As a Group, environment stewardship is a key responsibility of our management which carries both financial and physical risks. This necessitates the Group to take appropriate measures to minimise the effects on the environment while being proactive to monitor our impacts.
In upholding our responsibility on the environment as natural capital, the Group ensures that operations are in compliant with environmental laws, voluntary and international best practices and standards. Our strategy is to identify waste and effluent from our factories, evaluate potential risk and take appropriate measures to control or ensure appropriate disposal is undertaken with minimum impacts on ecosystem. We observe environmental standards procedures within the Group to minimise our impacts on the ecosystem, biodiversity and climate.
WASTE AND EFFLUENT
Managing waste and its disposal is a critical function which requires appropriate attention to ensure disposal methods meet environmental laws, statutory and international best practices and standards. Our Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality (SHEQ) officers across our businesses, pay particular attention to appropriate disposal methods, monitor ongoing compliance with approved disposal methods and ensure that the methods are in line with our environmental stewardship values, statutory and international best practises and standards.
|Waste Type||Disposal Method||Unit||2017||2016|
|Solid Wastes||Landfill and Compost||Tons||1,030||1,897|
|Chicken manure||Grass pasture spread||Tons||6,075||6,543|
|Maturation (rich with Phosphate)||Pond Irrigation||Cubic ml||52,156||48,987|
|Sweepings and Bread Waste||Containerway disposal||Tons||561||118|
|Polyethylene Plastics||Sold for recycling||Tons||629||699|
The Group continues to ensure that most waste is disposed appropriately and in a responsible manner. Efforts will continue to be made to improve the measurement and reporting of data on this performance.
Energy, Water and Climate Change
Achieving energy efficient and sustainable water consumption remains a priority for the Group. As a light manufacturing group, energy and water are fundamental in our operations. The El Nino phenomena experienced in prior year affected a number of countries in the region, emphasizing the issue of water efficiency as a priority of the Group. The Group continues to recognize its role in responding to climate change.
The Group is committed to the principle of energy and water efficiency measures in its value chain. We recognise climate change mitigation within our business operations is fundamental. To this end, we have started measuring the impact of our fuel consumption on carbon emission for the first time in 2017. Our goal is to extend carbon emission monitoring across all business units.
The Group operates in the Southern Africa Region which has been facing energy supply challenges, therefore achieving energy efficiency and innovation remains a critical priority. To this end, the Group ensures that all new equipment installation in its manufacturing operations are energy efficient. We continue to explore potential clean energy sources through our capital investment projects. Our employees across our operations continue to be reminded to conserve energy. The table below shows the Group’s energy consumption accross our operations, during the reporting period.
Energy Consumption – Within the Organisation
|Fuel for Ovens||Litres||3,533,330||2,746,268|
Energy Consumption – Outside the Organisation
Water is a fundamental resource in our manufacturing process and operations, and is applied in our core processes as a cleaning agent, solvent, boiler steam, coolant and in product manufacturing. We are committed to responsible use of this resource along our entire value chain by ensuring that we constantly monitor the water we draw from the different sources and consumption thereof.
We aim to use water as sparingly as possible and avoid pollution of water sources. We require our business units to measure and report on water usage as part of the sustainable water management within the Group. In order to ensure accountability on water, we considered Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for reporting on our impact on water resources. Below is the distribution of the sources of water and quantifies withdrawn from each sources.
|Surface (from dams)||m³||262,833||138,671|
|Ground Water (Borehole)||m³||693,531||807,544|
|Municipal Water Supplies||m³||97,665||146,514|
We recognise that our operations contribute to climate change in some way. It is our responsibility that we respond to climate change protection and mitigation calls. We have taken the initiative to start monitoring and disclosing our carbon emission footprint from fuel consumption in our value chain. We have considered the Carbon Disclosure Project Standards (CDP) linked to Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) G4 guidelines. We converted our fuel and electricity consumption into carbon emission.
As a Group, we support climate protection by recognising that we have a part to play. Climate change impacts some of our businesses that heavily rely on water usage and on agricultural inputs. Our goal is to report our carbon footprint across the value chain of our business. Our calculation of carbon emission are based on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Aff airs (DEFRA) (United Kingdom) Emission Factors on fuel usage and Ecometrica Emission factor for Zimbabwe on electricity. Usages shown below are our initial carbon footprint measurements:
|Fuel (Petrol, Diesel and Coal)||kg CO2e/Litre||36,525,410||35,936,329|
We recognise that biodiversity is critical in sustainability of the ecological system. Two of our businesses operate farms which interact with biodiversity. The Group considers how best to manage the interaction between its operations and nature.