GAC India has rolled out a series of green initiatives at its Kakinada offshore base with the objective of minimizing its environmental impact on the local area.
The company has decided to convert all the heavy equipment at their offshore base to a superior biofuel, produced locally at the nearby Naturol Refinery (using a local producer also reduces our carbon footprint, especially as the supplier has agreed to keep supplies in stock at our yard).
In parallel, GAC has started using low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints to keep the buildings at the base shipshape. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, traditional paints and finishes are among the leading hazards to human health as they release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. Switching to low VOC paints reduces the release of toxins, safeguarding the environment and the health of workers.
Strict energy conservation guidelines are enforced to lower the amount of electricity used, and keep climate controlled rooms insulated from outside temperatures.
Future initiatives include using local organic cotton and natural dyes for GAC shirts and coveralls and the application of new, environmentally safe anti-fouling products and techniques to maximise the operating efficiency of offshore vessels without the use of toxic chemicals.
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