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Environmental Sustainability Policy

Introduction 

Pakuranga Engineering Limited values the important role sustainability plays in enabling us to operate in a way that meets our present needs without compromising the fabric of the social community, the economy or the natural environment, so that future generations continue to benefit. 

Pakuranga Engineering acknowledges that our vision and values require a healthy natural environment and a well-constructed built environment. 

Purpose 

The purpose of this policy is to provide a vision and a set of principles to guide our actions to support sustainability and improve our environmental performance. 

In the context of this policy, sustainability refers to environmental sustainability. 

Principles 

In all activities, Pakuranga Engineering will seek to; 

  • Minimise harm – Minimising harm to people, the community and the environment. Manage and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Maximise efficiency – Reducing waste through efficient purchasing and processes, including wasted resources (materials, energy, and water), time and money. 
  • Communicate and educate – Communicate internally and externally on sustainability activities and approaches. Provide information and training to staff on sustainability. 
  • Assess, measure and evaluate – Continually track, measure and report activities. By measuring our activities, they can be effectively managed and reviewed. 
  • Improving equity – Improving equity in health outcomes is a strong focus of Pakuranga Engineering and must be considered in any actions taken regarding sustainability. 
  • Follow laws and regulations – Ensuring compliance with, and exceeding where practicable, environment and government laws, regulations and codes of practice. 
  • Apply a whole-of-life view – Having a focus on total cost of ownership view on buildings, products and services procured by or for Pakuranga Engineering. 
  • Reduce consumption and packaging – Minimising waste by considering the waste hierarchy before disposal and reducing the consumption of raw materials, disposable single-use products and redundant packaging. Reuse and refurbish whenever possible rather than replace. 
  • Consider production cycle of goods – Purchasing goods and services that are manufactured, used and disposed of in an environmentally responsible way. Support the use of local and regional materials. 
  • Lead by example/role modelling – Demonstrate leadership, establish environmental health and sustainability as key priorities and best practice throughout the organisation, sector and within the wider community. Advocate for policy and public funding that supports environmental sustainability. 
  • Collaborate and build partnerships – Work with other businesses build networks with external organisations and groups. 
  • Trial new technologies – Trial and integrate new technologies into projects whenever practical. 
  • Take action – Develop robust business cases, projects and programmes to achieve sustainability outcomes. 

Scope 

This policy applies to all Pakuranga Engineering staff, external companies working on behalf or for Pakuranga Engineering including contractors and sub-contractors in all locations. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

All Pakuranga Engineering staff and external company’s working on behalf or for Pakuranga Engineering are responsible for implementation and compliance with the policy and sustainability plan. 

Policy 

Pakuranga Engineering affirms that a healthy environment is a key foundation for the health and wellbeing of people, and thus environmental sustainability is core to health. We aim to live within our means, and limit the use of natural resources in order to improve the environment whilst ensuring the goals of Pakuranga Engineering are achieved. Pakuranga 

Engineering will foster a culture of environmental sustainability and encourage leadership in sustainability throughout the organisation. 

Initial Areas of Focus 

Pakuranga Engineering intends to implement a strong response to climate change. We are committed to: 

  • Driving a culture of continuous environmental improvement with a focus on reducing the use of plastics in both packaging and product. 
  • Commit to actively considering the use of alternative energy sources and low emissions technology, as they become economically viable. 
  • Understanding and managing our environmental risks with the goal of minimising or eliminating those risks. 
  • Ensuring the environment is considered in our investment, sourcing, and procurement as well as the products and services we offer. 
  • Actively working to develop a culture of sustainable environmental management by: developing the awareness and involvement of our employees; implementing programs for environmental management to minimise pollution, manage waste streams, recycle and address relevant biodiversity issues. 
  • Engaging with our customers, employees, and shareholders on environmental issues to develop improved environmental and sustainable practices. 
  • Complying with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements. 

Pakuranga Engineering has selected five areas of focus based on their potential financial, equity, efficiency, social and environmental impacts. The intent is to increase resilience and implement both mitigation and adaptation strategies underpinned by cost benefit analysis and co-benefits and financial savings. The following sections outline the policies for each of these areas. It should be noted that these areas of focus are overlapping and should not be viewed or actioned in isolation. 

1. Energy and Carbon Management 

Pakuranga Engineering will prioritise energy efficiency from the outset to manage ongoing energy costs and environmental impact. Unnecessary utilisation and waste will be managed and limited in order to reduce pollution and carbon emissions. Pakuranga Engineering will use or procure renewable energy whenever feasible. Ongoing operational costs will be considered alongside initial capital expenditure with a primary focus on total cost of ownership (whole-of-life view). 

2. Sustainable Waste Management 

Pakuranga Engineering seeks to minimise waste generated and therefore costs and environmental impacts. Waste management procedures will seek to improve efficiency, reduce waste, increase reuse and recycling, provide safe and appropriate management of waste for disposal and will not compromise the safety of any person or have an adverse effect on the environment. 

3. Sustainable Water Management 

Pakuranga Engineering will implement water conservation strategies whenever possible including technologically proven devices in all new buildings and refurbishments. Water consumption will be considered in the purchase of new equipment by evaluating water efficiency labelling against other factors. 

4. Sustainable and Efficient Buildings 

Green building principles have the potential to reduce operation and maintenance costs and reduce the environmental impact of the Pakuranga Engineering. Pakuranga Engineering will strive to increase efficiency, cost effectiveness, flexibility and adaptability, and optimise its buildings potential. 

5. Sustainable Transportation and Travel Management 

Pakuranga Engineering seeks to significantly reduce the carbon emissions of commuting, and avoidable business travel. Pakuranga Engineering aims to reduce its emission profile of travel by promoting and supporting the use of alternative modes, carpooling and active transport and requiring the purchase or lease of electric or hybrid vehicles when financially viable. 

Outcomes 

Sustainability will be embedded by all Pakuranga Engineering staff into their daily activities. All Pakuranga Engineering staff will have a clear and shared understanding about what it means and how they can apply it to their daily tasks. 

We will learn more about sustainability and will apply some of the best available sustainable technologies. We will use realistic performance indicators to measure and report on our progress with sustainability. 

Measurement Criteria 

All Pakuranga Engineering staff will strive to measure, track and report environmentally sustainable activities, strategies, initiatives, programmes and projects. 

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