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Environment
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Introduction
AGL is committed to achieving excellence in environmental management
and performance.
AGL’s corporate health, safety and environmental management
system, Life Guard, establishes a framework of requirements, policies,
environmental standards and compliance guides based on the ISO
14001 Environmental Management System standard. Life Guard
provides a framework to enable continuous improvement in health,
safety and environmental performance and facilitates the pro-active
management of environmental risks and compliance responsibilities.
AGL’s approach to environmental management is also guided by
the AGL Environmental Principles, which are available on the AGL
website at
agl.com.au/EnvironmentalPrinciples.
Key elements of the principles include commitments to:
>> meet or exceed statutory obligations
>> report environmental performance consistent with
recognised standards
>> provide leadership and actively participate in the policy debate
on energy and environmental matters
>> reduce risk and minimise environmental impact
>> consult with stakeholders on how best to achieve
environmental objectives.
Some of AGL’s operations have a material environmental footprint
and have the potential to interact with, and impact on, various
aspects of the environment. AGL’s businesses are subject to a range
of environmental laws, regulations and policies as well as project-
and site-specific environmental permits and approvals issued at
federal, state and local government level. AGL monitors compliance
with these regulatory requirements and engages with regulators
and other stakeholders. AGL also monitors and publicly reports
environmental footprint data via its annual Sustainability Report,
and provides relevant information to regulatory agencies and bodies.
The two key focus areas for the
Environment chapter
of this report
are environmental risk and water management.
Environmental risk
: AGL’s environmental program is driven by
the environmental risk profile of the business and by regulatory
requirements. AGL’s long-term vision is to have an environmental
risk profile that is ‘as low as reasonably practicable’. This aspiration
marries both the need to operate in an environmentally responsible
manner and the need to target resources and efforts on a risk basis.
Water management
: Management of water resources is a critical
environmental issue facing Australia and one that is relevant to AGL’s
business. AGL’s long-term vision is to be recognised as a prudent and
responsible user of water that seeks to minimise the impact of its
operations on local water resources.
Environment
Environmental risk
Air
Noise
Waste
Consumed
water
Produced
water
Managed
water
Water management
Biodiversity,
land
management
and cultural
heritage
Vision
Target FY2011
Performance FY2011
Target FY2012
Environmental risk
To have an
environmental risk
profile that is ‘as low as
reasonably practicable’
(ALARP).
Update, establish and monitor
environmental risk registers for
significant power generation and
coal seam gas projects.
Environmental risk registers in
place, current, and monitored
for significant power
generation and coal seam gas
projects.
Develop biodiversity register
for AGL assets and projects
which identifies any impacts on
biodiversity values.
Watermanagement
To be recognised as a
prudent and responsible
user of water that seeks
to minimise the adverse
impact of its operations
on local water resources.
Continue to develop a Water
Management Strategy for coal
seam gas projects.
A Produced Water
Management Strategy for coal
seam gas projects has been
established.
Implement the Produced Water
Management Strategy, and
develop plans for drill water
and coal seam fracturing/
flowback water.