This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Aug 19, 2005.
23) SAFETY, ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH (SEH)
Petrobras investments in the safety, environmental and health areas, with a consequent reduction in the risks involved in its operations contributed for the Company to obtain in May a recurrent reduction in the price of the operational insurance of its refineries and oil rigs. The amount of US$ 25,2 million paid in 2004, was reduced in 2005 to US$ 21,6 million, in the insurance policies against petroleum, large fire and operational risks. This is the third consecutive year in which there is insurance price decrease, corresponding to an insured value of US$ 24,2 billion.
In the first six months of the year, the oil spill volume at the Company, including its operations abroad totaled 133 m³, one of the lowest for the period since 2000.
In the International Stevie Business Awards 2005, in New York, Petrobras was considered the best company in Latin America, as a result, according to the judging commission, of the care of the Company with environment and its commitment to the well being of the communities in the areas in which it operates.
In a ceremony carried out in the headquarter of the Rio de Janeiro State government, Petrobras received from Feema, a local environmental agency, the license to operate Duque de Caxias Refinery - Reduc, which is now complaint with the new Brazilian environmental legislation. Till then Reduc did not have this license, because when it was inaugurated this requirement was not in force.
With investment of approximately US$ 750 million, Petrobras launched Diesel 500, with reduction of 75% in sulphur content. This product will be sold in the metropolitan regions where there is concentration of pollutants, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, Baixada Santista, São José dos Campos, Belo Horizonte and Volta Redonda.
Following a policy to increase care with environment by its foreign premises, Petrobras inaugurated in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, its tenth Center for Environment Protection (CEP), the first outside Brazil. Working 24 hours a day, this CEP reinforces the contingency system in the region of the Ricardo Eliçabe refinery, making actions even more swift and effective in case of oil spills.