CSR at SNGPL
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) is the largest gas utility Company of Pakistan with its Transmission and Distribution network in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir. Being a responsible Company, SNGPL carries out multiple activities for enhancing the quality of life of the community in which it operates. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy of the Company, approved by the Board of Directors, is in line with the laid down principles of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and covers all aspects of CSR.
Out of the listed areas of CSR interest, SNGPL has a focus on the following initiatives:
- Renovation of Chowks / Roundabouts.
- Potable Water Supply.
- Energy Conservation / Renewables.
- SNGPL Partnership with WWF.
- Relief Activities.
Every year a sizeable amount is spent to carry out schemes related to new projects based on these initiatives or for the ongoing projects. SNGPL primary focus in selecting a project is to ensure that maximum benefits of the project is passed on to a larger community. Progress on each initiative and projects executed in this regard are briefly described below:
1- RENOVATION OF CHOWKS / HERITAGE / REHABILITATION:
Beautification / Renovation of important roundabouts in the cities, roads and high ways is taken care of through this initiative. The sites selected are renovated by installing a monument and making the area green by developing grassy plots and planting trees. Following the projects were carried out in this regard:
- Chowk Multan-Khanewal road, Multan.
- Rashkai, Nowshera Mardan Road.
- Chamkani Interchange, GT Road Peshawar.
- Fawara chowk, Rawalpindi.
- Roundabout between liberty market and Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.
In addition to the above, SNGPL has rehabilitated and constructed the approach road and bridge over Abbasia Canal Uch Sharif for the community, keeping in view the rate of accidents and fatality cases due to the poor condition of the bridge and the access road.
2- FILTERED WATER SUPPLY:
Potable water quality is deteriorating across Pakistan due to several factors resulting in health issue to various communities. With a view to provide clean potable water to communities, SNGPL has installed Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants/water filtration plants at its offices and made arrangements outside its office for supply of potable water through taps for the community surrounding SNGPL offices. Apart from its offices, SNGPL has also arranged potable water supply in areas where water supply is scarce or where requirement of potable water is a major issue to the community. 25 water filtration / RO plants of capacities ranging from 250 to 1000 lit/hr has been installed. Around 25 plants of similar capacities are in planning phase and is expected to be installed in the current fiscal year.
Provision of potable drinking water has resulted in improved quality of life of the community using this facility and promotes soft image of the company.
In order to ensure that the water quality remains consistent, tests are performed to check that the quality parameters remain within the defined range.
3- ENERGY CONSERVATION / RENEWABLES:
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited is committed towards sustainable development of communities in which it operates Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy of the Company has objectives related to energy conservation and development of alternate energy sources.
In this regard, SNGPL has installed a 100 m3 Bio gas plant in a village (Mailu Virkan) near Shiekhupura. This biogas plant not only provide clean and environment friendly fuel to around 12 households (70-80 people) but also provide useful fertilizer, as a byproduct. Additional benefits of better health conditions and spare time for women folk are mentionable as it can contribute to their earnings.
SNGPL is sponsoring three Chairs in the universities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These Chairs on Gas Engineering promotes research work on issues related to SNGPL especially energy conservation. Gas Engineering Chairs are established at following Universities:
- Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.
- Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, University of the Punjab, Lahore.
- Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar.
The research work carried out is published in reputed journal. Laboratories are established at each university by the funds provided by SNGPL. This initiative helps student to carry out advanced level course work related to Gas engineering.
In addition to above, SNGPL also promotes students having higher education by award of Gold medals. Two students each of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, Topi and NFC Institute Multan are decorated with these gold medals each year as a token of appreciation.
SNGPL contribution on health sector is also increasing as it supports blood donation campaign of Fatimid Foundation and Sundas Foundation. SNGPL has motivated its employees for this noble cause and has arranged around six camps at its offices with a considerable donor group among the employees.
SNGPL also supports Pakistan Red Crescent Society and has contributed for an ambulance for its Islamabad office.
6- SNGPL PARTNERSHIP WITH WWF:
SNGPL is a corporate member of WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature - Pakistan) which is an international organization engaged in ECO friendly activities.
SNGPL supports two programs of WWF for conservation of energy:
i) ECO INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
Youth with age group of 12-22 are focused through this program. WWF engage these children through their educational institutions for promoting awareness regarding environmental issues and motivating them to become active players for conservation of environment. This program is supported by SNGPL since 2013 and around 10000 students have benefited from this program.
ii) GASIFIER WITH AGRO WASTE AS A FUEL:
Pakistan being an agricultural country has a large amount of agro waste after each crop. This waste is used in many ways as a fuel for cooking, as a raw material for paper production or wasted by burning for making room for new crops. SNGPL and WWF has developed a partnership for making use of the Agro Waste as a cleaner fuel in a gasifier. The project of installing 500 gasifiers includes its fabrication and training of community in using gasifiers. The project is expected to provide better source of living for the community and improve the quality of life.
7- RELIEF ACTIVITIES:
SNGPL always contributes for the national cause in case of natural calamity. It has contributed for the earth quake victims of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan. Flood affectees of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab were supported by SNGPL through generous donations. Tents/shelters were provided for the affectees of flash floods in Murree.