As the country continues to battle environmental degradation and pollution resulting from fuel and fumes which have among other issues led to climate change, fuel companies have been urged to protect their customers and the environment from dangers resulting from their operations.
Francis Ssekate, General Trade Manager for Total Uganda, one of the stake holders in the country’s energy sector, has noted that they have already joined other individuals and Non Governmental Organisations in ensuring that Ugandans enjoy a safer environment amidst their operations.
Addressing journalists in Kampala, Ssekate said that they are pursuing this noble cause by taking keen interest on the safety of the land where they set up their stations.
“We do periodical testing on soil samples at our stations to establish whether it contains a hydrocarbon component which is dangerous to human life. Once we find it, we treat the soil and ensure that it becomes pure and clean again,” Ssekate said.
He added that the soil sampling has been carried out at stations which Total took over as the proprietor and they found out that the soils had hydrocarbon samples which they cleared to ensure that they don’t contaminate streams of water and wells where people get water.
As a form of environmental protection, fuel companies use double chamber underground tanks to prevent fuel from spilling into the soil and contaminating it.
Vivo energy, another player in the energy sector, has also contributed to the protection of environment through provision of price friendly gas cylinders to reduce on deforestation and lumbering.
Other companies have facilitated the planting of trees through provision of seedlings to willing farmers on top of providing environmental friendly fuel products.