We are committed to minimising the impact of our activities on the environment by conserving resources, reducing waste and emissions, and preventing environmental pollution. We seek to minimise these impacts on the environment through responsible business practices across our businesses globally as well as working in collaboration with our clients and partners to develop sustainable technologies and processes which address the broader environmental challenges we all face.
UGL recognises that environmental conservation is one of the most important issues our communities are tackling. We recognise the importance of maintaining a high standard of environmental care in conducting our activities. Across all of our operations, we are committed to minimising pollution and contributing towards a sustainable future by operating in a manner that reaches a balance between environmental, technical, economic and social objectives.
All of our business operations apply UGL’s Environmental Policy in order to minimise the impact on the environment.
UGL’s most significant environmental impacts include:
- Greenhouse gas emissions as a result of our energy use
- Greenhouse gas emissions from business travel
- The production of waste going to landfill
- The environmental impact from our suppliers
Our Environment Policy seeks the combined efforts of all of our people and our subcontractors to ensure the effectiveness and success of our approach to environmental sustainability. It creates an overarching framework that helps us understand and manage the way our business directly and indirectly impacts the environment. It also assists in identifying environmental risks and opportunities in our business practices.
Implementing Best Practices
Across UGL, we rely on a diverse network of HSE employees to assist our local operations in the management of environmental issues. Our HSE teams act as advisors to the local management and supervise the implementation of local regulations as well as our corporate standards.
Regular training of our people assists in the consistent application of our standards worldwide. We also have an internal platform for knowledge sharing which allows our people to provide and exchange information on environmental protection and best practice management.
To ensure we remain in compliance with legislative developments in environmental management and protection, we monitor international developments closely. We cooperate with the local authorities and governments to ensure we are responsive to changes in governance requirements.
To assess our environmental performance, key performance indicators are measured across our businesses on an annual basis. Analysis of the data allows us to identify our strengths and identify areas for improvement. The results of UGL’s environmental performance are reported externally each year in our Annual Report.
Our Carbon Footprint
An important element of UGL’s environmental sustainability program includes a response to climate change. UGL has taken steps to assess its energy use and identify its carbon footprint as it seeks to reduce energy consumption, operate more efficiently and meet regulatory requirements.
We are committed to publicly reporting our emissions and water usage under programs such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The CDP is an independent not-for-profit organisation that seeks climate-related information from the world’s largest companies on behalf of institutional investors.
Through the continued investment in our internal tools and systems for measuring our environmental impacts and emissions we are gaining a greater understanding of our global CO2-e emissions. We will continue to work on understanding our global impacts and are actively working on reducing our day-to-day environmental impacts.
UGL understands the importance of maintaining high standards of environmental management and developing systems to reduce the environmental impact of its activities. As such, UGL has achieved certification in Australia for Environmental Management System to the International Standard ISO14001 and our Singapore operations have achieved certification to ISO 14001.
Environmental Regulation Performance
UGL’s environmental obligations are regulated under both Australian Federal and State law including the reporting requirements of the National Greenhouse Energy Reporting Act 2007. Under the Act, UGL must report annually on its greenhouse gas emissions, energy production and energy use.
UGL does not own or operate any facilities above the emissions threshold set out in the Clean Energy Act 2012 and therefore is not liable to pay a direct carbon price. All exposure to price rises as a result of the carbon price in Australia will continue to be monitored across our supply chain.
Environmental performance obligations are monitored by UGL’s Health, Safety, Security & Environment Committee and are subjected from time to time to internal and external independent audit. We have a policy of complying with, and in most cases exceeding, our environmental performance obligations.