ASC is committed to the protection of the natural environment and is working to mature its Environmental Management System (EMS), to ensure environmental sustainability is integrated throughout all areas of ASC’s business.
ASC’s efforts throughout the reporting period remained focused on transitioning from an EMS based primarily on compliance, to one where environmental and social considerations are integrated into all aspects of business operation.
Key areas of environmental performance in 2018/19 included:
Reduction of water consumption;
Reduction in generated waste;
Climate Change adaptation planning (including reduction of carbon emissions);
Stakeholder engagement; and
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) integration and voluntary reporting.
A focus has been placed on reducing consumption and the volume of waste generated by the business. Throughout the reporting period, ASC achieved significant increases in waste diversion across all sites.
Of the generated waste material, 96 percent was diverted from landfill by ensuring the correct waste streams were available across all sites and as a result of sending general waste material to be utilised as engineered fuel.
The general waste material from ASC’s South Australian sites is sent to the Suez-ResourceCo facility at Wingfield to be sorted and the material with a calorific value is processed into a an engineered fuel. This is then used by local cement manufacturer, Adelaide Brighton Cement as a non-virgin fuel source in their kilns. This ‘waste to energy’ approach has an overall carbon reduction benefit for the State, due to the reduction of virgin fuels needed for the cement industry.
Figure 1.1: the percentage of ASC waste material diverted from landfill to be utilised as engineered fuel.
ASC continued to assess environmental risks for the business with major activities, such as fuelling and defueling events, being thoroughly reviewed. This resulted in the identification of excellent adherence to process.
In the next reporting period, ASC will be focusing on sustainable reporting, climate risk analysis and mitigation, and opportunity assessment.
The implementations of a formal CSR Program will mature ASC’s response to environmental risk and performance. ASC will conduct a Materiality Assessment in 2019 to determine the key issues relevant to the business and its stakeholders with regard to the sustainability of current programs, future business opportunities and the community.
ASC’s Environmental Management System
ASC’s Environmental Management System (EMS) achieved certification to ISO14001:2015 highlighting the importance the company places on environmental performance relating to our internal and external impacts.
Work continues on the integration of sustainable principles into the program to ensure environmental and social considerations are incorporated into all aspects of ASC’s operations.
ASC operations are subject to environmental regulation under both Commonwealth and State Legislation, and we recognise our obligation to comply with the relevant Environmental Protection and Conservation Acts (the Acts). Accordingly, ASC actively records, investigates and reports any breaches of the Acts to the respective regulator.
During the reporting period, there was one environmental incident at ASC Shipbuilding which required official notification to the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (SA EPA).
This event did not result in material or significant harm to the local environment. The incident was subject to internal review and further controls were put in place to assist in the prevention of future releases.
ASC continues to proactively manage environmental risks, with all environmental hazards and risks identified throughout the period being controlled and/or mitigated by site-based teams.
ASC maintains environmental licences for its activities in South Australia and Western Australia for submarine and shipbuilding projects under the respective State and Commonwealth environmental regulatory bodies.