Environmental

Climate change and resource scarcity are becoming more pressing issues. Sembcorp is committed to playing our part in enabling a low-carbon and circular economy. We aim to maintain the highest standards of environmental management, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions intensity and grow our portfolio of low-carbon energy assets, while innovating our business solutions to support a circular economy.

Why this is material
As an energy producer, our energy generation activities release GHG emissions that contribute to climate change. Climate change also poses potential regulatory, technological, physical and reputational risks to our business.

Our approach
We have a two-pronged approach to addressing the risks and opportunities brought about by climate change. The first is to minimise our negative impact by reducing our operational GHG emissions, and the second is to enhance our positive impact by growing our green business lines such as renewables.

Climate-related issues are managed through our Climate Change Working Committee (CCWC). The CCWC reports to the Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC), which in turn reports to the board’s Risk Committee. The achievement of our climate change targets is monitored and incentivised via the performance scorecards of our senior executives.

To find out how we grew our renewables portfolio amid the pandemic and developed a stronger ecosystem for green attributes, please refer to the Feature Stories section on our Sustainability webpage.

Why this is material
As an energy and urban development player, our activities consume resources such as fuel and water. We continue to optimise our operational resource consumption to reduce our impact on the environment.

Our three key areas of focus are:

• Energy management
• Water and wastewater management
• Waste management

Our approach
Energy Management
To optimise the efficiency of our energy assets, we use advanced digital solutions that enable real-time data analysis for the early detection of anomalies to facilitate prompt corrective intervention or preventive maintenance. We also aim to increase the use of solar energy at our sites to reduce our Scope 2 GHG emissions.

To find out how our partnerships and innovation have helped to improve resource management, please refer to the Feature Stories section on our Sustainability webpage.

Water and Wastewater Management
We seek to ensure that our interactions with, and usage of, water resources are responsibly managed. Our wastewater treatment business applies various technologies such as membrane separation and biological treatment to effectively treat different wastewater profiles from our customers.

Waste Management
We adopt the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle, and actively seek solutions that support a circular economy. 

Resource management falls under the oversight of the Global Operations department. It is guided by the Group Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Management Framework, Environmental Policy and Standards, as well as all applicable environmental regulations

To find out how we are exploring the resource recovery of decommissioned solar panels, please refer to the Feature Stories section on our Sustainability webpage.

Why this is material
Our operations and activities have varying degrees of impact on the environment, such as the discharge of effluent, disposal of waste, or the emission of air pollutants. Any improper or non-compliant discharge, disposal or emission may result in harm to the environment and public health, as well as threaten the long-term viability of our business.

Our approach
Our Group HSSE standards support the Precautionary Principle in managing environmental risks. We seek to take preventive action to minimise our impact on the environment. Where required, we conduct environmental impact assessments in accordance with national and / or international standards and methodologies. Local environmental protection falls under the oversight of the Group HSSE department, guided by the Group HSSE Policy and Standards as well as all applicable environmental regulations.

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