We're committed to reducing our demand on the environment in which we operate
We actively work towards reducing our environmental footprint by identifying and implementing measures to use electricity and potable water more efficiently, diverting waste generated from landfill and better understanding and improving biodiversity and land use.
Our terminals are located in precincts of significant industrial history and adjacent to areas of significant ecological importance, such as the Ramsar-listed Hunter Wetlands National Park, which supports 112 species of waterbirds and 45 species of migratory birds as well as other wildlife.
In 2020, we recorded our second-best electrical efficiency performance just 0.4% behind 2019. Pleasingly, our all-time top four months for electricity efficiency were recorded in 2020. We also achieved our lowest annual greenhouse gas intensity with a 0.2% improvement on the previous year.
Water is critical in our day-to-day operations. Rainfall is harvested and stored in our water management ponds and stormwater tanks for reuse. This stored water is used preferentially for operations and dust management activities. When there is insufficient water available, we top up our system with purchased water from Hunter Water’s potable supplies. In 2020 we were able to achieve 88% of our total water use from captured and stored supplies.
Plastic Police Programme
Our War on Waste Team introduced the Plastic Police programme across the organisation in June 2020, encouraging an active waste culture at work and home. Soft plastic waste is collected throughout the business, with employees investigating ways to reduce soft plastic packaging and other sources in the workplace.
Since that time, 157 kilograms of soft plastics has been collected and diverted from landfill. This is equivalent to 39,175 plastic shopping bags and if you lined them up, they would stretch more than 12 kilometres.
The next stage of the process is to buy back some items that have been made from our plastic waste. This could include a park bench, wheel stops for our car parks, bollards, signs or road base.
Our actions are helping to stem the tide of plastic pollution and unnecessary use of soft plastics.