Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell fuels and lubricants, has partnered with Little Green Hands – My Kid is a Super Star to create a culture of environmental care among school children in the fight against climate change. They conducted environmental symposiums in 30 schools that have come together on World Earth Day, 22nd April 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala to participate in a climate change conference. The children presented messages on the theme of “The child citizen finding our own solutions to the climate change crisis”.
Speaking at the opening of the conference, Vivo Energy’s managing director, Mr. Hans Paulsen, said that this is part of Vivo Energy’s efforts to instill in young people a sense of ownership and pride in their environment. He noted that children and are the future and that their involvement in conservation is a necessity for the survival of the planet earth.
Paulsen cautioned citizens to avoid illegal tree harvesting, one of the leading causes of environmental degradation. “Uganda has already lost two-thirds of its forests in the last 20 years and if action is not taken could lose all of its forested land by 2050. This would have severe repercussions for the country’s poorest people. Issues surrounding deforestation have to be addressed.” said Paulsen.
He added that as a company that deals in fuel, Vivo Energy has both a direct responsibility for the impact it makes and a business, and also a responsibility to educate local communities to help them protect the environment. “In all our operations our target is goal zero which means zero harm to people, assets and environment. We have prioritised environmental management in the design of all our structures and in our operations.”
This conference saw 250 children join together to develop solutions to the existing climate change crisis. The brilliant presentations by the schools challenged policy makers to address issues of environmental management with urgency.
About Vivo Energy Uganda
Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda for over 60 years. Vivo Energy Uganda has a storage capacity of 18,297 m³ and 116 service stations with a majority offering of Shell Cards and convenience retail stores. Vivo Energy Uganda employs 120 permanent employees but the business provides indirect employment to over 3,000 people. The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.
Vivo Energy operates in retail; commercial fuels (marine, mining and aviation through Vitol Aviation); liquefied petroleum gas and lubricants in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.
The company employs around 2,100 people and operates 1,500 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants will have blending capacity of around 91,000 metric tons at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.
Vivo Energy Uganda: Communications Manager
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