Environmental management at APA
Environment Strategy and Improvement Plan
APA is committed to pursuing a high standard of environmental management. In FY2016 we initiated an Environmental Strategy and
Improvement Plan, consisting of 12 initiatives for delivery between July 2015 and June 2017. The Plan is designed to improve our corporate
governance framework for environmental management across all Australian operations. Key initiatives within the Plan include development of
corporate environment procedures across eight work streams, and a training and awareness program.
The key focus for FY2016 was development of environment procedures to address our significant risks and legal obligations. This is now complete
and the implementation component is underway. Training and awareness will be delivered to all employees and applicable contractors through
various mediums, including video, e-learning and face to face presentations.
LOOKING AFTER THE ENVIRONMENT
Throughout 2015, APA completed construction of the
293 km Eastern Goldfields Pipeline (EGP). The pipeline traverses a large section of previously undisturbed Great Victoria Desert,
and consequently, potential habitat for several endangered species, including the endangered Sandhill Dunnart (a small,
carnivorous marsupial - see photo above).
In order to minimise impacts to the Dunnart and monitor the projects impact on the species, a Threatened Species
Management Plan (TSMP) and a specific Sandhill Dunnart Monitoring Plan was developed.
The TSMP outlined the management measures to be applied during construction to minimise risks to the Dunnart and other
endangered species. It was a success, with habitat clearing minimised and no loss of individuals during construction. The
Monitoring Plan went above and beyond a basic approach and included radio-tracking to determine habitat preferences, shelter
requirements, movements and activity, predation and dietary analysis.
As a result of this comprehensive management program, the Sandhill Dunnart is now known to occur across a much larger area
with its range extended well to the north and north-west. New information about habitat selection and utilisation,
as well as foraging times and ranges has been discovered and communicated back to relevant stakeholders.
Biodiversity and land
Biodiversity preservation is a critical global issue. As an energy company that operates in diverse and ecologically sensitive locations, our activities
have the potential to impact on flora, fauna and the habitats they depend on.
We are committed to preserving and restoring the long term health and viability of the natural environments in which we operate. We take care
to assess environmental values prior to commencing an activity, manage habitat disturbance and restore areas as soon as practical following
completion of construction or maintenance.
Our activities are formally considered by the relevant state authority before any work commences and we conduct all work in accordance with a
license specific Environmental Management Plan or equivalent.
Where some activities present more risk, specific strategies and management plans are developed and implemented.
APA understands the importance of identifying, recording and managing Aboriginal sites of significance. We have a systematic approach
for determining whether significant heritage sites might be affected by projects or works and then protecting them against disturbance. If
disturbance is unavoidable, we work with relevant parties (such as indigenous groups, community groups and regulatory authorities) to ascertain
how best to plan and undertake activities to manage impacts.
APA takes care to prepare, implement and comply with all Aboriginal cultural heritage documentation as required by law. This may include
Cultural Heritage Management Plans, Strategies or equivalent. APA also has a new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Procedure which
outlines the minimum management measures to be applied in the absence of site specific documentation. This procedure is being implemented
across all applicable business areas in FY2017.
National greenhouse and energy reporting
APA complies with the Commonwealth National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 which establishes a national framework for
corporations to report greenhouse emissions, energy consumption and production should specific thresholds be met.
APA's emissions are mainly the result of power generation activities, the combustion of natural gas in compressor stations and from fugitive
emissions. In financial year 2016, APA reported 350,922 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (scope 1 emissions).
Carbon Disclosure Project
APA participated for the sixth time in the Carbon Disclosure Project, a voluntary disclosure to investors on carbon emissions, liability, reduction
activities, strategies and management. APA's score of 86 is ranked in the highest band for disclosure (>70), which states that "a company
provided comprehensive information about the measurement and management of its carbon footprint, its climate change strategy and risk
management processes and outcomes." APA's performance score of D ranked consistently with the rest of the utilities sector. APA could improve
its performance score by setting and achieving carbon emission reduction targets. However, because APA's reduction activities rely on a strong
carbon price, management will wait for further certainty on carbon legislation before committing resources to these activities. APA's overall score of 86D ranked second in the utilities sector and highest amongst its direct peers.
Clean energy policy
APA continues to support reducing carbon emissions as a responsible risk mitigation response to climate change. APA supports technology
agnostic domestic carbon abatement polices to meet Australia's 26-28% Paris COP21 carbon reduction commitment.
In the longer term, as international and domestic carbon policy and markets mature, APA's assets will play an important role in meeting
Australia's long-term emission reduction targets as energy consumption shifts from carbon intensive fuels, such as coal, to more carbon efficient
fuels, such as natural gas.
Expanding our low emission generation portfolio
APA continues to progress the development of the 130 megawatt Badgingarra Wind Development Project adjacent to APA's Emu Downs Wind
Farm, as well as the 20 megawatt Emu Downs Solar Project, a small expansion to the wind farm. Both projects are contingent on entering
into a long-term off-take agreement and meeting APA's investment hurdles. The Emu Downs Solar Project was shortlisted by ARENA for the
competitive $100 million large scale solar funding program.
On 8 September 2016 (subsequent to the release of the 2016 Annual Report and Sustainability Report), ARENA announced the 20MW Emu Downs Solar Project as one of the successful projects to receive funding of $5.5 million, subject to APA finalising commercial agreements.
APA joins the Clean Energy Council
In FY2016 APA joined the Clean Energy Council. The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia.
APA through its Corporate Membership will gain access to extensive renewable energy industry knowledge, including market and
technology developments, as well as input into the Clean Energy Council's policy advocacy groups.
In APA's view, gas-fired generation and renewable energy, predominately wind-powered generation and increasingly solar generation, are
technologies that can meet significant emission reduction targets for Australia.