ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT APPROACH & POLICY

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT APPROACH & POLICY

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACH

Our ultimate aim as ENKA is to cause “Zero Harm” to the environment in all locations where we conduct our operations. To achieve this aim and serve relevant Sustainable Development Goals for a sustainable future, we;

  • Assess the potential environmental impacts of our operations in advance,
  • Plan our operations considering the adequate mitigations for identified impacts, and recognize the organizational risks and opportunities as per relevant national and international standards and legislations,
  • Ensure our employees are trained and competent on environmental issues,
  • Train our interested parties when necessary and consult them when required,
  • Consider and keep track of energy management, emissions, natural resource consumptions, land management, water management & emissions, waste management, protection of biodiversity, climate change & carbon footprint with extensive care during our operations,
  • Set SMART targets and measure our performance against them regularly,
  • Conduct internal audits including our subcontractors and suppliers in regular intervals,
  • are committed to conduct annual management reviews on our environmental management system to support continual improvement. Our environmental management system is regularly audited by third parties,
  • Are committed to report our environmental performance to stakeholders, interested parties and the public transparently through our company’s web site and other public reporting tools.
  • Design and execute the company owned investment projects in an ecofriendly perspective

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Environmental Impact Assessment sets a baseline for our environmental management system in our operations. During these assessments potential impacts on energy, water, land, air, biodiversity, noise, vibration and natural resources are identified. We apply stringent standards across all our projects, particularly when we operate in critical habitats that are rich in biodiversity and in areas of cultural significance or close to local communities, including indigenous people. Additional assessments and surveys are done when required during the following phases of our operations. All identified impacts are registered through necessary documentation. Mitigations for identified impacts are defined in these assessments and they are included in project planning.

PLANNING AND RISK ASSESSMENT

While we plan our environmental management methodology for each operation, we consider the identified impacts and their mitigation options as a core part of the process. We further combine them with the relevant requirements of prime contract, national and international legislations and standards. Subsequently, we identify the internal and external issues as well as the needs and expectations of our stakeholders which are affected by the environmental management of our operations. The risks and opportunities arising from these issues are evaluated and included during environmental planning. We conduct cradle-to-grave analyses for all our products, services and activities in each operation.

TRAINING, COMPETENCY & CONSULTATION

We ensure that our employees are competent enough to achieve our ultimate objectives. For this purpose, we work with competent professionals both at corporate offices and in each operation. We regularly provide suitable and sufficient amount of training to our employees about environmental related topics including energy management, water management, land management, climate change, pollution prevention, spill prevention, protection of biodiversity, local communities and natural resource consumption. We also provide trainings and awareness meetings to our relevant stakeholders about environmental topics related to them. Consultation on environmental topics with stakeholders is one of the main principles of our management system.

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ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND CLIMATE MANAGEMENT

Energy management is a key element for us to execute our work. We always seek for the most efficient energy systems with the best available technology. We analyze our current systems, keep track of efficiency opportunities and integrate improvements if applicable. In addition, we make investments on renewable energy resources where feasible.

In today’s world, energy has become a basic human need and a necessity which our lives depend on. Due to a globally growing population, energy demand increases every day while the current state of our planet and the climate face serious threats.

We at ENKA are aware of the fact that the climate is changing and we should take responsibility to do our part to leave a better habitat for future generations. As part of our environmental management system, we measure our greenhouse gas emissions and calculate our carbon footprint annually in accordance with international accepted standards. We report our climate strategy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data on international platforms and the public transparently. We are committed to make investments to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible by implementing industry best practices and best available technologies in our operations in order to reduce our impact on climate change while still meeting operational demands. Also, we implement resource efficiency, end-of-pipe solutions and advanced emissions control technologies in our operations to minimize our greenhouse gas emissions.

AIR EMISSIONS

As ENKA, we identify all emissions caused by our operations in advance. Then proper planning, engineering and mitigations are set in place to ensure the environment is protected and emissions stay at acceptable levels defined in relevant requirements of national and international legislation, and the prime contract. Best available technologies are utilized to mitigate the emissions of NOx, SOx, greenhouse and ozone depleting gases. Different type of monitoring techniques including continuous emissions monitoring systems and spot measurements are used to ensure the emissions stay below limits set by regulations.

NATURAL RESOURCE CONSUMPTION

We acknowledge that natural resources are limited and do our best to preserve them while complying with all relevant national and international legislations. With proper planning, responsible execution and adequate level of monitoring, we ensure that no natural resources are overconsumed.

WATER MANAGEMENT & WATER EMISSIONS

We believe in the “Water is Life” philosophy and do our best to preserve natural water sources while complying with all necessary national regulations. We keep records of amount of water we withdraw and discharge. We look for opportunities and implement as many reasonable procedures as possible where we can reduce the consumption and recycle / reuse the water in our operations.

PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY

We respect wildlife and take great care to protect biodiversity everywhere we work. We demonstrate extensive care to endemic species. We support biodiversity and work together with relevant NGOs to protect it. We develop biodiversity action plans for our operations to mitigate our impacts on the flora & fauna at each location.

BIODIVERSITY POLICY:

  • We allocate sufficient resources for biodiversity protection
  • We work closely with relevant NGOs and government authorities for biodiversity protection
  • We ensure that our employees are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably
  • We ensure that competent persons are involved in biodiversity management.
  • Biodiversity baseline details of the flora & fauna are clearly identified in environmental impact assessments and baseline studies at each location of operation.
  • Biodiversity action plans are developed based on the results of environmental impact assessment and baseline studies.
  • If endemic species are identified which are potentially being affected by our operations, appropriate protection measures are taken including engineering controls, monitoring, measuring, treatment and relocation.
  • We manage biodiversity in our operations in consideration of Aichi Biodiversity Targets
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WASTE MANAGEMENT

In respect of our ultimate aim, we at ENKA use an integrated approach to Waste Management, with our utmost priority being the prevention of waste generation if possible. In cases where it is not possible to do so, other options are chosen by following the steps within the waste hierarchy. Waste Management Plans are developed for each operation in light of impact assessments which aim to ‘Eliminate Waste at Source’. Then Reduce, Reuse, Recycle principles are applied to manage the waste and minimize the impact of wastes. Finally, proper waste disposal methodologies are followed. We are keen to reduce plastic waste by banning the use of plastic bottles and replacing plastic products with alternatives.

SOIL MANAGEMENT

Preventing soil contamination and the protection of top soil is our first priority in soil management. Where we work, we preserve the top soil by separating, storing and reinstating it properly. In the case of soil being contaminated, appropriate remediation practices are applied. All our excavations are done in accordance with project specific excavation plans which consider the type and condition of soil.

COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

Our Environmental Management System is in full compliance with the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems Standard. Our certificate, which we received in 2002 for the first time, has been approved and renewed every year through regular audits by British Standards Institute (BSI). As a result of the most recent audits, we have successfully completed our transition to the latest 2015 revision of the ISO 14001 Standard.

ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY & INCIDENT MANAGEMENT

We plan, prepare and test our emergency response to environmental emergencies and incidents. We consider environmental incidents as opportunities to determine their causes and make sure they never happen again. For this purpose, we investigate and report each and every environmental incident, no matter its magnitude, in great detail. The lessons we learn following the investigation process are shared with all project management and execution groups as well as corporate management to make sure necessary measures are taken at all levels of the company.

ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE MONITORING

We set SMART targets and key performance indicators for each of our operations and measure our actual performance against them. Improvement plans are prepared and implemented where there is a gap between the target and actual performance. We report our environmental performance to stakeholders, interested parties and the public transparently.

ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITS

We regularly conduct internal environmental audits in each operation to ensure we comply with relevant requirements. Subcontractor and supplier (i.e. vendor) operations are also included in our audits. For each subcontractor and supplier, a preliminary environmental survey is conducted in the course of vendor selection process and at the commencement of operations. For each selected vendor, follow-up-audits are performed during the subsequent steps of operations. Environmental performance is a criteria in subcontractor / supplier performance evaluation process.

MANAGEMENT REVIEW

To achieve continual improvement of our system, we review the management system and our environmental performance annually in detail, identify the improvement areas and take appropriate actions in a timely manner.

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