Even as far back as 1994 Benzina adopted an important decision on responsible business with the smallest possible environmental impact, i.e. when it was established. The Benzina joint-stock company began with 280 petrol stations; while this is a substantial number, all of them were obsolete and environmentally unsatisfactory.
Therefore, the company had a major environmental obligation right from the start. Since then Benzina has been taking steps to create a business in accordance with the environmental legislation.
During an extensive investment program in 1995 - 1998, Benzina invested over CZK 7 billion in modernizing and improving the environmental parameters of its petrol stations. Today, Benzina operates 336 petrol stations (as of June 30, 2010) that completely comply with the environment requirements.
Improving the environmental parameters of petrol stations
The biggest environmental problem of obsolete petrol stations was emissions of volatile organic compounds into the air. Consequently, an extensive modernization program of petrol stations was undertaken in 1995, in which they were equipped with vapour recovery systems in stages I and II. Modernization of the entire network took four years and was completed at the end of 1998. Thus, all Benzina petrol stations comply with the regulations introduced by Act No. 86/2992 Coll., on protecting the air. The total investments in this four-year modernization program exceeded CZK 4 billion but this has produced a network of modern petrol stations that are friendly to the surrounding air. The task of introducing new water-management security according to the Act on Water No. 254/2001 Coll. and Decree CSN 753415 is equally important for protecting the environment. In practice, this means that petrol stations must have double-jacket tanks, double-jacket distribution pipes and a double-jacket drainage-free sump for spills. All the inter-jacket spaces in the double-jacket equipment are then consistently monitored, reducing the risk of leaks to practically zero.
Remedying old environmental burdens remains a long-term task of Benzina. Decontaminating the geological environment has been progressing consistently since 1994 and was paid for from the funds of Benzina until 1997. At the present time, decontamination is being carried out with the help of the Ministry of Finance and is also paid for from the funds of the Ministry of Finance. Because of its character and the difficulties this work will continue in the coming years.
Joint report on occupational health, safety and environmental protection of UNIPETROL group for 2015 can be found HERE.
- Fuels are constantly checked by a certified laboratory (Seal of quality)
- The company sells additive automotive fuels and premium high-quality additive automotive fuels
- The company has an integrated company management system certificate according to the ISO 9001 international standard New certifikate IMS for a fuel sales quality management system (IMS) and related services, ISO 14001 for an environmental protection system and OHSAS 18001 for a safety and protection of health system.
All the samples taken by the Czech trade Inspection in the first half of 2010 complied with the fuel quality standards.
The recertification was done in October 2016 and BENZINA upholded the fuel quality management system certification. The new certificate IMS was issued by LRQA company with the validity until 14th September 2018.
- Premium high-octane VERVA 100 petrol is currently classified as a high-purity (sulphur-free) fuel. From January 2009, only fuels with low sulphur content or sulphur-free fuels have been sold in the network.
- Since September 2009, new premium VERVA Diesel fuel, with a cetane rating of 60 units has been sold
- It also reduces noise - another environmental benefit