The Environment

ISO 14001 certification

Following the successful integration of environmental change in the Health, Safety and Environmental Management System in the year, Ansaldo STS Australia obtained ISO 14001 certification from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. The new Health, Safety and Environmental Management System (HSEMS)30 has improved Ansaldo STS Australia’s compliance with legislative requirements and also strengthened the measures to improve monitoring and environmental performance.

Environmental management system

In the HSEMS, environmental management is integrated with health and safety management. The approach to managing environmental aspects and impacts is risk based, which simplifies it and ensures that environmental management is part of day-to-day activities. The HSEMS incorporates aspect and impact management into an integrated Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Risk Register which identifies, assesses and controls health and safety risks and environmental impacts for every site (permanent and project) and operations conducted there.

Ansaldo STS Australia operations and activities are aligned with the regulated environmental requirements of the state in which they are performed. They also comply with the requirements of our clients and main contractors, many of whom operate in the mining sector.

Ansaldo STS Australia recognises that environmental compliance on its part and by its contractors is essential in allowing customers to achieve their social responsibility objectives and targets.

Ansaldo STS Australia always adopts the highest environmental management standards and is required to report and consult with other parties (including clients and contractors) to identify the environmental aspects and impacts of a site and the related activities, and to manage them through the appropriate controls. For each project, HSE personnel evaluate the contractual documentation and related management plan to ensure that the procedures and related documentation meet the requirements of the client and the main contractor managing the site.

Forming an integral part of effective environmental management is Ansaldo STS Australia’s specific commitment to meeting the contractual obligations and protocols provided, including with regard to customers’ relationships with indigenous people. The physical and spiritual connection of indigenous Australians to the land is recognised, and the importance of their culture, heritage and traditional rights is upheld.

Our procedures/plans and controls are aimed at eliminating or minimising environmental risk, including any impact on fauna and flora, discharges into water, atmospheric emissions, land pollution, waste disposal, vibration reduction, acoustic and visual pollution and interference with architecture and other cultural sensibilities.

In order to increase employees’ environmental awareness, environmental management has been integrated in the new HSE induction programme.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Ansaldo STS Australia is committed to accurately measuring and reporting data on greenhouse gas (GHG)31 emissions. The policies, objectives and targets have been designed to reduce GHG emissions in all Australian operations and activities and to enable customers to accurately refer to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS). Where provided for by contract, Ansaldo STS provides its customers with NGERS reports as part of the monitoring project.

In order to increase the transparency of data on GHG emissions in the year to come, Ansaldo STS Australia will expand its policy to include specific emission reduction targets. The measures to be taken will include:

  • alignment of the HSEMS with the NGERS scheme and ISO 14064.1 requirements for greenhouse gases
    • Specifications and guidance, organisational level, for the quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and their removal;
  • the addition of policies, objectives and targets to reduce GHG emissions arising from Ansaldo STS Australia’s operations and activities to the HSE policy;
  • training of key personnel responsible for monitoring and measuring performance data in relation to direct and indirect GHG emissions (Scope 1, 2 and 3) with a material impact on the environment;
  • development of GHG instructions governing the requirements for data management and gathering and the keeping of a GHG log for Australian operations relating to greenhouse gas emissions;
  • analyses of Ansaldo STS Australia operations to identify activities that generate GHG emissions and compare them with the indications in the HSE risk register, for the purpose of identifying the environmental impact of activities and aspects related to GHG emissions.

Possibility of reducing energy consumption

The company recognises that using lower fuel consumption vehicles in its fleet reduces carbon emissions. In 2013, the Fleet Management Team had, where possible, 6-cylinder vehicles leased to Ansaldo STS Australia replaced with 4-cylinder vehicles. Furthermore, recycling containers were positioned at all permanent Ansaldo STS Australia sites to reduce and reuse generic waste otherwise destined for landfill.

The company has identified the following areas as opportunities to improve energy efficiency:

  • direct GHG emissions (Scope 1): GHG emissions generated directly from sources that the company owns or controls, such as petrol- or diesel-fuelled systems and vehicles;
  • indirect GHG emissions (Scope 2): emissions generated by electricity;
  • indirect GHG emissions (Scope 3): GHG emissions resulting from the company’s activities but arising from sources that it does not own or control. The inclusion of Scope 3 emission sources entails the requirement of measuring their material and ongoing environmental impact, including as a result of business travel (airplanes, cars and taxis) and the disposal of waste (recycling and landfills);
  • water consumption at the permanent sites where Ansaldo STS Australia operates.

GHG 201332 CO2(t) CH4 (tCO2e) NO2 (tCO2e) tCO2
SCOPE 1: Natural gas, Fuel oil for heating and vehicle traction, petro and other fuels  905.8  2.6  2.3  910.9 
SCOPE 2: Electricity acquired and consumed  1,399.9  - - 1,399.9 
SCOPE 3: Passenger transportation (air, vehicle), freight transportation (lorry, air, ship), packaging (paper and cardboard), paper consumption, iron and steel, recycled waste, incinerated waste, waste disposed of (toxic and otherwise)  812.4  55.2  0.4  867.9 
TOTAL  3,118.0  57.8  2.7  3,178.7 

Although we tend to report environmental performance at certain sites, this is not yet standard practice. It will be extended to all Ansaldo STS Australia sites by 2015.

30. Environment, Health and Safety Management System.
31. Greenhouse Gas
32. Reporting scope: Brisbane, Newcastle, Karratha and Perth sites.