MODON is committed to environmental responsibility and has set up a system to manage the environment of the industrial cities which was established in the beginning of 2013 under the name of MODON Environmental Management System (MEMS) with a view of supporting and promoting the environmental services provided to the industrial cities and follow up with their environmental performance and eventually achieve its plans that aim to create environment friendly green industrial cities.
The phases of the system entered into force concurrently, commencing with the start of the first phase of the project (MEMS-I) that was carried out in partnership with Japan's Fujitsu Company, which has eight programs to monitor the ambient air quality in the following industrial cities:
Riyadh Second Industrial City, Jeddah First Industrial City and Jeddah Second Industrial City."
The second phase of the MODON environmental system was launched in 2018, with a new vision and another qualitative partnership with Saudi Envirozone (the Saudi environment sector company) that uses French technology and its advanced programs.
In its second phase, the MODON Environmental Management System included 13 programs, of which six were implemented by MODON directly, that are: environmental correction, environmental inspection, environmental awareness, assessment of industrial environmental applications, environmental rehabilitation and environmental risk assessment, while MODON oversaw the contractor performance in the implementation of seven other programs which included: monitoring of ambient air quality, chimney testing, ISO 14001 environmental auditing, quality control, modeling of the spread of air pollutants, automation of environmental systems using specialized databases, and building the competencies of MODON employees in the environment field.
· Environmental Auditing
MODON understands that the best solution to improve the environmental efficiency of the industrial facilities is reached by helping them identify the wrong practices and then the necessary procedures that can rectify the situation. This is accomplished through the development of a specialized program for environmental auditing and the expansion of chimney tests in quantity and quality. For this reason three industrial cities were covered in the environmental auditing with a total number of visits to more than 400 industrial facilities, while eight industrial cities were covered through the Chimney Test Program with a total of more than 350 tests.
· Chimney Tests
As dictated by the local requirements to assess the impact of these emissions and the industrial processes that result in the decline of the air quality in general, the levels of particulate matter in air as well as gaseous pollutants were monitored. These data had an obvious effect in reducing pollution levels observed in industrial cities. Furthermore, the industrial facilities where high emission levels of one pollutant or more had been observed were provided with optimal engineering solutions by experts in this field and follow-up of their implementation by MODON staff.
Program for modeling the spread of air pollutants
MODON devised a program to model the spread of air pollutants in a number of industrial cities, which proved the effectiveness of the measures taken by the factories to reduce their chimney emissions relative to the maximum levels expected through the modeling program.
In its second phase, the MODON Environmental Management System was also distinguished by applying the Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) program, which was implemented by Ricardo AEA, the British company, as a third party to follow up with the air quality monitoring program.
Six field visits were made to each of the monitoring stations with a total of 42 visits, during which all necessary procedures and measures were taken to obtain high quality environmental data, in addition to ensuring the sustainability of the work of monitoring stations owned by MODON.
Operation of the Stations
MODON operates 11 air quality monitoring stations (10 fixed stations and a mobile one), where air quality monitoring has been expanded during the second phase of the project in quantity and quantity by raising the number of fixed stations to 10 monitoring stations covering 10 industrial cities that provide MODON with continuous data of the environmental conditions and air monitoring of the industrial cities. In addition, a mobile air quality monitoring station was launched in order to cover the promising cities and provide MODON with the necessary environmental information to assess the general environmental situation of the targeted industrial city, thus contributing to the optimal planning of the future of the cities through the types of industries to be accepted, and the manner in which industrial areas are divided by type.
As part of its efforts to transform its industrial cities into environment friendly cities, MODON has paid attention to afforestation projects and increasing the number of planted trees, which amounted to 63.6 thousand trees, in addition to increasing the size of areas with vegetation, including green areas, trees, lakes and fountains, which covered a total area of more than 1.8 million m2.
In the year 2018, MODON and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture signed a memorandum of understanding to grow one million trees in the industrial cities affiliated to MODON Kingdom-wide through the Afforestation and Natural Vegetation Development Initiative within the framework of the environment protection plans and the support of wild life, as well as the reduction of the effects of the desertification phenomenon.
Despite the decrease in demand for water services in the industrial cities in 2018 compared to the previous year, MODON is forging ahead with its plans in the process of developing water services and facilities, operating new drinking water, pumping stations, sewage treatment, reservoirs and expansion of irrigation networks.
MODON's achievements in improving the quality of water services
§ Completion of the pumping of drinking water through the networks, which increased the reliability of service delivery instead of tanks to ensure the continuity of pumping water in Sudair Industrial and Business City and to provide water by tanks only in case of emergency.
§ Maintaining environmental sustainability and recycling of water by operating the technologically advanced industrial waste water treatment plant to supply water to Dammam First Industrial City. .
§ Expansion of the operational capacity of the water services in Dammam Second Industrial City through an increase in networks as well as addition of new stations to keep pace with expansion in the area.
§ Development of the means of communication with the partners to ensure the quality of the provision of water services.
§ Launch of water services in the residential area of Waad Al-Shamal Industrial City, bringing the total capacity of drinking water plants to 182,000 m3 per day by pumping an additional 133,000 m3per day, while the total existing capacity of waste water drainage reached 114,000 m3. The rate of receiving wastewater was 90,000 m3per day, while the rate of utilization of treated and renewable water for irrigation and industry as well as in MODON Lake was 35,000 m3 per day.