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The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the voice of the petrochemical and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf, organized the first-of-its-kind workshop dedicated to the RC14001® standard in collaboration with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) from 5-6 March 2024 at the Pullman Downtown Hotel, Dubai, UAE.

The joint two-day workshop held in partnership with the ACC was dedicated to the technical standard, RC14001®, which combines ISO 14001 with the Responsible Care Management System (RCMS)® requirements. The workshop attracted 63 delegates from across the GCC region, and an impressive line up of speakers, who shared their insights into Responsible Care®, exemplary practices and the RC14001 infrastructure, resources and growth expectations.

Mohamed Seraj, Senior Specialist, Responsible Care®, GPCA, delivered the Opening remarks, while Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun presented the Welcome address on Day one.  He began by highlighting the key milestones achieved so far in GPCA’s Responsible Care® journey, from adopting the program in 2009, to becoming the youngest association to join the Responsible Care Leadership Group three years later, launching the GPCA Responsible Care Conference and Awards and so on.

Despite consistent production capacity expansion, the chemical industry’s maintained excellent Responsible Care performance, achieving 3% reduction in recordable incidents, 33% reduction in chemical related incidents, 15% reduction in water discharge, 12% drop in CO2 intensity and 11% reduction in GHG per ton of production, highlighted Dr. Al-Sadoun. ​

Dan Roczniak, Senior Director, Responsible Care, American Chemistry Council, provided a short history of RC14001 as part of his keynote address. The ACC developed the standard in the early 2000s in response to demand from automakers in the US. Currently, around 300 locations are certified to RC14001 (individually or as a group).

Day one of the workshop continued with an array of insightful presentations, exemplary practices and group exercise delivered by senior industry practitioners from Saudi Arabia, India and Kuwait. ​

Delegates returned for the second day of the workshop to attend a panel discussion on auditor RC14001 non-conformance observations, moderated by Dan Roczniak, featuring Balamurugan Sambasivam, Area Manager, DNV, and Susan Jacob, Technical Manager for Europe, Middle East, Africa & India, ABS Quality Evaluations Inc.

The workshop concluded with a small group exercise, as part of which participants shared information about top non-conformities for their organizations and strategies and actions used to address them.