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Introduction
AGL is committed to achieving excellence in environmental management
and performance.
A number 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 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; and
>> consult with stakeholders on how best to achieve
environmental objectives.
AGL’s operations 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.
Performance Summary
Vision
Target FY2012
Performance FY2012
Target FY2013
Environmental risk
To have an
environmental risk
profile that is As Low As
Reasonably Practicable
(ALARP).
Develop biodiversity register
for AGL assets and projects
which identifies any impacts on
biodiversity values.
The biodiversity register
is established. It provides
a company-wide baseline
of information that will
enhance our understanding
of biodiversity risks.
100% of approved risk
register actions for the
highest environmental risks
implemented in accordance
with targeted milestones.
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.
Implement the Produced Water
Management Strategy, and
develop plans for drill water
and coal seam fracturing/
flowback water.
Site specificwater plans and
reuse trials were undertaken in
linewith the ProducedWater
Management Strategy.
Increase number of dedicated
monitoring bores and stream
gauging sites relative to overall
number of CSG wells/sites.
Environment
Environmental risk
Air
Noise
Waste
Consumed
water
Produced
water
Managed
water
Water management
Biodiversity
and cultural
heritage