Downer believes in the pursuit of environmental sustainability excellence, enhancing liveability for all communities in which we influence.
Our purpose is to create and sustain the modern environment by building trusted relationships with our customers. We help our customers succeed by developing and delivering environmentally responsible and sustainable solutions so our business is fit for the future.
Our ability to manage the impacts of our activities on the environment and communities in which we operate is fundamental to our long-term success. Downer remains focused on developing solutions to reduce our energy consumption and GHG emissions, while at the same time increasing our cost competitiveness.
Downer is committed to transitioning to a low carbon economy and focusing our attention on managing the risks associated with environmental management and in particular, climate change, we are also taking advantage of the commercial opportunities this presents for our business.
Our environmental commitments are outlined in Downer’s Environmental Sustainability Policy.
Each division is required to have an Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP) and strategies in place supported by suitably qualified environment and sustainability professionals. The ESAP allocates internal responsibilities for reducing the impact of its operations and business activities on the environment.
The international environmental standard ISO 14001:2015, is used as a benchmark for assessing, improving and maintaining the environmental integrity of its business management systems. The company’s divisions also adhere to environmental management requirements established by customers, in addition to all applicable licence and regulatory requirements.
Our 10 Environmental Principles were created as an important central awareness and engagement tool, providing practical messages to assist our frontline workers to achieve environmental compliance across waste, water, air emissions, hazardous waste and substance, flora and fauna, heritage and environmental incidents. They provide us with the necessary understanding and tools to ensure we conduct our operations and activities in a manner that is environmentally responsible and sustainable.
These principles are critical to ensuring our employees and broader stakeholder groups are engaged and aware of our environmentally sustainable commitments.
We encourage our employees to participate in industry networking events, influencing the adoption of more sustainable practices for example, Sustainable Business Council, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia, Australian Constructors Association, Sustainability Working Group, Minerals Council of Australia, Sustainability Working Group, Civil Construction Federation, Supply Chain Sustainability School and Responsible Construction Leadership Group.