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.
Simplot is committed to improving energy efficiency. In 2018, we completed our global “25 in 10” energy efficiency program that targeted a 25% energy intensity improvement (measured as GJ of energy / processed tonne) and exceeded our target by 3%.
Energy efficiency remains top of mind as we continue to focus on reducing energy use. We are currently planning our next ten-year energy savings targets which will be announced in 2020.
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.
A number of our sites operate under Environmental Licences, and report annually on their licence conditions to their respective environmental protection agencies.
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.