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.
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 by 2020
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.
In 2016, PTT Group aims to increase water efficiency in operational and office areas as follows:
- Increase water efficiency in the operating areas by 12 percentage by 2030 compared to 2013(the volume limited at 0.344 million m3 per MMBOE
- Increase water efficiency in the office areas by 10 percentage by 2030 compared to 2016 (the volume will not exceed 100 liter per person per day)
PTT has developed a system to monitor and manage environmental, occupational, safety and quality laws. The system covering laws database and QSHE procedures can be accessed by all PTT relevant departments to view. Thereby complying with local laws to minimize chance of violation PTT manager and officer can immediately design the operational plans in accordance with existing and updated laws.
PTT firmly commits to reduce emissions that can impact the environment by controlling level of air emissions, such as SO2, NOx and VOCs; PTT 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 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 of equipment to minimize VOCs leakages. PTT has 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 modification reduces 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 a target to reduce the amount of hazardous waste-to-landfill to zero, by 2020. In 2016, PTT Group reduced the amount of waste to landfill by opting for less impactful disposal methods, i.e. waste to energy, RDF, alternative fuel in cement kiln, etc., and through initiation of the PTT Group Waste Pooling Project. The Project aims to establish a database for industrial waste information from internal production processes for each company. So far the project has established 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 develop 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 Energy Efficiency 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 by 2017 based on a business as usual (BAU) scenario in 2011. A 2020 Strategic Target is currently under formulation. A commitment to reach 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’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 by PTT.
Furthermore, 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 Executives and PTT Group companies on a quarterly basis, or upon situations of water crisis emergencies.
Water Management in the Eastern Area
Given that PTT’s main operational areas are located in the Eastern area (Chonburi and Rayong Provinces), which are high-risk areas for water and which suffered from drought events in 2005, PTT established the PTT Group Water Management Team. The PTTWT, consisting of experts in water management and the public utility systems of PTT Group, has the role to monitor, assess and report the water situation in the East to the PTT Group Water Energy for Sustainability Committee, and to share knowledge on water use amongst PTT Group companies.
PTTWT has been engaged with the Water Management Team of the Eastern area, Rayong Province, consisting of the government sector, a water management and development company (East Water) and representatives from the private sector to monitor, assess, and analyze the water situation as well as to define the appropriate measures to immediately reduce the risk of impacts. Water levels of the main water reservoirs are monitored; and measures are defined in order to manage water levels prior to and during droughts, including sustainable water management measures. The PTTWT also seeks alternative water sources to increase the amount of water reserves available for industrial production use, including by building new water reserves and setting up a desalination unit to maintain PTT Group’s production security, reduce impacts from water shortage or drought, and ensuring water resources abundance for surrounding communities.
Aside from managing water for companies within PTT Group, PTT has also set up a working group and a coordination center for water management to integrate sustainable water management and development efforts. The working group is comprised of government and private sector bodies, e.g. representatives from the Royal Irrigation Department and industries in Rayong and Chonburi Provinces, which include companies within PTT Group. The working group’s primary task is to manage water effectively in these two industrial provinces by taking into consideration the water needs of all parties, including the industry and agricultural sectors and the local communities. The committee is also entrusted with searching for potential water resources within and outside the area, and to assure water security in response to the constantly increasing water demands in the area.