As we build and maintain some of the largest and most complex projects in the resources and infrastructure sectors across Australia and our international markets, we want to raise the bar and ensure our operations leave a positive legacy for generations to come.
We know our leadership in this space is highly valued by our employees, customers, and communities, and is critical to our long-term success. Our commitment and action towards sustainable solutions will allow us to respond effectively to the risks of climate change and adapt to a low-carbon future. While our overall carbon footprint is deemed small, we continue to look for ways to reduce our emissions.
We recognise the important role we have in minimising the impact of our operations and contributing to the sustainable management of the unique environments where we are lucky enough to work. That’s why we are committed to Net Zero* emissions by 2050.
We recognise the importance of the natural environment in the regions where we operate and the need to manage our activities for long-term environmental sustainability, including a sustained focus on energy use and emissions reductions. Our objective is to minimise the impact of our operations through the identification and mitigation of risks to the natural environment. This is achieved through leadership, resources, processes, education, and a demonstrable commitment to the Monadelphous Environmental Policy.
We are investing in our future as a sustainable business by aligning with the UN Global Compact Sustainable Development Goals. This is the framework by which we will measure our progress against current climate change risks and transparently report on our sustainability progress.
Our Energy and Emissions Reduction Plans
To support our Net Zero journey, we have established an interim target of 20-40% reduction in our Scope 1 and 2 absolute emissions across our Australian and international operationally controlled locations by 2030. This is the first phase in a staged approach to drive our performance, which is supported by our emissions and energy reduction roadmap.
We will continue to focus on minimising all potential environmental impact areas including waste, natural environment clearing activities, and preventing pollution in all forms. A key element of our current focus is on emission and energy use reduction. In line with this, we have identified four key focus areas to achieving our targets:
Greenhouse gas emissions and energy data is collated and reported on as part of our environmental planning and legislative requirements and net zero and sustainability reporting purposes. This involves the collection of data relating to liquid fuel use, energy consumption and indirect emissions. We report our annual emissions and energy usage to the Clean Energy Regulator for our Australian operationally controlled locations. The greenhouse gas data is reviewed to identify trends and used as part of our innovation and mitigation strategy development for our business activities. This in turn supports our efforts to minimise our greenhouse gas footprint and drive performance towards net zero. We continue to support our customers ambition to pursue their net zero emission journeys, constantly looking for ways we can decarbonise our operations to reduce our Scope 1 and 2 emissions produced on customer sites.
We have maintained a strong record of environmental performance using robust environmental management systems and procedures, and actively engaging with our workforce to capture, share and implement innovations that minimise environmental impacts. Following the initiatives set out in our Environmental Strategic Plan, we have established targets and measures for data collection which will assist with the monitoring of long-term trends and support our ongoing commitment to reduce our emissions production and energy consumption. Targets include continued certification to the ISO14001:2015 standard and a serious environmental incident frequency rate (SEIFR) of zero.
Monadelphous operates in a broad range of environmentally sensitive areas with highly diverse ecosystems. When operating in these areas Monadelphous complies with conditions prescribed by customers and regulators as a minimum standard.
It is important that we demonstrate leadership by prioritising actions which address our environmental impact – in fact, we believe it is critical to our long-term success. Maintaining a business that is well-positioned to respond effectively to the risks of climate change and adapt to a low-carbon future, and focus on environmental responsibility more broadly, is what our employees, customers, shareholders and communities expect of us.
Our employees participate in a comprehensive environmental awareness program. Some of the initiatives in which our employees actively participate include:
- Net Zero and Environmental Strategy Working Groups across the business
- Clean Up Australia Day and Keep Australia Beautiful Day programs
- World Environment Day
- Planting days or rehabilitation activities in local communities
- Energy conservation and Sustainable Facility programs
We continue to look for ways to minimise our environmental footprint by investing in more efficient technology and implementing conservation programs for energy, waste, water, and preventing pollution from our activities.
* Our 2050 Net Zero target is bounded by our Scope 1 and 2 Operationally Controlled locations within Australia and Internationally.