The increasing impact of man-made activities on natural ecosystems is widely acknowledged. Climate change, resource scarcity, access to water, all of these are issues with universal consequences and a growing awareness of their potential impacts.
The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement reached in December 2015 highlight the need for a concerted effort to effectively tackle these challenges. To help ensure good environmental stewardship within our operations, the Group’s Environmental Policy sets out our core goals for managing impacts at site level. Ongoing improvement projects in our focus areas of Emissions, Water and Waste are supported by new technologies, processes, innovation and by some of the most experienced and highly trained experts in the industry.
To support our efforts on environmental stewardship, accredited environmental management systems are being rolled out across qualifying sites. The majority of sites have already achieved ISO 14001 and we continue to advance certification of the Group's remaining locations with anticipated completion by 2017.