Planning Green

At Renaissance, we see our obligation to environmental stewardship as an opportunity to improve our efficiency and provide better service to our clients, governments and communities. In this section, we highlight our progress in reducing our environmental impact through awareness programs and innovation.


Managing our environmental impact

While our operations may not have the same impact as our clients on the environment, we see environmental management as an opportunity to increase our efficiency and proactively manage long-term risks. Waste management, chemical spills and energy efficiency represent material environmental impacts for us. At Renaissance we are comprehensively mapping all our environmental aspects and impacts related to each of our service offerings according to ISO 14001 requirements. Development of an ISO14001 Environmental Management System is underway and will be rolled out in 2016. Tracking and monitoring of our progress will be further standardized at all sites our Environmental Management System.

 

Topaz and all its regional units are ISO 14001 certified and we have upgraded our monitoring systems to enable tracking of QHSSE performance online across all vessels and offices.

Our environmental, health and social performance is tracked on a continuous basis, and the results are discussed with our CEO on a monthly basis. Our performance is also reviewed during internal and external audits.

While our QHSE leaders ensure training and awareness on environmental management, each employee has a responsibility to use the correct techniques and tools to mitigate their environmental impact while at work.

Waste management


Renaissance employees are trained in our hazardous and non-hazardous waste management policies. Soil contamination from hazardous waste can damage ecosystems for generations, so we are vigilant about validating our performance by checking waste consignment notes.

We strive to minimize waste at the source and look towards diverting remaining waste from landfill sites through reuse and recycling.

As a company that serves over 50 million meals per year, the handling of food waste is a big issue, both in terms of cost to the company and our carbon output. We have a food waste awareness campaign in place at Renaissance villages and a future composting project will further reduce our waste. We strive to minimize waste at the source and in future look towards diverting waste from landfill sites through reuse and recycling. Renaissance employees are trained in our hazardous and non-hazardous waste management policies.

Contamination from hazardous waste can damage ecosystems for generations, so we are vigilant about validating our performance by checking waste consignment notes following disposal.

Food waste at Renaissance Villages accommodation solutions

2013

2014

2015

Food waste (kg)

74,426

69,745

64,610

Food waste (tonnes)

74

70

65

Mandays (thousand)

241

249

244

Food waste per person per day (g)

308

280

265

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We have successfully exceeded our food waste target at some of our Renaissance Villages, but are pushing for further reductions which will reduce our carbon footprint by. Food is one of our main resources and optimizing its use will help us reduce waste and costs.

We have identified technology that will enable us to start composting our waste and will be conducting a pilot project in 2016.

At Topaz, our vessels follow a waste segregation, disposal and tracking process in compliance with MARPOL and ISO 14001 requirements. Our goal is to ensure zero environmental incidents and careful waste management helps us to avoid causing harm to the marine environment.

 

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Energy and emissions profile


In line with international efforts to reduce global emissions culminating in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, Renaissance is proactively seeking ways to increase our efficiency, diversifying our energy consumption and reduce our overall emissions footprint.


Our energy consumption

Although our operations may not be as energy intensive as those of our clients, we contribute towards Oman's commitment to reduce greenhouse gasses by 2% by 2020, by continuously seeking improvements to reduce our footprint.

Our waste composting project may reduce our overall emissions by around 45%. Our current emissions profile is mapped below.

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Spill management


Topaz's robust QHSE policy is designed to encourage environmental stewardship and protection of the marine ecosystem where we operate. Each of our vessels has a specific oil/material pollution emergency plan to minimize the risk and impact of potential spills.

Unfortunately, Topaz did not realize its "Zero Spills" target in 2015, however we remain committed to this goal and will continue to strive towards truly spill-free operations in all regions. The root-cause of a 3m3 oil-based mud spill at our Nigerian operations was a result of the failure of a coupling in the cargo hoses, due to installation of incompatible coupling types. We have implemented the following measures to avoid reoccurrence of similar incidents:

  • Reviewed and augmented risk assessments for the loading and offloading of Bulk Cargoes
  • Issued company-wide safety flash to share lessons learned from the incident
  • Our Technical department conducted inspections of similar connections to ensure correct compatibility
  • We amended our Safety Management System to ensure Bulk Transfer Checklist contains additional pre-operation checks related to coupling compatibility and inspections for damages/potential failures

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