Environment

We recognise our responsibility to protect the global environment in our business operations by preserving natural resources, minimising waste and using water and energy efficiently. We share this responsibility with our suppliers, our employees, the community and also governments.

The Simplot Australia Environmental Policy affirms our commitment to adopt environmentally sound business practices. Good environmental management is vital to our long term growth and part of the responsibility we have towards future generations.  Some of the strategies we are implementing as part of our journey towards achieving more sustainable business practices are listed below.

“25 in 10” Energy Efficiency Target

Simplot is committed to improving energy efficiency and in 2008 we implemented a global target to reduce the amount of energy used per tonne of product by 25% over ten years.  Energy efficiency projects have been implemented across our business that are helping us to improve efficiencies, reduce our environmental footprint and successfully achieve our goal.

Simplot Australia is a member of the Energy User Association of Australia and actively advocates through this association to ensure the objectives of the national energy laws are met- safe, reliable and efficient supply to all users. We report our energy and greenhouse gas emissions annually under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (NGER).

Environmental Management Systems

All Simplot Australia sites have an environmental management system (EMS) in place, with two sites accredited to the new ISO14001:2015 environmental management standard. Our remaining sites are currently working to meet the requirements of this new standard.

To see the scope of the EMS for our Ulverstone Plant click here
To see the scope of the EMS for our Devonport Plant click here

Environmental Licences

A number of our sites operate under Environmental Licences, and report annually on their licence conditions to their respective environmental protection agencies.

Bathurst Plant’s Licence Performance
Bathurst Plant's Pollution Incident Response Management Plan

Packaging

Simplot is a founding signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), a voluntary initiative between government and industry aimed at identifying solutions to address packaging sustainability issues.  The Covenant seeks to minimise the environmental impacts arising from the disposal of used packaging, conserve resources through better design and production processes, and facilitate the re-use and recycling of used packaging materials.

Simplot’s Australian Packaging Covenant 2011 – 2017 Action Plan