At Salcon, we believe in pushing for greater practices in reducing our environmental footprint and emission as well as climate change, improve energy efficiency and waste management and conserve precious resources throughout our operation at project sites and offices. All of our project sites in Malaysia are covered and certified with the ISO 14001 standard by the Bureau Veritas Certification. We ensure our operations comply with Environmental Management Standards ISO 14001 and promote responsible usage of our resources as well as aim to minimize the impact of pollution from our operations, implement proper water, energy, waste, noise and dust management.
Throughout the years, we have been guided by the Group Environmental Policy to ensure minimal environmental impact generated from our operations. There were no fines and penalties on issues related to the environmental due to any non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
Throughout the years, we have been guided by the Group Environmental Policy to ensure minimal environmental impact generated from our operations.
In order to further complement our commitment towards environment conservation, we have launched the Green Policy in 2016 to further enhance our environmental sustainability efforts in key focus areas. The Green Policy elaborates our commitments in different areas in reducing carbon footprint and pollutions.
Climate change & pollution
We see climate change & pollution as not only an environmental problem, but also a fundamental economic and social issue posing various risks to businesses. The Group’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) oversees the climate change risks and opportunities and ensure the operations create minimal impact to the environment.
The company’s Environmental & Green Policy is to minimize negative environmental impacts as well as to promote environmental conservation in its business operations. Where required by law, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies are conducted at project sites to ensure harmonious existence with the surrounding ecosystems.
In FYE 2018, we became part of the Malaysia’s Enablers of Climate Change policies under the Global Compact Malaysia (GCMY), a new programme aimed at enhancing companies’ leadership in both climate change initiatives in Malaysia and across ASEAN.
As a UNGC signatory, we are committed to support the 17 SDGs throughout our business operation for a sustainable future. The commitment includes the Goal 13: Climate Action. We believe small actions can lead to great impacts. In mitigating climate change, the Group minimizes flight frequency or other forms of transportation in favour of video conferencing for meetings.
Besides recognizing climate change risks, we also incorporate climate change opportunities into our business strategy. In 2012, we invested in solar panel installation for houses in Southern United Kingdom. This not only generate green energy income for us but also helps to reduce GHG emissions.
All the initiatives and action taken by the Group to reduce pollution and climate change impact as well as to conserve resources is reflected in our commitment towards the ISO14001: 2004 which certified and reviewed yearly by Bureau Veritas Certification. The COO overlooks the whole operations of the Group to ensure minimum climate change impact and reports the same to the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Group.
We aim to minimize our environmental footprint, including reducing negative impacts on our climate and environment from our business operations in the following areas:
- Overall, the Group’s business operational impacts on negative and direct contribution to the GHG emissions are low as compared to other industries. Nevertheless, we remain vigilant on potential impact in order to minimize and reduce GHG emissions through efficient energy management.
- We strive to reduce energy consumption via the timely maintenance of plant facilities and machines to ensure efficiency. By practicing routine and planned preventive maintenance, cost of repairs and maintenance can be reduced effectively. Management and close monitoring of machineries, equipment and facilities also reduced electricity consumption and energy costs.
- We apply the best and most appropriate water treatment technologies to ensure that the water treatment plants which we build are cost efficient and minimize the use of our water resources which could then be diverted for other use. Notice of saving water is put at water taps to remind all users on the importance of saving the precious resources.
- As Malaysia is not a water-stressed region, being blessed with high abundant rainfall averaging 3,000mm annually, we do not invest in R&D to mitigate water-related risks at this moment as we place more focus on other operational and management risks.
- As at FYE 2018, there are no incidents of non-compliance with water quality/ quantity permits, standards and regulations.
- Over the last 3 years (FY 2018, 2017, 2016), 100% of our water was discharged to off-site wastewater treatment plant whilst 100% of our water was withdrawn from surface water ie rivers.
- Some of the action taken to ensure efficient water management at our project sites include:
1. Langat 2 water treatment plant – Silt traps were constructed to ensure no surface run-off pollution to the Sungai Langat which flows along the northern perimeter of the work site
2. Binh An water treatment plant, Vietnam – Reduction of water consumption through backwashing of filter when the water level in filters is low to save on water consumed.
3. Langat Centralized Sewage Treatment Plant – A retention pond is constructed to retain the pollutants and trash from overflowing the streams.
- Although our operations do not release much emission into the air, we recognize that our site vehicles do contribute to such emissions. As such, we service our site vehicles regularly to ensure minimal engine oil leaks and smoke emissions.
- Sources of noise generation typically associated with our operations such as during excavation and land clearing works, piling works, general fabrication works, movement of vehicles at site, can be a nuisance to the local community. As such, we ensure that the boundary noise levels at identified locations do not exceed the action level 65 dB(A) during the day nad 55 dB (A) at night within the project construction period. Appropriate noise control measures such as erection of barriers, screens or deflectors are utilized to reduce boundary noise levels if required.
- At project sites, pollution monitoring and waste management are of primary importance. Responsible personnel are required to present proper and detailed environment management documentation for inspection, regularly and on request as well as to ensure its successful implementation.
- Scheduled waste is disposed in an environmentally responsible manner via Kualiti Alam Malaysia, a renowned waste disposal and management service provider.
- Our goal in the waste management is to reduce hazardous waste generation by 10% on a per unit basis by 2026 from 2016 levels.
- We implement effective dust control to ensure our operation does not create any inconvenience to the habitat or the people. For instance, we conduct dust control by spraying water or covering dusty working areas with wet gunny sacks and silt trap for solid sedimentation before discharging wastewater to drainage or river.
- We believe that good practices have to start from within. With this, we encourage our employees to be environmentally aware and practice recycling at the workplace. We collaborate with Pertubuhan Amal Seri Sinar to conduct an annual spring cleaning and recycling campaign to encourage employees to contribute their unwanted but reusable and recyclable items such as paper, plastic, clothing, glass, electrical items and furniture.
Chemical Management & Handling
- We ensure proper handling of hazardous chemicals from the procurement until the disposal stage. All hazardous chemicals used on-site are suitably identified and controlled.
Erosion & Sediment Control
- We believe that effective drainage systems minimize risks of erosive flows, therefore we ensure that erosion and sediment control structures are regularly inspected and maintained during construction periods to ensure functionality.
The Group’s 10-year long term targets to minimize the environmental footprint are as below:
|Area to improve||Goal to be achieved in 2026|
|Scheduled Waste||To reduce hazardous waste generation by 10% on a per unit basis by 2026 from 2016|
|Energy||To reduce energy consumption by 10% on a per unit basis by 2026 from 2016|
|Water||To reduce water consumption by 10% on a per unit basis by 2026 from 2016|
Salcon recognizes the importance of maintaining the ecosystem and biodiversity across our project sites. In our effort to further improve our future performance to safeguard the environment, we focus on reducing actions which adversely impact the environmental health whilst promoting programmes which reduce loss of biodiversity in order to achieve a net positive biodiversity impact.
- At our major project site, Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant project with total treatment capacity of 1,130 MLD, we are committed to zero burning and no hunting within the project implementation period.
- We are also looking into a suitable partnership with an environmental organization for a tree replanting exercise at an appropriate location to provide food and care for wildlife.
- We believe that the education passed on to the next generations guarantee the sustainability of our precious resources. Our flagship corporate responsibility programme, the Salcon River & Water Awareness Programme aims to educate primary and secondary students on river water conservation, to reduce pollution and appreciate and conserve our natural resources.