Managing our impacts and measuring our performance
Actions taken to mitigate our impact on the environment are based on a hierarchy of decisions and measures, with many of the mitigation processes effectively built into the design of the project.
We are also planning a number of monitoring programmes to collate data to measure our performance. Monitoring will be in line with agreed standards and is designed to support continual improvement, to verify ESIA predictions, and to collate additional data where information gaps are identified.
In addition, we have drawn up a series of management plans aimed at ensuring compliance with the environmental and social requirements of our operations including
- Environmental Management Plan;
- Waste Management Plan;
- Environmental Monitoring Plan;
- Emergency Response Plan;
- Oil Spill Contingency Plan;
- Transport Management Plan;
- Public Consultation and Disclosure Plan; and
- Corporate Social Responsibility
7. Mitigation plans and monitoring programmes
The mitigation hierarchy for planned project activities
Avoid at source; reduce at source
Designing the project so that a feature causing an impact is designed out (e.g. a waste stream is eliminated) or altered (e.g. reduced waste volume).
Abate on site
Adding something to the design to abate the impact (e.g. pollution controls).
Abate at receptor
If an impact cannot be avoided, reduced or abated on-site then measures can be implemented off-site (e.g. noise or visual screening at properties).
Repair or remedy
Some impacts involve unavoidable damage to a resource, (e.g. land disturbance). Repair essentially involves restoration and reinstatement type measures.
Compensate in kind
Where other mitigation approaches are not possible or fully effective, then compensation, in some measure, for loss or damage might be appropriate.