At Ausgrid, sustainability means preserving the environment for future generations. We recognise that our activities may have an impact on the environment, whether in the field or office, and we strive to minimise this where possible. To do this, we provide our workforce with the skills, knowledge and resources to protect and improve the environment in which we operate. We aim to promote a culture of innovation and be a leader in environmental responsibility.
We develop an annual Environmental Sustainability Improvement Plan, which outlines practical actions to improve our performance in areas such as our energy and water use, waste minimisation and reducing our carbon emissions. We also engage staff, the community, government and industry to help facilitate improvements in energy efficiency and reductions in carbon emissions. We set objectives and targets to improve our environmental performance which are detailed in our Improvement Plan.
We also capture environmental performance data that is reported quarterly to the Environmental Steering Committee, along with progress made against our environmental actions.
Ausgrid has committed to three key objectives with respect to environmental sustainability:
1. Reduce our resource use
We will use resources more responsibly through efficient operation of our business, use of sustainable materials and consideration of re-use. As part of our efforts, we have established targets for our building energy and water use, our vehicle emission performance and waste and recycling performance.
Some of the initiatives we have implemented include:
2. Minimise our environmental impacts
Ausgrid’s Environmental Management System (EMS) systematically identifies environmental risks and puts measures in place to effectively manage those risks. The EMS includes procedures and policies to provide a basis for continuous environmental improvement.
Some of the environmental improvement initiatives we have implemented include:
3. Actively contribute to reducing carbon emissions in the wider community
We realise that we can do the most to make a real difference by working with our customers and the wider community to help reduce carbon emissions. We help by both providing direct assistance to customers and providing advice and support to policy makers, regulators and other groups in the energy industry.
We undertake a wide range of activities to support our community and customers, including: