Environmental management systems
Our environmental management philosophy is to go beyond compliance. We established an Environmental Management System (EMS) in 1997 to manage our impacts and programs.
The purpose of our EMS is to:
- identify legislative requirements
- identify potential environmental risks
- manage environmental impacts
Identifying potential environmental risks Click to expand Click to collapse
Our EMS makes it easier to identify the parts of our business that have an impact on the environment, like air pollution, loss of biodiversity, pollution from wastes, resource consumption, noise and vibration, land contamination and water pollution.
We can then establish the activity's associated risk, based on:
- the frequency that the activity occurs
- the severity of the actual or potential impact
- the social sensitivity of the issue
This allows us to identify the activities with the greatest potential impact.
Managing environmental impacts Click to expand Click to collapse
We've established ways of operating that aim to make the least amount of adverse impact possible. These procedures ensure we work in accordance with our policies, objectives and legal obligations.
Considering the low-risk nature of our operations, our refueling facilities and underground fuel storage tanks pose the greatest risk to the environment. We recently assessed and upgraded our fuel storage tanks to make sure they exceed, or at the very least meet, Australian Environmental Standards.
Reviewing our EMS
We review our EMS routinely to ensure it reflects the changing operational, environmental and political climate. This includes a yearly internal review to assess the suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the system.