissions and
address climate change issues.
In his keynote address on Global Warming-Real Issues and Our Responsibility, Jeff who was
represented by Rick Kennedy, Director, Deepwater and Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs),
stressed the need for all stakeholders – international agencies, government, business leaders and
individuals to look at the concerns holistically and understand how human activities contribute
to climate change.
According to him, CNL, as a responsible corporate organization, is committed to improving
how reliable and affordable energy is developed and delivered to meet global demand. “In CNL,
we proactively consider climate change risks and opportunities in our business decisions and
works constructively with government and other stakeholders towards balanced policies to
address potential climate change risks, while continuing to produce affordable, reliable and
increasingly cleaner energy to support social and economic growth,” he said.
On CNL’s contributions to address climate change issues, Mr. Ewing noted that the company
has invested in major capital projects aimed at eliminating routine flares from its operations and
executing a profitable gas business through a range of domestic, regional and export supply
facilities that fulfill the requirements of our domestic gas supply obligation and support the
Nigerian Gas Master Plan. “With the support of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, we
have reduced routine flaring in our operations by over 90% in the last 10 years and continue to
execute various projects towards eliminating routine flaring from our operations,” he disclosed.
According to him, the company’s governance, risk management and strategy processes are
enough to mitigate risks and capture opportunities associated with climate change. “Managing
climate change risks is an important element of Chevron’s strategic focus towards providing
cleaner energy and delivering superior performance that supports sustainable development
goals, he noted.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of an award to CNL for its contributions to the
Health, Safety, Security and the Environment (HSSE) practices in Nigeria and beyond. Another
award was presented to Mr. Ewing for his relentless commitment to HSSE management and
local content development in Nigeria.