GROUP SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

2019

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Underground Mining + Oil & Gas + Power & Water

Approach to environmental management

               
ENERGY USAGE
103 803 gigajoules
    CARBON FOOTPRINT
12 797

TONNES OF CO2 EQUIVALENT

FY2018: 19 117 tonnes of CO2 equivalent

  WATER USAGE
23 331 kilolitres
   

FY2018: 161 674 gigajoules

     

FY2018: 30 021 kilolitres

   
               

WE ARE A CONTRACTOR AND PROVIDER OF SERVICES IN CARBON INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES. OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT HAS SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASED OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS DUE TO DIVESTMENTS MADE IN OUR PORTFOLIO, MANY OF WHICH WERE MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR WATER AND CARBON FOOTPRINT.

We contribute to the environmental programmes of our clients, through responsible and efficient use of their project input materials and the implementation of environmental improvement initiatives, where possible. We are increasing our effort to further understand the sustainability needs of our clients to help them in their response to climate change challenges.

Our key environmental risks include:

1

Increasing regulatory requirements related to energy and climate change, which could lead to increased costs as well as opportunities in a low-carbon economy.

2

Project disruptions due to extreme and unpredictable weather conditions, including floods and storm surges.

3

Undertaking listed activities without the correct environmental authorisation or failure to abide by conditions set out in operating licences, such as water use licences, on a project.


OUR PRIORITIES

MURRAY & ROBERTS ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME

Our Group HSE policy holds all our businesses to identifying, assessing and responding to all environment risks, promoting efficient use of resources and preventing pollution.

Our businesses are required to comply with ISO 14001, an international standard for environmental management systems. Our critical environmental standards apply across the Group and aim to create a common purpose and approach. They guide operations on how to manage environmental issues, including carbon emissions, energy and water consumption, waste management, regulatory compliance and environmental data. All our operations are ISO 14001 certified.

In FY2019, we updated our environmental incidents reporting standard to align to changes in reporting frameworks such as the revised CDP reporting requirements.

CLIENT FOCUS

Our mining and oil & gas clients are particularly vulnerable to physical climate impacts and are subject to external scrutiny and pressure from activists and investors given the carbon intensive nature of their businesses. However, the transition to a low carbon economy also provides opportunities, with some commodities projected to see demand growth.

During the year we initiated a pilot study to understand the medium-term climate change risks and opportunities facing our mining clients. Indications are that climate smart solutions are being adopted, including the use of lower carbon energy sources and designing operations to be energy and water efficient as well as resilient to the physical impacts of climate change. Service providers to the industry will need to adapt to these changes to ensure their relevance. Once completed, the study will inform our actions to further assist clients in minimising their environmental footprint.

Environmental indicators in the key data table

2019 PERFORMANCE

Our environmental footprint is now limited to assets we own such as workshops, offices and vehicles, as well as Scope 3 emissions. During the year, we conducted energy and water efficiency assessments at Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Bentley Park facility in Carletonville, South Africa, and identified a combination of behavioural and technological energy and water-related savings opportunities. We used the assessment results to set an 8% and 20% reduction target for energy and water respectively, to be achieved by 2022 against a 2018 baseline.

Environmental training

We provide employees with environmental training to improve their practical understanding and drive compliance at project level.

COMPLETION OF ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING (%)

 

Environmental incidents, fines and litigations

In FY2019, there were no material environmental incidents. There were 44 Level 1 incidents and two Level 2 incidents, a 18% increase compared to FY2018. The incidents are mostly minor oil spillages.

ENVIRONMENTAL INCIDENTS

 

 

 

Level 1: negligible reversible environmental impact, requiring very minor or no remediation and is contained within site limits.
Level 2: negligible reversible environmental impact, requiring minor remediation and is contained within site limits.
Level 3: moderate reversible environmental impact which is short term, requiring moderate remediation and is contained within site limits.