Sustainability

We believe we have a responsibility to ensure the sustainability of our businesses for future generations to continue enjoying the earth and her resources. We also strive to improve the lives of the communities in which our businesses operate through educational and social programmes.

Environmental Responsibility

We have a duty to protect and preserve the resources we depend on for our business. We ensure this through green initiatives that improve the efficiency of our plants and operations.

 
  • The Paka and Pasir Gudang power stations in Malaysia obtained ISO 140001 (Environmental Management Systems) certification in September 2007 and completed their first round of internal audits in June 2008. Internal audits and surveillance audits are ongoing processes, enabling the stations to keep up-to-date with international efficiency improvements and practices.

    Initiatives & Results
    Since 2001, we have pursued measures to reduce the amount of water utilised by the stations, including:

    • Expediting the identification and repair of leaking valves
    • Stopping continuous blowdown on the heat-recovery boilers

    These measures have led to greater efficiency, almost halving the amount of water being consumed at the two power stations.

  • Wessex Water is committed to becoming a truly sustainable business. This means having the ability to continue providing high quality products and services in ways that protect and enhance the environment.

    Environmental Objectives

    • Reduce emissions to avoid adverse impact on the environment
    • Consume water and other resources from the environment at a level that is in balance with the expected rate of regeneration
    • Do all it can to comply with and, where possible, to better codes, consents and directives issued as local, national and European directives
    • Conserve and protect the environment and, wherever possible, improve it through the services provided
    • Operate in a socially responsible manner
    • Be fully prepared to cope with operational emergencies that might affect the environment
    • Lead by example within its region to contribute towards sustainable development by integrating sustainability into business practices

     

    Strategies & Tactics

    • Apply strict quality controls in all it does
    • Seek to design, operate and maintain its equipment to the highest practicable standards in order to meet the set environmental objectives
    • Implement new technology to improve working practices
    • Install plant and equipment and design capital work that blends as sympathetically as possible into the local landscape
    • Involve the public in its work, liaising with local groups and individuals where its operations may affect them
    • Publicly report on the company's performance
    • Develop accounting systems as a means of understanding its environmental impacts
  • Initiatives & Results

    Driving the environmental performance of the PowerSeraya plant is the ISO 14001 environmental management system which PowerSeraya has consistently maintained every year since obtaining certification in 2005.

    PowerSeraya practises responsible waste treatment and recycling throughout the company. In addition, it has also made several infrastructure investments to reduce emissions, including:

    • Two 370 MW combined cycle plants to run on natural gas
    • Investments in emissions control equipment and a switch to natural gas, which have lowered carbon dioxide emissions by 27.4% and lowered sulphur dioxide by more than 78% over 10 years (2001 to 2010)
    • A 800 MW natural gas-fired Co-Generation Combined Cycle Plant (CCP), designed for increased thermal efficiency has contributed to the power station's overall carbon dioxide emissions reduction of 10.1% in 2010 over 2009
    • A 10,000 m3 desalination plant for water self-sufficiency and resource conservation
    • Investing in server virtualisation in the office to reduce energy cost and carbon emissions
  • PT Jawa Power has received the coveted Green rating from Indonesia's Ministry of Environment for exceeding the requirements of environmental regulations.

    The Jawa Power station achieved ISO 14001:1996 Certification in 2001 for its Environmental Management Systems, which was then upgraded to conform to the new ISO 14001 requirements issued in 2004. The plant continues to pursue reductions in CO2 emissions and resource consumption through more efficient operations.

    Initiatives & Results

    • Significant reduction in water consumption at the Paiton II power station by as much as 700 m3 per day through a water conservation project
    • Reduced operating costs (of electricity and chemical consumption in the water treatment plant) by 50% to an average of USD 210/day and potentially over USD 75,000 in savings/annum
  • ElectraNet's commitment to corporate social responsibility extends beyond environmental conservation and management to take a wider view of the surrounding community and its people.

    Initiatives

    The Australian Government's Greenhouse Challenge Plus

    • A range of activities which raise awareness of its efforts to minimise climate change impacts

     

    Trees for Life

    • ElectraNet actively contributes to this organisation which supplies up to two million local native plant seedlings per year for regenerating farmlands and parks throughout South Australia

     

    Barossa Blue Gum Woodlands Reforestation Project

    • ElectraNet funded this project as part of its efforts to involve and provide community benefits to locally affected communities