Our Carbon Footprint

18.04.2015

At IPL, we apply a continuous improvement approach to the management of environmental matters.

At IPL, we apply a continuous improvement approach to the management of environmental matters, focusing on the efficient use of non-renewable resources, environmental management at our sites and the rehabilitation and remediation of contaminated sites. 

As part of our Health, Safety, Environment and Community Policy we: 

  • Conduct our operations in compliance with all relevant environmental licences and regulations; 
  • Promote the efficient use of resources and energy; and 
  • Strive to minimise our impact on the environment. 

Our sustainability agenda includes a strong focus on progressively increasing resource efficiency.

Our site-based approach to environmental and social sustainability will expand to include our entire value chain as our sustainability approach matures. 

Targets for GHG emissions, natural gas use, water use and waste to landfill were established for our Australian manufacturing operations in 2012, and global targets were established in 2015; the risks and opportunities associated with climate change have been assessed, and are described in our CDP Reports each year; and we have a governance structure in place across the organisation to ensure the effective management of environmental impacts.

To view a diagram representing the life cycle of producing MAP and DAP ammonia based fertilisers at our Phosphate Hill site, click here.

To view a diagram representing the life cycle of producing ammonium nitrate at our Moranbah site, click here.

Case study: Implementing our plan to use less at our manufacturing sites 

One of our focus areas of our sustainability agenda has been to use less non-renewable resources in our operations. In 2012 we established reduction targets for our Australian manufacturing sites to be met by 2015. 

Corporate Sustainability Manager, Karen Durand, said the targets were aligned with the focus on running lean, energy efficient plants while at the same time monitoring how environmentally efficient our operations are at converting raw materials into final product.

“A number of working groups were established across Australia to research, consult and develop their own site targets with more than 75 site specific initiatives identified and agreed to by our local site managers,” said Karen. "These have been met, and in 2015 we established north American manufacturing targets for reductions in NOx and greenhouse gas emissions, which have been rolled into global targets".

A substantial amount of work was done to achieve our 2015 targets, with many sites seeing results that were both cost-effective and environmentally responsible. 

For example Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific’s Warkworth site, in the Hunter Valley New South Wales, achieved its target to divert all ammonium nitrate bags from landfill by the end of 2013, saving approximately $46,000 per year and making approximately 70 tonnes of plastic available to be recycled. Each year 30,000 bags were stored on site before being transported to landfill. 

In order to divert this plastic from landfill to recycling, staff were trained to use a bag baler which meant the bags could be baled and collected by a recycler at very little cost. This recycling project is being implemented at several other Australian sites which also empty ammonium nitrate bags, and will produce similar recycled plastic tonnages and savings. 

Another recycling project at Dyno Nobel’s Bajool site in Queensland is delivering a win-win scenario for our business and a local farmer. Previously, the explosives storage and distribution site had to store and safely dispose of approximately four tonnes of floor sweepings of ammonium nitrate which were lost in the bagging process every six months.

Three employees developed a cost-effective and safe solution to the problem. By combining 60 per cent sand with 40 per cent ammonium nitrate, the spill is converted to a safe non-explosive form of nutrient that can be used as a nutrient rich topsoil. A local farmer accredited to handle ammonium nitrate uses the topsoil on his property. 

A third project involves two solar power trials at Dyno Nobel sites in Queensland. These trials are implementing innovative energy saving offices from Blue Planet Buildings at Lady Loretta Mine near Mt Isa and the Ernest Henry Mine at Clonclurry. The flat pack solar buildings can be used in any remote location as long as there is sun. With six buildings fitting onto one semi-trailer, the freight cost is greatly reduced and buildings can be quickly mobilised. They are also rated to the highest Australian Standard cyclone rating.



Environmental compliance

Our operations are subject to environmental regulation under the jurisdiction of the countries in which our operations are conducted. We report environmental compliance data to a number of government and industry bodies, and obtain assurance over our Australian Green House Gas emissions, energy consumption and production figures.

In certain jurisdictions, we hold licences for some of our operations and activities from the relevant environmental regulator and we measure compliance with such licences and report statutory non-compliances as required. 

Site Remediation

We are addressing a number of legacy contamination issues caused by our long-term operations, as well as issues inherited from predecessors or neighbouring operations. Download our 2014 Sustainability Report to read about the successful $20 million remediation of our Wallaroo site in South Australia, which included an area of historical significance which was transferred to the District Council of the Copper Coast on September 11th 2014.