PTT Group Environmental Targets
Under the PTT Group SSHE Management Framework, PTT works to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of SSHE risk management for PTT and PTT Group companies, in order to achieve defined targets and attain operational excellence. In 2012, PTT set the 2020 Strategic Targets to drive operational improvements, while deploying the PTT Group SSHE Management Standard is support implementation in Business Units and PTT Group companies.
The PTT Group SSHE Strategic Objectives and QSHE Policy have been developed in alignment with corporate strategy. The environmental targets consist of 2 dimensions: Eco, which focuses on reducing PTT’s ecological footprint throughout product life-cycles, and Efficiency, which aims to elevate performance to international best practices.
Strategic Objectives 2020
|Volume of emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs), oxides of nitrogen as nitrogen dioxide (NOx),
and Sulphur dioxide (SO2)
Zero increase of absolute emission
growth rate in 2020
Number of green products
|Increase in number of green products|
Amount of hazardous waste-to-landfill
Zero hazardous waste-to-landfill
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions
Reduce 5% of GHG intensity, compared to 2012 baseline
Reduce energy intensity by at least 1.9% annually based on business as usual (BAU) until 2017
Reduce water consumption in high risk areas and limit the increase of water consumption volume in high risk areas
PTT Group has measures in place for the control of air emissions, such as SO2, NOx and VOCs, and has set the target for zero increase of absolute emission growth rate by the year 2020. Operational areas or plants located in or near emission controlled areas are equipped with strict emission control measures in order to reduce environmental impacts to communities. PTT further gives importance to emission prevention through careful selection of equipment and
machinery across the production process, particularly those that utilize efficient fuel burning technologies; maintaining conditions of equipment, improving performance efficiency, and clean technologies – to prevent environmental impacts from the source. PTT further utilizes Air Modeling to assess air quality impacts from the source to various destination sites and as an approach in planning and controlling SO2 and NOx emissions more efficiently. Regarding VOCs
emissions, PTT monitors and assesses VOCs leakage by using infrared cameras at the fugitive source at PTT Gas Separation Plant and the NGV Mother Station, and conducts regular maintenance on equipment to ensure reduction in VOCs leakages. PTT has also improved the loading and transport method for petroleum products from trucks, from Top-Loading to Modify Top Loading or Bottom Loading, through modification of the third section of the feeding pipe. This is to reduce possible impacts to the quality of the petroleum products, which will reduce the amount of VOCs emitted as well as product losses or damages.
PTT Group has set the target to reduce the amount of hazardous waste-to-landfill to zero, by 2020. In 2015, PTT Group reduced the amount of waste to landfill by opting for less impactful disposal methods and through initiation of the PTT Group Waste Pooling Project. The Project aims to collect a database of information on industrial waste from internal production processes for each company, and so far has been able to choose the types of hazardous wastes for inclusion in the database for further action.
PTT has initiatives in place to enhance the efficiency of energy consumption in operations in alignment with the Green Roadmap, under the PTT Group Energy Efficiency Plan. PTT is committed to developing a streamlined energy management system across the Group, which will enable accurate analysis of available data, target-setting, and application of energy efficiency improvement plans.
The EE Plan not only leads to the reduction of environmental impacts from GHG emissions, but also reduces the cost of production. PTT has set a target to reduce energy intensity by 1.9% annually until 2017 based on a business as usual (BAU) scenario in 2011. A 2020 Strategic Target is currently under formulation. A commitment to reaching this target has led to various energy efficiency improvement projects, such as energy efficiency activities aimed at
reducing electricity consumption in operational areas and office buildings.
PTT has set a 2020 target to reduce water consumption in high risk areas and limit the increase of water consumption in operations with high consumption. A water management strategic plan based on the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and the 2Rs (Reserve, Re-visualize) principles and an effluent management plan have been implemented to drive cooperation and best practice sharing initiative across the PTT Group. Moreover, monitoring and support of the government and a private party’s water management programs have been implemented within the area of Rayong and Chonburi provinces.
The strategic objectives serve as a framework for identifying targets for the business unit, division, and PTT Group companies. The processes include regular monitoring, assessment, and performance assessment against the target for each level. Moreover, important environmental issues are evaluated as part of the corporate risk profile or as business risk such as climate change and water risk management and will be managed in accordance with the risk management process.
PTT’s approach to its proactive water management framework was developed through cooperation with the public sector, business units, and PTT Group companies, covering issues of water resources, water usage and water efficiency, and wastewater management. Initial water risk assessments are conducted for all of PTT and PTT Group’s operational areas to determine clear strategies and overall action plans for water management across PTT Group.
PTT has set a 2020 target to reduce water consumption in high-risk areas and limit the increase in volume of water consumption in operations with high water consumption. A water resources management strategic plan based on the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and the 2Rs (Reserve, Re-visualize) principles, and an effluent management plan have been implemented to drive cooperation and best practices sharing across PTT Group. Moreover, monitoring and support of the
government and private sector’s water management programs have been implemented in Rayong and Chonburi provinces; regular systematic monitoring, assessment, and evaluation of PTT Group’s performance against targets are also conducted.
Water Risk Management
PTT conducts water risk assessments in all operational areas in order to prevent and reduce water-related impacts on society and the environment. The PTT Group Water Management Team (PTTWT) undertakes the responsibility to assess water risks and anticipate demand for water use in industrial estates within the Eastern region during the next 20 years. The risks are related to physical risk from climate change, regulatory risk from the adjustment of the water price
structure, and financial risks. A sensitivity analysis is conducted to manage water effectively without causing any negative impacts on the surrounding communities. Short-term and long-term risk management plans are in place to address risks in case of droughts.
PTT has applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in developing water mapping for use as a tool for water management planning in water stressed areas, in order to reduce the risk of water scarcity for production processes and impacts on local communities. In addition, the SSHE Performance Database and the Global Water Tool (GWT) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) are used to track the water consumption of operations controlled
Furthermore, the PTTWT monitors and reports information on the water situation in the Eastern area to the PTT Management Committee, the Risk Management and Internal Audit Committees, and PTT Exthin and outside the area, and to assure water security in response to the constantly increasing water demands in the area.