Our aim as ENKA is to cause ‘’Zero Harm’’ to the environment in all locations where we conduct our operations. Respecting the natural resources of host countries we operate in, we are constantly working to reduce environmental impacts of our activities. ‘Environmental Impact Assessments’ are conducted in detail to control possible environmental impacts at the beginning of each of our projects. Waste Management Plans are developed in light of these assessments which aim to ‘Reduce or Eliminate Waste at Source’. We regularly monitor our environmental performance through established environmental procedures and audit programs to implement necessary improvements in a timely manner.
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACH
TRAINING & COMPETENCY
Both at projects and Corporate Health, Safety and Environment Department, we work with Environmental Engineers who are specialists for their expertise area. We are constantly increasing environmental awareness of our employees with trainings which are specified in project training plans.
ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE MONITORING
We consider environmental incidents as opportunities to determine their causes and to 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 groups as well as corporate management to make sure necessary measures are taken. We establish “Environmental Intervention Teams” in order to be able to intervene in any potential environmental incidents as soon as possible. These teams are trained by experts in their fields and are ready to act in any emergency situation with the implementation of drills.
NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
We believe in “Water is Life” philosophy and do our best to preserve natural water sources, while complying with all necessary local regulations. All forms of wastewaters produced within ENKA activites are measured and controlled as per local and international standards before being discharged to any receiving body.
Greenhouse gases that are emitted as a result of our activities are constantly monitored and studies are conducted to reduce our carbon footprint. Necessary measures against climate change are implemented to our activities and strategies at the highest organizational level.
Waste Management Plans in accordance with the “reduce, reuse and recycle” principle are followed when dealing with the waste that we generate. By separating our waste according to their characteristics, we minimize the interaction of waste with nature and dispose of them in proper disposal sites.
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 at ENKA comprises of all activities that include prevention of waste, reduction of waste production at its source, re-use, separation according to type and qualities, accumulation, collection, temporary storage, transport, interim storage, recycling, recovery including energy recovery, disposal, and monitoring, control and inspection following disposal.
All waste streams within ENKA activities are evaluated to determine the amount and type of waste that is generated. Waste is classified according to their characterization as hazardous waste, non-hazardous waste, medical waste, recyclable waste or special waste.
Generated waste is collected in their particular collection points according to their types, to be handled later. Collection and transfer activities of waste are overseen by our experienced and competent project HSE teams or a designated waster subcontractor.
Any contractual obligations or local laws are complied with when storing, handling or disposing of waste. Waste generated from ENKA activities is only disposed to designated and licensed disposal areas.
We at ENKA are aware that water is an essential natural resource for life. It is what living beings are made of and requirements for continuation of life. For these reasons we manage our use of water very carefully, responsibly and effectively.
In addition to our own standards, complying with local water regulations in any location we operate, is our number one priority when it comes to water management. In order to prevent any kind of pollution of any water bodies, we take appropriate control measures and put necessary actions to use.
Our projects collect their wastewater and treat it in suitable wastewater treatment plants before discharging. Necessary measurements are made to ensure any required standards are met before treated water is discharged to any receiving water body.
All ENKA activities are required to keep track of their water usage, as well as their wastewater discharge amounts. In order to implement more effective strategies in water management, all the data from ENKA activities are collected and evaluated every year in accordance with GRI Standards.
CARBON FOOTPRINT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
In today’s world, energy has become a basic human need and a necessity on which our lives depend. Heating and lighting needs are essential concepts not just for ENKA, but for any human living on the planet. With a globally growing population, energy needs also increase every day while the current state of our planet and the climate face serious threats.
We at ENKA are aware of the fact that is climate change and take responsibility to do our part to leave a better habitat for future generations.
For this goal, we measure, monitor and record our greenhouse gas emissions and electricity consumption for all activities. The resulting data is gathered and a cumulative carbon footprint for all of ENKA is measured in accordance with GRI Standards. Every year we assess these values in order to implement more effective strategies and to reduce our carbon footprint.
We implement resource efficiency, end-of-pipe solutions, and advanced emission control technologies in our power plants to minimize our greenhouse gas emissions while still meeting the energy demands.
We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to the prevention of climate change and its adverse effects on the planet.
COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS
Our Environmental Management System is in full compliance with 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). Consequent to the most recent audits, we have successfully completed our transition to the latest 2015 revision of ISO 14001 Standard.