Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and well-being of our employees has been our number one priority. We implemented extensive COVID protocols across our global offices and production sites to reduce the risk of transmission and to keep employees and their families safe. As a result, between March – September 2020, Proman’s direct employees and contractors in Trinidad and Tobago worked approximately 2.1 million manhours without a positive COVID-19 case at any of our facilities, including the successful execution of two major turnarounds in July and September 2020.
Sustainable Development Goals
As a responsible business we strive to constantly improve our processes and performance, and do our part to contribute towards global targets. Click on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals below to find out more about the work Proman is doing in each of these areas.
Local employment and skills development are at the heart of our global model. 98% of our highly skilled workforce in Trinidad & Tobago are Trinbagonian citizens, and we are proud to have majority-local teams in our methanol operations in Oman and the United States.
As the leading petrochemicals producer in Trinidad & Tobago, we train many of the world-leading specialists who sustain Trinidad’s petrochemicals sector. 48% of Proman’s current employees in Trinidad are graduates of our Engineering & Maintenance, Graduate or Process Operator Trainee schemes. Over 500 individuals have entered the job market since 2012 as a result of our Technical and Non-Technical training programmes.
This focus on local skills developments ensures that our success is always shared with the communities where we live and work.
Our nitrogen-based fertilisers contribute to healthy plant growth and high crop yields. 75% of the nitrogen-based product we produce is subsequently sold as fertilizer, supporting farmers around the world.
We are committed to improving access to fertiliser products worldwide, to develop local agriculture, increase food availability and improve diets.
We adhere to the most rigorous industry health and safety standards, including comprehensive disaster risk reduction and preparedness training at all of our production sites.
Our HSEQ policies place employee well-being at the forefront, supporting a range of physical as well as mental health provisions.
Improving access to quality education is a central focus of our global ESG efforts and underpins our skilled workforce globally.
Working with local partners, we invest in better education at all levels, from primary to tertiary learning. Within Proman, we offer cross-disciplinary training schemes and scholarships to support local talent development, and provide ongoing vocational and other workplace training programmes for all employees.
We are committed to providing an equal opportunities workplace. We constantly review our policies to ensure that we continue to recruit, motivate and progress talented women within our global business, at all levels of decision-making.
We are proud to have female participation at every senior management level, including leadership of a number of our core business functions. Our female leaders currently hold over 30% of the management positions in our US subsidiary and 25% of management positions in Trinidad & Tobago. We are actively working towards greater gender parity at all levels.
We are committed to being responsible stewards of this essential resource.
We always utilise recycled water in our operations where possible, and uphold stringent criteria for waste water discharge. We have maintained a record of zero citations for our waste water discharge throughout our 30+ year operating history in Trinidad and Tobago.
Proman is always seeking new ways to innovate, improve resource efficiency and protect the environment in which we live and operate.
We are committed to developing sustainable methanol and ammonia as cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels, and we are a global leader in developing the market for methanol as a safe, clean-burning and high-scalable sustainable energy product.
Green methanol, produced from non-recyclable waste, bio-mass or renewable energy, can play an important role in the global energy transition. We are working with leading technology providers and other partner to progress sustainable methanol production in Belgium, Quebec and Trinidad and Tobago.
For us, local content means local value added, and the generation of economic activity that drives employment and the distribution of wealth to all levels of society. This principle extends across our operations, from local capacity-building and skills development, to fair and transparent sourcing and procurement.
Proman is actively working to promote a more sustainable shipping future by driving the take-up methanol as a low-emission alternative marine fuel. As the shipping industry rises to the challenge of reducing the carbon intensity of the sector by 40% in 2030 and 70% by 2050, cleaner fuels such as methanol and ammonia, which can be produced from sustainable sources, provide a clear pathway to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in line with global climate targets.
As a marine fuel, methanol generates significantly lower emissions and the near total elimination of sulphur oxides compared with conventional fuels. Traditional ‘grey’ methanol produced from natural gas brings an immediate 10-15% CO2 reduction compared to conventional marine fuels, which increases to over 90% with renewable methanol. Reducing sulphur and nitrogen oxide emissions will help reduce damaging air pollution in coastal communities and worldwide.
We work with our global CSR partners Habitat for Humanity to support a range of home building, disaster resilience and emergency response projects across the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States.
Over the course of our initial two year partnership, around 800,000 people have benefited from our education and community projects.
Our production sites are built and maintained to industry-leading standards, to ensure the highest levels of safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operations.
We utilise state-of-the-art technologies to ensure efficient production as a key criteria for all of our new projects and developments, while always optimising towards efficiency upgrades and improvements for our existing operations.
We oversee all projects, processes and products through their life cycles, protecting our employees and local communities while minimizing environmental impact.
Proman continuously seeks to improve resource efficiency across our plants, combining best-in-class technology with rigorous ongoing maintenance to optimise performance.
At the same time, we are actively developing the global marketplace for methanol as low-cost, low-carbon alternative energy source, reducing consumer reliance on non-renewable traditional fuels.
Methanol is significantly safer for the marine environment in the event of spillage than other forms of fuel, being both water soluble and readily bio-degradable.
Combined with our pioneering new low-emission eco-tankers and deliberately reduced vessel speeds, Proman Shipping leads the way in developing a more sustainable global shipping industry.
Over the last two decades, we have worked closely with our local communities to regenerate coastal areas, supporting livelihoods and driving sustainable regional economic development.
We have been recognised for a number of long-standing regeneration projects around the Point Lisas shoreline and Carli Bay area in Trinidad and Tobago, including an award-winning partnership with the Lisas Gardens Welfare Community Group to convert a once-abandoned site into a popular community recreation park and sponsorship of the popular annual Carli Bay Fish Festival. We have ongoing Mangrove and Wetland restoration projects underway in Trinidad and Lake Charles, Louisiana.
We adhere to a rigorous code of conduct and shared values throughout the business, which promote the development of effective, accountable and transparent institutions in all of our markets.
We are a fundamentally partnerships-led business. In all of our markets, we choose the best-in-class technologies, operating and health and safety practices in the development of locally-led, world-class production facilities.
We constantly innovate, seeking new partnerships to shift the paradigm of our industry.
Plant turnarounds are highly resource-intensive planned maintenance sessions which require a huge number of additional skills and resources. Turnarounds require 24-hour maintenance activity where expert teams scrutinise every single piece of equipment and machinery on the plant. At Proman, we execute 2-3 turnarounds each year, ensuring that all of our plants are rigorously maintained to run as safely and efficiently as possible. Our local contractor and service sector partners are integral to the successful delivery of these turnarounds, creating a thriving support services sector and widespread economic multiplier effect.
Thanks to Proman’s investment, local Trinidadian companies such as Qualtech have been able to grow from strength to strength: from 3 to 100 employees in 20 years.
Proman has invested in six state-of-the-art methanol-ready vessels, three of which are part of our JV with Stena Bulk. These innovative eco-vessels are designed to optimise energy and fuel efficiency, including streamlined hull lines, the latest generation MAN methanol dual-fuel engines and new water and fuel emulsion technology which significantly reduces NOx emissions without the need for heavy and costly catalytic conversion technology.
Access to safe housing has been particularly critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 alone, Proman’s support provided Disaster Risk Reduction & Safety training for over 400 individuals in Trinidad; enabled Habitat for Humanity to train 10 local community groups in how to reduce shelter-related risks and resulted in almost 70 critical repairs and renovations and over 300 individuals trained on Healthy Housing Practices.
In the USA, Proman’s contribution supported the Disaster Home Repair programme, providing reconstruction after damage from Hurricane Harvey to many low-income and disadvantaged households in the Houston and Fort Bend areas.
Our production of low-emission methanol in Trinidad actively consumes carbon dioxide from nearby fertilizer plants. Over 70% of the carbon dioxide produced at our ammonia plants is recycled and used, mainly by our methanol plants, allowing us to reduce our carbon intensity and consequently our impact on climate change.
Varennes Carbon Recycling (VCR) is a landmark waste to biofuels plant in Varennes, Québec. VCR is expected to ramp up production to 100,000 tonnes of bio- and circular methanol production per year, utilising over 200,000 tons of non-recyclable residual materials as well as wood waste. The plant will leverage green hydrogen and oxygen produced through electrolysis, transforming Quebec’s excess hydroelectricity capacity into value-added bio-methanol and biofuels.
Proman will market the methanol produced from the plant, making us one of the largest marketers of bio-methanol globally once the plant is in operation. Bio-methanol produced from waste using the method deployed at Varennes can be up to 90% less carbon intense compared to traditional fossil fuels, whilst also recycling waste which would otherwise go into landfill.
In May 2019, Proman Shipping was recognised with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Voluntary Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) Award, in recognition of our efforts to help protect endangered whales in California.
The NOAA’s Vessel Speed Reduction scheme was introduced to help reduce air pollution and protect whales from the impact of growing traffic on the shipping lanes around the San Francisco Bay and Santa Barbara Channel. All ships carrying cargoes of 300 tonnes or more are asked to travel across designated areas of whale habitat at speeds of 10 knots or less. This has been found to significantly reduce the risk of ship strike, one of the leading causes of whale mortality worldwide, while also reducing the risk of serious injury by offering whales a longer reaction time.
Anita Gajadhar, Managing Director of Proman Shipping, said: “It is a great honour to receive this award, and a testament to the excellent teamwork and commitment of our ship crews. The San Francisco Bay area is an important feeding ground for several species of endangered whale, and we are proud to play a part in maintaining a healthy local ecosystem.”
Mangrove wetlands, with their complex and stabilising root networks, provide a range of vital ecosystem services. They harbour fish and crustacean nurseries, protect from storms and floods, reduce beach and soil erosion, sequester carbon and help maintain water quality. Mangroves are particularly important in coastal areas that are more vulnerable to climate change-associated disturbances, such as storm surges.
In line with Trinidad’s National Wetland Policy, Proman’s Upstream subsidiary DeNovo Energy is actively supporting a five-year project to regenerate coastal mangroves at the Point Lisas Estate shoreline. Over the course of the initial 24 months, the planted mangrove seedlings have recolonised the area, with approximately 486 square metres now covered by dense mangrove growth, alongside the return of numerous vertebrate and invertebrate fauna on a par with baseline levels.
This study and the work of DeNovo and its partners in restoring the mangrove study has been featured at the Caribbean Integrated Water Resources and Coastal System 2021 Conference.
Since 2013, Proman USA (formerly known as G2X) has worked in partnership with the Pampa Economic Group and Energy Center to deliver sustained economic growth for the local area. Proman USA is the Pampa Energy Center’s most significant partner, occupying over 20% of the industrial park. As well as being a leading local employer, Proman USA contributes significant added value through ongoing capital investment in the industrial site, working alongside local government, as well as long-standing partnerships with local emergency and essential services and active work in the community.
Since starting our operations in Pampa, Proman USA has generated an aggregate impact of over USD $10 million for the local economy. We invest heavily to ensure the safe and efficient operation of our plant, and we are proud that over 35% of our power comes from renewable sources.
“Since coming to the Pampa area in 2013, Proman has been a significant player with respect to participation at the Pampa Energy Center (PEC) industrial site. As the site’s most significant partner, Proman is not just a contributor to the PEC plan for community growth through employment, but Proman has been a contributor through community involvement. Proman is perceived by the PEC and Pampa community as one of the long-term participants that truly makes a difference in creating a foundation for community growth.” – Ron Nelson, President – Open Range Engine
COVID-19 Community Support
Across our global locations, Proman stepped up our community support efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, donating and distributing food hampers and care packages, raising funds for community organisations and distributing much needed IT equipment to local schools.
families supported with food hampers in Trinidad and Tobago
care packages donated in Sinaloa, Mexico
raised for community organisations in the US
Habitat for Humanity
In January 2019, Proman’s global partnership with Habitat for Humanity International began. This follows many years of collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Trinidad & Tobago, and expands the scope of our work together to the main regions of operation for the Proman family of companies: Europe, USA and Trinidad & Tobago.
our commitment to our longstanding Habitat for Humanity partnership
the number of people that Proman's donation helps Habitat for Humanity to support directly
the number of families that Proman's donation enables Habitat for Humanity to reach