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BP HSE expert to speak at Environment 2001

posted on 31/01/2001: 1558 views

BP's Vice President for Environmental Affairs, Kathryn Shanks, will be addressing the world's top scientists and professionals attending the Environment 2001 Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi next month. The event, to be held from February 4 to 8, under the patronage of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, aims to bring together all those with an interest in global environment and sustainable development, such as international institutions, agencies and industry, as well as non-governmental organisations, according to a press release issued today.

At the conference, Shanks will talk about BP's policy on the environment and projects BP is involved in. From using solar panels to power BP Connect service stations, to developing cleaner fuels and implementing programmes that reduce greenhouse gas emission, Shanks' particular interest lies in finding workable solutions that translate policy into progress. Shanks current role involves leading a team that develops policy and implementation programmes on global health, safety and environment issues. She also coordinates relationships with key environmental and non-governmental organisations. "The world's need for energy is growing. To play a leading role in meeting these needs without damaging the environment is BP's goal,” she said, according to the release.

Meanwhile, two locally based artists have been commissioned by BP to paint a giant picture inspired by the UAE's natural beauty, as part of celebrations marking the fourth UAE National Environment Day. The ‘masterpiece' will emerge during the course of the five-day Environment 2001 and Exhibition and Conference in the capital, according to a press release.

The artists Tania Beaumont and Judy Roberts, will work on an eight feet by four feet canvas at the BP exhibition stand. Their live and unique work of art will begin on the morning of February 4 and conclude on February 8. Tania Beaumont said that the large-scale project will encapsulate the Emirates' pristine environment, with a touch of fantasy, since the picture will incorporate underwater scenes, as well as desert and mountainous landscapes.

The acrylic painting on board will also feature endangered species such as the Arabian Oryx, Peregrine Falcon and the mountain leopard. The Arabian oryx is the beneficiary of a pilot project supported by BP at the Arabia Wildlife Centre in Sharjah. The other artist Judy Roberts, has designed several sets of stamps representing wildlife for the UAE Postal Authority. Once completed, the painting will grace the Abu Dhabi office of BP, according to Dr. Michael Daly, BP's President in the Gulf states. "I hope it will provoke many insights into this country, its natural environment and our role in its convservation,” he said, according to the release. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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