Environment & Safety
Safety at Kooragang Island
Orica Kooragang Island is committed to ensuring that all operations are conducted in accordance with our safety and health and risk management policies.
We strive to ensure our facility operates to the highest standard to protect the health and safety of employees, the community and the environment. Our safety, health and environmental management system supports our delivery of a high standard of performance in these areas.
Kooragang Island and the Environment
At Orica we understand that good environmental performance is essential to ensure our ongoing business success.
Orica operates extremely complex facilities that provide great benefit to many Australian businesses and consumers. We always aspire to the highest environmental standards and we work to embed environmental stewardship in everything we do. We consider both the short and long-term impacts of our operations on the environment and work to minimise our environmental footprint and legacies.
Improvement projects are regularly undertaken on site to ensure our environmental performance continues to meet the standards expected by the community, regulatory bodies and Orica.
We are committed to ensuring that all operations are conducted in accordance with our Environment Policy.
The Protection of the Environment (Operations) Act 1997 requires facilities such as ours to hold an Environment Protection Licence (EPL No. 828). This licence includes the emission limits, monitoring, reporting requirements and environmental improvement programs that the facility must comply with. The EPL includes Pollution Reduction Programs (PRP) which are being implemented to improve the site’s environmental performance.
Although the Kooragang Island site achieves a compliance rate of greater than 99.5 percent against monitoring requirements, any non-compliance is treated seriously and Orica investigates all breaches to enable appropriate controls to be put in place to minimise the risk of a recurrence and to share learning within the organisation.
Orica is also required to report emissions on an annual basis in the National Pollution Inventory (NPI). This information includes a combination of measured emissions and estimates based on government developed emission factors. The NPI reports are available at the National Pollution Inventory website.
Social responsibility is the foundation of Orica’s operations and ensuring sustainability through the delivery of value to stakeholders in the key areas of governance, safety, health and environment, product stewardship, people, community engagement and communication is how we ensure our social licence to operate. Information on Orica’s sustainability and the actions being undertaken to continue to improve our operations are detailed in our annual sustainability report.
The site provides information on environmental performance on a monthly basis through Community SHEC Reports.
General Licence Requirements
Environment Protection Licence No.
Licence Anniversary Date
Submitted each year and provides a summary of the monitoring required by the licence, compliance with licence conditions and the load based fee calculation.
Recording of Complaints
Orica is required to operate a telephone complaints line (free call 1800 789 044) to enable the public to contact the facility. Records of the complaints are required to be retained, including the complainant’s name, address and contact details plus the nature of the complaint and any action taken to address the issue.
Environmental Improvement Projects at Kooragang Island
Through investment in both capital and our people, Orica plans to:
- reduce air emissions - this will include a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and investigations to reduce particulate emissions from the plant
- reduce the hazard/risk profile of our operations
- improve effluent and site stormwater systems, and continue to remediate legacy contamination.
Greenhouse gas emissions from the Kooragang Island site include carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas.
Carbon dioxide emissions occur as a result of the use of natural gas in the ammonia plant and nitrates plant areas.
Orica is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through maximising the efficiency of processes to ensure that the tonnes of greenhouse gases generated per tonne of product are minimised.
In 2012 Orica installed nitrous oxide abatement technology on two of the nitric acid plants to minimise the emission of this greenhouse gas.
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