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Best practices of Bulgarian chemical companies in Responsible Care initiative


The BCCI is part of Responsible Care global initiative since 2004. Over 30 chemical companies - members of the BCCI have passed an audit for certification and received a license to use Responsible Care® logo, signing an Agreement to continuously improve their performances in the fields of environmental protection, occupational safety and health protection.

The purpose of the conference is to make a review of the achievements in continuous improvement in health, safety and environmental protection in manufacturing processes and products by individual companies and to share, once again, best practices. Mr. Francis LEVEQUE, Cefic Responsible Care Manager, will participate at the event.

The conference will take place in Sofia, Hotel Central Forum, 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd. on May 17, 2017.


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Workshop "The circular economy - the contribution of the Bulgarian chemical industry"
06.04.2017

The Bulgarian Chamber of Chemical Industry organizes the workshop "The circular economy - the contribution of the Bulgarian chemical industry".

The purpose of the workshop is to update the knowledge of current legislation on recycling and re-utilization of waste and water management, as well as to share best practices of leading chemical companies. Experts from CEFIC, MoEW and chemical companies are invited as lecturers.

The workshop will be held in Sofia, Hotel Central Forum, 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd. on April 6, 2017.


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Workshop "Changes to the Environmental Protection Act and the requirements for the implementation of REACH and CLP regulations
03.10.2016

The Bulgarian Chamber of Chemical Industry with the support of CEFIC organizes a workshop on "Changes to the Environmental Protection Act and the requirements for the implementation of REACH and CLP regulations".

The aim of the workshop is to update knowledge in the field of chemical legislation. Experts from the Ministry of Environment and Water and the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy are invited as lecturers.

The workshops will be held in Sofia, Hotel Central Forum, 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd. on November 3, 2016.


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Workshops - energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction
06.10.2016

The Bulgarian Chamber of Chemical Industry organizes two workshops to be held on October 6 this year:

"Enhancement of energy efficiency of the chemical companies in Bulgaria"

"Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with the chemical industry in Bulgaria"

Experts from CEFIC, the Ministry of Environment and Water, the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy and other institutions are invited as lecturers.

The workshops will be held in Hotel Central Forum, 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd., Sofia.


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Workshop "Responsible Care® Best Practices of the Chemical Companies in Bulgaria" - CARE AND RESPONSIBILITY TO HUMAN HEALTH
20.05.2016

The meeting will be held on May 20, 2016 at the premises of Sviloza AD, Svishtov.  The companies - members of the initiative will be presented with pre-certificates for the next period.


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Seminar-Training on REACH and IUCLID 6
20.04.2016

The aim of the seminar is to communicate the necessary knowledge and skills on how to use the latest versions of IUCLID 6 and CHESAR for preparing and submitting registration dossiers under REACH and chemical safety reports of the products.

The seminar will take place in Sofia, Central Forum Hotel, Conference Hall N2, 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd. on 20 and 21 April 2016


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Seminar "Effective and responsible use of resources"
30.09.2015

The aim of the seminar was to update the knowledge of the companies in the sector about the legislation on the use and utilization of water resources, the analysis and utilization of the generated industrial waste, as well as to share best practices of leading companies.

The Ministry of Environment and Water and the Executive Environmental Agency, the competent authorities for setting policies in these areas participated in the seminar with experts as lecturers on the topics.

New, high-tech solutions for the analysis of waste water were presented by MERCK Bulgaria EAD. Information on best practices and experience in the use of water and recycling waste was shared Svilosa AD / Svilocell EAD and Agropolychim AD.


Workshop "Good practices in Responsible Care of the chemical companies in Bulgaria"
29.05.2015

The event took place in the premises and with the kind hospitality of Agria AD, Plovdiv.

Participants in the meeting were representatives of Lukoil Neftochim Bulgaria AD Svilosa AD, Svilocell EAD, Svilosa-Yarn Ltd., MERCK Bulgaria EAD, Totem DD Ltd., BRENTAG Bulgaria EOOD, Zebra AD, Plastimo AD, Continvest Ltd., Panchim AD and representatives of BCCI.

The event started with a visit at Agria AD. The participants were welcomed by the Executive Director of the company Mr. Lazar Kochiev and the experts working in the field of environmental protection, energy efficiency and health and safety in the workplace. During the tour of the production plant and warehouses the hosts were fully informed about the measures to ensure good performance in health, safety and environmental protection in the company.

Mr. Kochiev presented the history and activities of the company's investments and performance. Mr. Botio Zaharinov - Head of "Safety, environment and quality" informed in detail about the best practices of Agria AD to protect the environment and human health, and Mr. Vasilev - Head of "Energy sources", presented the energy managment in the company and the achievements in the field of energy efficiency.

Ms. Lilyana Dombalova from BCCI presented SPiCE3 platform – a tool to increase energy efficiency. Mr. Zdravko Georgiev - Executive Director of the Sofia Energy Agency SOFENA talked about the implementation of ISO 50001 on Energy Management in Bulgaria.


”Chemical Safety and Nanomaterials” Workshop
30.09.2014

The purpose of this seminar is to update the knowledge of companies in the sector on the use of chemicals and nanomaterials and safety legislation in the field, to share initiatives, achievements and best practices. The event is sponsored by BASF, respectively BASF Ltd., CEFIC and the Hellenic Association of Chemical Industries.


Nanomaterials are widely used in the chemical industry - in the manufacture of rubber, perfume and cosmetics and other industries, and the chemical safety of chemicals and safety legislation in the field is a constant concern.

The provision of safety in the chemical industry is a key competency for the people working in the chemical industry, as well as in metallurgy and many other industries. Special knowledge and work habits to observe health and safety at work in the enterprise, the environmental protection and use of personal protective equipment are required.

The seminar is part of the activities set out in the annual program of the Chamber for the initiative Responsible Care.

Responsible Care is the common commitment of the global chemical industry for safe management of chemicals throughout their life cycle while promoting their role in improving the quality of life and contribution to sustainable development and excellence in the field of chemical industry. The initiative enhances public confidence and trust of commitment to industry for safe management of chemicals, while ensuring that the chemistry contributes to the improvement of standard of living, the quality of life and the environmental protection.

The Bulgarian Chamber of Chemical Industry is a member of Responsible Care over the past 10 years.

The workshop Chemical Safety and Nanomaterials will be held in Grand Hotel Sofia, Triaditsa Hall on September 30, 2014 at 9.00 am. Representatives of companies, the Bulgarian Chamber of Chemical Industry, the Bulgarian Rubber Industry Association, the Bulgarian National Association of Essential Oils, Perfumery and Cosmetics, representatives of the Bulgarian Industrial Association, governmental institutions and universities are invited to participate in the event.


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“Exchange of Best Practices Between Responsible Care Member Companies” Workshop"


The purpose of the event was an anual review of the initiatives and achievements achieved so far, in the field of the environmental protection, energy efficiency, health and safety in the workplace and other issues.

Representatives of Solvay Sodi AD gave presentations on “Solvay Sodi’s Best Practices at the Workplace”, “Risk Assessment of Key Energy Efficiency Measures” - the Solvate Project, and “Staff Development, Education and Training in Solvay Sodi AD”.

Svilocell PLC shared its experience in the field of the environmental protection. The RC newest member Brenntag Bulgaria EOOD gave a presentation on “Safety - the Most Essential Ingrediant”.

Pre-certifications for using Responsible Care logo and name till July 1, 2016 have been handed out.


Sector Advisory Council for the assessment of the competence of the workforce in the chemical industry


SAC for assessment of the competence is a permanent advisory, expert and coordinating body for policy making, cooperation, mutual consultations and partnership for the implementation of a competency-based approach to management, development and assessment of the workforce potential in the sector. SAC will operate as a separate, independent structure, institutionally linked to the National reference network set up under the Project "Development and implementation of an information system for assessing the competence of the workforce in sectors and regions."

The establishment of the Sectoral Advisory Board actually gives start of the activities for the implementation of the competence approach in the managament and the assessment of the competence of the workforce in the chemical industry. Founders of SAC are: managers and HR experts of the chemical companies participating as "pilot enterprises"; representatives of other leading companies in the sector; representatives from the public sector – NAVET; the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy; the National Labour Federation “Chemistry and Industry” to the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB); the National Federation "Chemistry" to the Confederation of Labor "Podkrepa"; project partners; representatives of BIA and BCCI.


The new liquid ammonia terminal of Agropolychim should become operational by the end of 2013


For us, this project is vital because it would allow to start the import of liquid ammonia at the end of 2013, Rombaut said. Nearly 80% of the cost of ammonia is formed by the price of the natural gas, which for Agropolychim is a raw material rather than an energy source.

 

On November 30, 2011, the Italian SOL Group signed an agreement with the Agropolychim fertilizer maker in Devnya, Northeastern Bulgaria for the construction of a new plant within the territory of Agropolychim for the production of oxygen, nitrogen, argon, as well as another facility for the extraction of CO2 from waste gases. The total project investment cost is about 16 million euro. It is expected that the new plants be commissioned in the second half of 2013 and open 50 new jobs, with annual sales to reach 7 million euros. It is planned the production to satisfy most of the local industry needs - food industry, medicine, etc., and about 20% of it is to be exported, mainly to Romania and Turkey.

In May 2012 in "Agropolychim" will be put in operation another two small plants - for liquid ammonium nitrate and ammonium condensate.

Since the privatization of the plant in 1999th, our investments amount to 100 million euro, Philippe Rombaut said. And since 2008 the investments in production facilities are around 50 million euro.

Almost all investments made over the years have been aimed at implementing environmental projects and bringing production of "Agropolychim" in accordance with the national and international requirements for environmental protection.


Start of the construction of a catalytic hydro-cracking facility


The deal, worth 910 million euros, was signed by LUKoil CEO Sergey Andronov and Marco Vila, executive director of the Italian company. The installation will be the largest hydro-cracking facility in East Europe. The first phase of the project is worth over 1.5 billion dollars.

This is the largest investment in the contemporary history of Bulgaria, according to the Minister of Economy Traycho Traykov. The realization of the project will have the full support by the Bulgarian government, he said.

The complex has a huge environmental value, because it will sharply reduce the discharge of harmful substances. The installation will be constructed for 37 months. At present in the world only nine similar installations exist – in Mexico, USA, Canada, Poland, Japan and Kuveyt. During the construction process 3,000 new jobs will be opened, and many activities related to planning, logistics and manufacturing of parts and equipment will be assigned to Bulgarian companies.