Petrol receives the Tap Water Certificate
On Tuesday, 23 June 2020, the Chamber of Public Utilities granted 11 new Tap Water Certificates. They were given to companies that responded to societal needs and pressing environmental issues by taking steps to reduce waste and promote tap water drinking. The recipients include Petrol, which joined the 65 recipients of this certificate on account of its sustainable practices of tap water drinking.
It is a common practice in companies that packaged water is offered at meetings, gatherings, and other events, or that there are vending machines with packaged water in the offices. However, many Slovenian organisations have already responded to the European Commission’s order on discontinuing the sale of certain single-use plastic products by 2021, and have ended the drinking of packaged water in their offices. They replaced the practice of drinking packaged water with more sustainable behaviour, and made a commitment to drink tap water.
The companies and institutions that made the commitment to promote tap water drinking were awarded the Tap Water Certificate (“Voda iz pipe”) by the Chamber of Public Utilities, within the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia. The award ceremony was held on Tuesday, 23 June 2020, and saw 11 companies receive the certificate; Petrol being among them. “By receiving this certificate, we’ve proved that concern for the environment and conservation of natural resources are essential in our activities. Our sustainable management of water contributes to reducing the amount of waste and the carbon footprint. At the same time, these steps also help to improve the health of our employees,” said Marta Svoljšak Jerman, Director of Sustainable Development, Quality and Safety at Petrol, on receiving the certificate, and went on to note several good practices. In addition to getting rid of packaged water at meetings in favour of jugs and glasses, they handed out reusable bottles to employees to encourage them to behave sustainably. The certificate was accepted on behalf of Petrol by Lucija Kavkler from Sustainable Development, Quality and Safety.