We are expanding the scope of our environmental stewardship. Our Environmental Policy is undergoing review and we expect to include the following in the near future.
Operational Eco-efficiency and Environmental Return on Investment
To reduce avoidable environmental impacts, asset maintenance will ensure optimal operation. This, and other investments, will be monitored using Environmental Return on Investment (EROI) calculations. Besides our own businesses, we will also minimize such impacts from non-managed operations and joint ventures by engaging with our partners and stakeholders.
As a part of improving our operational eco-efficiency we are committed to certifying all of our operated sites to the ISO 14001 standard to ensure standardization across all sites with regards to environmental management.
Supply Chain Management
We are now selecting contractors and suppliers based on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. The ESG performance of current suppliers will be reviewed regularly and we expect to collaborate with our customers to reduce any environmental impact from logistics to support a circular economy.
Climate Change and Product Stewardship
We are committed to lowering our combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions intensity by 6% by 2020 against our 2013 baseline. To support this commitment we have provided GHG inventory training to all of our relevant staff and have completed our global GHG inventory.
As a circular economy relies substantially on recycling materials, leading to less water, energy and virgin material consumption, we expect to lower GHG emissions. Environmental impacts can be minimized at each stage during the product design, manufacture, handling, and transportation steps. We are now proactively seeking out solutions to environmental challenges where GHG accounting, climate change risk mitigation and innovation become part of our strategy.
See our Climate Strategy
We want to manage our waste in a responsible manner and exceed regulatory requirements where possible. We have strict compliance standards in place to manage waste at sites. This includes proper waste accounting by name, type and code (as required by law), storage location, methods of off-site transportation, treatment and disposal. We record the quantity of waste generated, stored onsite and disposed of onsite and off-site, committing ourselves to waste reduction and disposal by using partners who can reuse, recover or recycle waste, thus reducing hazardous waste and ensuring that its disposal is handled by qualified vendors.
In order to grow sustainably, we use the criteria set out in our environment policy when conducting due diligence prior to mergers and acquisitions as well as when planning Greenfield expansions.