The Royal Commission made a conscious decision, even before the first spadeful of earth was turned, to balance industrial productivity with environmental protection at Jubail and Yanbu. Twenty-five years later, many of the cities’ unique wildlife resources remained untouched. Where development has occurred, it has been in line with the Royal Commission’s rigorous environmental standards and policies.
AIR QUALITY STASTIONS
WEATHER MONITOR STATIONS
The harmony between industrial development and environmental quality at Jubail and Yanbu was the result of a prudent planning and design. This relationship is maintained and strengthened by constant monitoring and enforcement as well as continuing study and research.
Capitalizing on the lessons learned from other countries, the Royal Commission implemented several early measures to protect the environment, including:
Comprehensive Site Surveys
The first surveyors were instructed to identify special wild life and archeological areas.
Environmental Impact Analysis
Studies were conducted to predict the effects that rapid industrialization might have on the ecosystems.
Strict Environmental Criteria
The set of standards, regulations and design review criteria adopted by the Royal Commission were aimed at restricting industrial air emission and effluent discharges to levels consistent with the best available control technologies.
Early on, the Royal Commission established comprehensive programs at Jubail and Yanbu to monitor ambient and source factors influencing the environment.
The Royal Commission maintains environmental control units at Jubail and Yanbu. Staffed with environmental scientists, engineers and other specialists, these groups monitor and enforce the standards and regulations in effect in the industrial cities. The Royal Commission also helps investors design and build safe and efficient facilities.
In 1988, the Royal Commission was presented with two awards in recognition of its work on behalf of the environment. One was from the Kuwait-based Regional Organization for the Protection of Marine Environment. The other was the United Nations’ Sasakawa Prize, the highest international environmental honor.
In recent years, the Royal Commission has been singled out for other environmental awards. In 1995, the Jubail Directorate received the Arab Cities Award for Environmental Protection. And in 1998, the Arab League presented the Yanbu Directorate with a certificate of honor for its achievement in the field of environmental awareness...