Environmental management is an important component of Downer’s Zero Harm philosophy. Downer is committed to managing the environment in a responsible manner and to mitigating the impact of our activities on the natural and built environment. We are committed to meeting and exceeding our environmental compliance obligations.
Downer is also conscious of our social licence to operate – and we respond to this by improving the sustainability of our operations, aiming to achieve Zero Harm to our people, minimise harm to the environment, avoiding legal liability and always striving to positively impact Downer’s reputation, business value and ultimately shareholder wealth.
Downer’s Urban Services focus delivers many environmental and social benefits, including a move to lower capital intensive and lower carbon activities, which supports Downer’s climate change resilience and decarbonisation pathway, as detailed in the Our Performance section.
Our environment and sustainability commitments are outlined in our Environmental Sustainability Policy and our Zero Harm Management Framework. Our 10 Environmental Principles are critical to ensuring our employees and broader stakeholder groups are engaged and aware of our environmental sustainability commitments.
Downer’s environmental management system (accredited to AS/NZ ISO 14001:2015) is integrated into our Group-wide management system, The Downer Standard, which ensures a consistent approach to identifying and controlling environmental hazards and risks, and monitoring our environmental performance across the entire organisation. In addition, the environment management system is audited, both internally and externally by independent third parties.
The effective management of our environmental aspects and impacts is fundamental to Downer's approach to the delivery of our services. We place significant emphasis on ensuring effective controls are implemented through our Critical Risk program and continuous improvement through lessons learned to sustain the natural environment for future generations.Read more
Downer committed to achieving the following environmental targets and objectives in FY21.
The performance information in this section includes Downer, its contractors and joint ventures in the following business lines: Australian Operations, Spotless and New Zealand including Hawkins. Joint ventures have been included for environmental energy and GHG emissions performance data where Downer is deemed to have operational control, as defined by the National Greenhouse Energy Reporting Act 2007. Further information on joint ventures is detailed in Downer’s 2021 Annual Report.
To achieve the targets and objectives in the table above, in Downer’s FY20 Sustainability Report we outlined the following key focus areas for FY21:
Downer’s environmental sustainability performance is measured against the key areas of risk management, compliance, minimising environmental impact and maximising resource efficiency opportunities in our own and our customers’ businesses.
Our future focus
Downer will continue to focus on driving improvements in our environmental and sustainability performance and risk management while further embedding sustainability within our business.
To achieve this goal, and the Environment targets, in FY22 Downer will:
- Continue to focus on our Urban Services strategy by providing services that promote a sustainable future and transition to a low-carbon economy, including renewable energy, facilities management, water treatment, telecommunications, sustainable transport, biosolids gasification and resource recovery
- Achieve our Science-Based Aligned Targets of 511 ktCO2-e, and 41.48 tCO2-e/AUD$m revenue
- Aim to validate our Science-Based Aligned Targets with the Science-Based Target Initiative. As part of this, Downer will add a commitment in relation to its Scope 3 emissions portfolio, subject to validation and confirmation from the SBTi
- Refresh our climate-related financial risks and opportunities, in line with changes in the company since our 2018 assessment. This will present an updated picture of risks and opportunities that stem from Downer’s Urban Services strategy
- Undertake a climate-related financial impact assessment of Downer’s fleet (light and heavy), fixed assets, asphalt plants and physical climate impacts
- Increase our ESG ratings scores, namely CDP – B+ and S&P CSA (DJSI) – Gold Class
- Increase percentage of recycled content in asphalt (from 15.7 per cent to 17 per cent)
- Roll out initiatives that will help increase the percentage of electricity derived from renewable sources to 10 per cent by FY25 for sites within Downer’s operational control
- Continue to pilot EVs and commit to at least three more pilot trials of EVs
- Establish waste-to-landfill reduction and water reduction targets and identify initiatives to assist in achieving these targets
- Continue to take a whole-of-life approach when considering initiatives and specifying materials. Apply lifecycle assessment to our road pavement products (i.e. the development of an Environmental Product Declaration for Downer’s recycled asphalt products)
- Increase our supplier engagement around decarbonisation by FY23, through an increased response rate to our CDP supply chain survey, which forms an important part of our Scope 3 emissions portfolio.