Resource scarcity

Aside from forestry products, the resources of highest significance to Asaleo Care’s manufacturing operations are air quality, energy and water.  The Company recognises the need to manage its use of these resources in a responsible manner for company owned sites, or sites under our operational control.  Resource utilisation, emissions and waste are monitored and managed at a site level and centrally reported.

 In 2015, we reported our energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions to air, fresh water use and discharges to water for all Company owned and operated sites for the first time.  We will set efficiency and performance targets in 2016 and report against them in future years.

We limit greenhouse gas emissions through the use of renewable energy and efficiency activities. In 2015, more than 13% of Asaleo Care’s total energy consumption came from the direct use of geothermal steam, a renewable energy source, at Kawerau.

Our manufacturing and operational sites located in New Zealand take advantage of the country’s low-emissions electricity generation network.  In 2015, 80.0 %[1] of the country’s electricity was generated from renewable energy sources. Consequently, Asaleo Care’s purchase of electricity generated from renewable energy sources within New Zealand represents more than 8% of the Company’s total energy consumption.

We employ strict policies and procedures to reduce the risk of water contamination from our sites.

 

Unit

2015 Total

Energy Consumption

 

 

Geothermal steam

GJ

270,258

Fossil fuels[2]: natural gas, diesel, gasoline, LPG

GJ

1,034,930

Electricity

GJ

706,521

Total Energy Consumption

GJ

2,011,709

Energy from direct use of geothermal steam

% of total

13.4

Energy from New Zealand electricity purchases

% of total

10.7

GHG Emissions to Air[3]

 

 

Scope 1 (direct) GHG emissions (CO2-e)

tonne

54,007

Scope 2 (indirect) GHG emissions (CO2-e)

tonne

172,844

Total Scope 1 + 2 GHG emissions(CO2-e)

tonne

226,851

Fresh Water Usage[4]

 

 

Municipal supply

m3

1,150,118

% of total

45.0

Surface water

m3

1,403,133.00

% of total

55.0

Total fresh water usage

m3

2,553,251

Discharge to Water[5]

 

 

Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)

tonne

130



[1] New Zealand Energy Quarterly, January – September 2015 (MBIE: www.med.govt.nz)

[2] Direct fuel combustion from stationary and transport energy purposes. Excludes third-party logistics transport activities.

[3] Global Warming Potentials used for this report are sourced from the Australian National Greenhouse Accounts (NGA) Factors ( August 2015), New Zealand Guidance for Voluntary Corporate Greenhouse Gas Reporting (August 2015), New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (effective from the 2013 reporting year) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (2007).  All documents are in alignment.                        

[4] Fresh water usage is reported for manufacturing sites only (i.e. Kawerau, Te Rapa, Box Hill, Springvale and Nakasi).

[5] BOD is reported for Asaleo Care’s Paper Mills only (i.e. Kawerau and Box Hill sites).