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Environment authority, oil ministry ink agreement on emissions check

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Cooperation to reflect positively on public health

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 18: The Environment Public Authority and the Ministry of Oil signed on Tuesday a memorandum of cooperation to monitor various emissions and try to reduce them, which will reflect positively on public health and Kuwait’s commitments to international treaties.

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Environment Public Authority Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil Sheikh Dr. Nimr Fahd Al-Malik Al-Sabah during the signing of the memorandum of cooperation.

The Chairman and Director-General of the authority, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah, told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) after the signing that the statement will be transmitted through this memorandum through an electronic system between the two sides to monitor various emissions and conduct joint training courses between the two sides to transfer the expertise in the oil sector to the environment authority to deal with oil issues.

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad added that the memorandum would contribute to the implementation of international commitments related to reducing Kuwait’s emissions and participating in climate change conferences and others, which would positively affect public health, in addition to carrying out many environmental awareness campaigns to raise community environmental awareness in all issues, especially oil and emissions issues and how to deal with it.

He explained that there are many previous agreements between the two parties, and through this memorandum, the electronic link will be direct with the oil, because it is from the competent authorities of the oil companies to transfer information from them to the ministry and then deliver it to the Environment Agency. Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad affirmed the state’s continued dependence on oil as a source of income, and therefore work will be done to continue this source and work to reduce emissions in direct coordination with the Ministry of Oil and the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, indicating that the authority’s stations are working continuously to monitor emissions and the stations of the Ministry of Oil that are connected to the authority’s automated system.

For his part, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil Sheikh Dr. Nimr Fahd Al-Malik Al-Sabah said that this memorandum will contribute to the flow of data and information between the two sides and link them automatically to ensure that the documentary cycle of this data is reduced. Sheikh Dr. Nimr Al-Sabah indicated that this memorandum will support the Ministry of Oil in supervising oil companies and implementing the applicable laws and regulations, which will be reflected in Kuwait’s position in international agreements. He pointed out that this memorandum will contribute to qualifying employees through joint training courses, which will benefit both sides in dealing with emissions. (KUNA)