Principles of SHE Management
- We will voluntarily follow and carry out SHE-related laws and regulations.
- We will prevent accidents in the workplace through safety measures and establish a collective/cooperative culture of safety.
- We will continue improving the working environment and offer healthcare activities to promote a healthy life for stakeholders in and outside the company.
- We will contribute to the local community and worldwide conservation efforts through activities to reduce emission of pollutants and GHG and the development of environmentally friendly products.
- We will make our SHE results public to stakeholders in Korea and abroad in a transparent manner.
SHE Management System
Safety culture and process safety management (PSM) are taking root at GS Caltex based on our CEO’s staunch commitment to
SHE management policies and actions.
- CEO’s Commitment
- Safety is the key to sustainable growth. Safety and trust are crucial for increasing profitability.
- Establishment of Safety Culture
- Safety Culture Transformation Program
- Internalization of Process Safety Management (PSM)
- People Education and training, incident investigation, partner management
- Facilities/ Equipment Maintenance inspection, safety inspection before operations
- System Process safety information, safe operation instruction procedures, safe work permit procedures, process risk analysis , and management of change (MOC)
- Emergency Response Stronger emergency response capabilities
Reduction of Air Pollution
As increased awareness of the seriousness of fine dust and air pollution gives rise to higher social expectations and standards, GS Caltex is taking a proactive approach to reducing air pollutants at our worksites. We use LNG as the primary energy source in our purification process to reduce particulate matters, sulfur oxides, and nitrogen oxides which cause fine dust. We operate a leak detection and repair (LDAR) system to manage all equipment that can leak VOC (volatile organic compounds). In addition to these measures, we invest in the following equipment and facilities to take to lead in reducing air pollution in Korea.
Ultra Low NOx Burner
Selective Catalytic Reduction
Wet Gas Scrubber
Prevention facilities, including electrical collector, scrubber, regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO), vapor recovery unit (VRU)
Tele Monitoring System
Air Pollution Emissions
Nitrogen oxide(Nox) : 2,858.4 tons (2019) → 2,091.2 tons (2020)
Sulfur oxide(SOx) : 1,901.5 tons (2019) → 138.4 tons (2020)
Carbon Monoxide(CO) : 359.7 tons (2019) → 37.1 tons (2020)
Reduction of Water Pollution
GS Caltex applies higher standards than required by law to treat wastewater generated in our worksites before discharge. We also manage wastewater produced during our production process on a daily basis through our monitoring system for wastewater sources. The wastewater is reused in our processing facilities, and we are pursuing other ways to recycle wastewater.
We reuse wastewater produced during the process for the de-alkalization facilities. Since 2018, we have reused the wastewater in our kerosene and diesel refinery and improved the total recycling rate to 17.7%.
Wastewater recycling rate: 17.6% (2019) → 17.5% (2020)
Concentration of Water Pollutants
Biochemical Oxygen Demand(BOD): 7.3ppm (2019) → 8.2ppm (2020)
Management of Hazardous Materials
Our CMP (chemical management portal) ensures that all chemical substances produced or purchased by GS Caltex will be reviewed by our experts before they are introduced to our work process.
We make every effort to verify the components and hazardousness of chemical substance as well as confirm that applicable rules and regulations are being followed so that employees, partners, customers, and all those who treat the chemical substance can do so safely. To that end, we are continually operating and improving on the following aspects of CMP.
Periodic confirmation of substance components hazardousness
Systemization of chemical substance licensing management
Strengthening of standards for pre-purchase suitability assessment
Compliance with standards for facilities and treatment of chemical substances
Waste Materials Management
GS Caltex is dedicated to reducing waste materials, maximizing their reuse, and treating waste materials safely during storage, transportation, and processing. Within GS Caltex, our waste materials are categorized by type and stored separately. Onsite departments manage their own production of waste materials to encourage reduction. Outside of the company, we share information about hazardousness, etc. with the companies that dispose of our waste materials to further promote safe and environmentally friendly disposal. Furthermore, we are working on ways to recycle waste materials and searching for recycling companies to maximize the reuse of waste materials.
Waste material recycling rate : 76.0% (2019) → 78.5% (2020)
Prevention of Soil Contamination
GS Caltex signed an agreement with the Ministry of Environment as part of our ongoing commitment to soil conservation. We also operate clean gas stations equipped with double wall storage tank, double containment piping system, oil overflow prevention facility, and water leakage or spillage prevention facility to prevent soil contamination. At our production plants, we relocated underground oil pipes to the ground level and installed monitoring systems to check soil and groundwater contamination at all times.
Investment in the environment(Prevention of pollution in water resource, oceans, atmosphere, and soil) : KRW 61.6 billion (2019) → KRW 30.5 billion (2020)
Development of Eco-Friendly Products
GS Caltex is pushing ahead in the development of clean and energy-efficient, eco-friendly products. We produce 2,3-BDO, found in plants and fermented foods. The 2,3-BDO that we produce using biomass like wood waste and microorganisms is non-toxic and highly moisturizing. Currently used as an ingredient in cosmetics, we are researching and developing more applications for the organic compound as a food additive, pharmaceutical additive, etc. We also produce biodiesel made from vegetable oil mixed with motor diesel.
We consistently strive to minimize pollutants and resources consumption at every point in the production, consumption, and disposal of our products. In particular, our kerosene is produced by an advanced refinery process. The result is a highly purified and eco-friendly product that emits less harmful gases and does not irritate the eyes. Our kerosene also lacks the noxious smell of most petroleum, which means that it can be stored indoors without disturbing a pleasant environment. It also earned an eco-label from the Ministry of Environment for sulfur content that comes in under the legal limit.