and Resource Use
will manage and protect our renewable resources to ensure sustained
yield and multiple use.
the percentage of original natural material required in packaging
A team was established
to ensure that packaging practices are state-of-the-art in terms
of design, materials and waste minimization.
material in packaging was reduced by 55% by switching from cardboard
with 30% recycled material to 70% recycled material for our packaging
and reducing the number of cardboard dividers in the package. This
project has reduced packing waste by approximately 6 tonnes annually
and reduced packaging costs by $XX.
will minimize the intrusion on the environment to recover non-renewable
resources and restore sites to their original condition.
a facility that recovers non-renewable resources from existing products.
department processed over YY tonnes of recyclable material containing
base and precious metals. We are also working closely with our contractors
to recycle used durable products that currently go to landfill sites.
will minimize energy consumption in operations.
electricity consumption by 10% and gas consumption by 6%.
We fell short
of our goal due to unforeseen power outages and shutdowns, and new
equipment start-ups. We expect new energy efficiently projects,
however, such as the co-generation facility at Site M, to put us
back on target.
programs resulted in emissions reductions of YY tonnes of carbon
the office lighting, heating and cooling systems to reduce energy
new office lighting system reduced energy consumption by YY and saved
the company $XX.
will minimize discharges and emissions of contaminants to air, water
and land arising from our laboratory operations.
air emissions (of substance X) by 10% from prior year.
of substance A released in air emissions this year and last year.
water discharges (of substance Y) by 6% from prior year.
of substance B discharged in effluents Ã this year and last year.
a new water treatment plant to treat water before it is discharged
in the environment at Laboratory A.
water treatment plant, costing $XX, was put into operation during
the year, removing an additional YY tonnes of substance C prior to
discharging the water back into the environment.
will promote reuse, recycling and by-product recovery and disposal
of remaining wastes will be done in an environmentally safe manner.
of the construction materials will be packaged in reusable containers
or in recyclable materials.
transport packaging for re-use reducing waste by XX tonnes. Equipment
is being installed to increase the content of old corrugated containers
will search for technology to reduce and eliminate waste from our
a waste elimination team to investigate best available technologies.
company established a waste elimination team during the year. A survey
was developed and sent to all operating units to gather information
about the technology, used and materials and energy efficiency. The
team will analyze results and make recommendations in the coming year.
and technological innovation will be supported to enhance environmental
and economic well-being.
$XX to research and development activities to design products that
can be reused, recycled or safely disposed of.
and development efforts have largely focused on environmental issues
directly related to product design. During the year, the bureau/
department worked on two main projects, at a cost of $XX.
was used to test a new method for removing contaminants from plastic
waste. The recompounded material is used at Facility B. The net
savings are projected at $XX per year.
will conduct operation audits on a regular basis and initiate action
plans, where required, to ensure compliance with the company environmental
policy and government regulations.
5 site audits each year.
are performed at all major facilities and operations at least once
every three years. Five audits were completed in the past year in
accordance with our plans.
results were reviewed with location management and action plans developed
to address all deficiencies. Progress against plans is reviewed on
a regular basis.
will determine the potential environmental liabilities of a property
or land being developed.
property and land developed will be subject to an environmental assessment
company has budgeted a total of $XX annually for 6 years, which can
only be used to pay for environmental assessments.
will identify activities and developments that are harmful or potentially
harmful to people and the environment with alternatives that minimize
social and ecological costs over their life-time.
management processes to introduce environmental analyses and maintain
awareness of evolving best practices in new services or operation.
xxx job responsibilities were revised to include a review of the environmental
impact of new services or operations and to explore possibilities
for reducing any harmful effects.
will expect high environmental standards from our suppliers.
a package containing information about the bureau or department's
environmental and purchasing policies and send it to all major suppliers.
information package sent to 150 major suppliers.
will develop understanding among all employees of their responsibilities
and assign the necessary authority.
employee and management participation in training and workshops by
than 2000 employees participated in environmental awareness and training
sessions. This brings the total training coverage in the last three
years to 80% of the workforce, up from 63% last year.
introductory and advanced training courses.
general environmental awareness program was developed and presented
to all personnel at all plant locations.
advanced training program was developed and presented to all managers
with plant level responsibility for complying with environmental policy
and legislative requirements.
were held with drivers to discuss emergency response programs and
legislative requirements in the event a spill occurs when product
is in transport.
will conduct all construction activities in a manner which places
a premium on effective planning, careful monitoring and timely mitigation.
regular inspections at all sites.
inspections were conducted at all sites.
a detailed plan for dealing with environmental accidents and emergencies
at Site A and Site B.
response plans and a crisis management team has been established at
Site A and Site B. Emergency response drills took place to ensure
staff were familiar with the new procedures.
will comply with environmental laws and regulations laws and regulations
at all times and in the event of difficulties these will be reported
to the regulatory authorities without delay.
100% compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
water discharge locations were 100% in compliance in 19XX.
other had compliance levels averaging between 95-100%. All these operations
have corrective action plans in place.
spills of untreated water occurred due to pump failures. More pumps
have been added to increase the water handling capacity of the water
will report regularly to our directors on our environmental status.
a quarterly report to the directors on environmental status and significant
findings from the environmental audit program.
reports were presented to the directors by the Green Manager. Significant
items requiring the directorsÃ attention included the impact of proposed
regulation X on activity Y and programme C.
will communicate openly about our environmental policy, practices
an environmental report for public distribution annually.
is our third year in which we have reported on environmental performance
in a separate publication. This report is used to inform our staff,
suppliers, and the community in which we operate about our commitment
to the environment and how we are fulfilling that commitment.
will keep the facilities open to our community and involve them in
an environmental contact person at all operational sites.
information on each site can be obtained by contacting the people
listed at the end of this report.
a community advisory panel for the facilities.
community advisory panel was established and is composed of school
board and police representatives, as well as other interested individuals
in the community.