Annual Report and Accounts 2013

The Environment

We aim to minimise the environmental impact of our global operations – our goal is zero harm. We operate in a range of different environments around the world and we strive to reduce the environmental impact of our operations through rigorous planning and management. Our focus is on reducing our resource consumption, preventing pollution, conserving biodiversity and managing emissions to preserve the world we live and operate in.

Our performance in 2013

We report on all safety and environmental impacts over which we have operational control or if one of our subsidiaries has the authority to introduce and implement our operating policies at the business unit.

Energy consumption

Switching to energy efficient technologies and upgrading our processes are the backbone of our reduction strategy, whilst in-house energy assessments and environmental engagement programmes raise awareness of the impact we have on our environment and natural resources to change behaviour.

Our focus on emissions has achieved a 15% intensity reduction of KgCO2e/ModTEU (per Modified TEU)19 from our 2009 baseline and for 2013, we recorded a 4% decrease in energy consumption against 2012 figures in Mega Joules of Energy used per Total Terminal Move (MJ Energy/TTM).

19 KgCO2e/ModTEU (kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent per modified twenty-foot equivalent unit) is the sum total of both scope 1 and 2 emissions normalised against Modified TEU for business to business comparative measurement. An example for calculation is displayed below:

Scope 1 Emission

A reporting organisation’s direct emissions. Examples include: emissions from fuel burned onsite e.g. diesel, gas, petrol, LPG, oil, and refrigerants.

Scope 2 Emission

A reporting organisation’s indirect emissions. Examples include: emissions associated with the generation of electricity (grid), heating/cooling, or steam purchased for own consumption.

Water Conservation

The availability of fresh water is a growing global challenge, and operating in water scarce areas brings with it additional operational and commercial challenges. We have implemented a fresh water monitoring and reporting system to capture data across our portfolio which will enable us to implement appropriate fresh water conservation techniques globally to preserve our environment. Our team at Jebel Ali (UAE) have already taken steps to reduce fresh water consumption through irrigation initiatives that have resulted in the annual water saving of almost 64 million litres and the installation of water recycling plants, saving approximately 75% of water consumption by the technical department workshop.

Waste Management

In 2013, we launched numerous waste reduction competitions to reduce waste generated at our terminals. These included waste avoidance and minimisation, reusing, recycling, and the recovery and treatment of waste to generate energy. Some business units are now currently adopting waste reduction options such as reducing paper consumption through the use of electronic processes and communications which will have an impact across the supply chain. Others are reviewing their entire operations to identify and implement as many opportunities for reducing waste as possible.

Case study

Wastewater Treatment Facility at Asian Terminals Inc (ATI) (Philippines)

As part of our global initiative to implement fresh water conservation techniques and reduce waste at our terminals, ATI, the sole container terminal and multi-cargo port operator of the Manila South Harbor (Philippines) constructed and installed a wastewater treatment facility. The project was initiated by ATI’s Energy Conservation Committee. The wastewater treatment project is an onsite treatment of wastewater generated from the cleaning of equipment, which consists of an activated sludge process that serves as treatment of effluent from the existing oil and water separator. Treated water is then reused for cleaning of heavy equipment hence no water consumption and no discharge of wastewater. This project saved 40,000 litres during 2013, and should continue to achieve similar savings in the future.

Case study

Jebel Ali re-uses materials

The Jebel Ali Terminal 3 (T3) development required a large area to be levelled, ready for construction of the new yard area and upgraded quay.

This involved dismantling six warehouses, removing 1.1km of interlock tiles and clearing other material such as bollards and marine fenders.

In collaboration with the various stakeholders, we were able to recycle and reuse a significant amount of the cleared material, drastically reducing any impact on the local environment. For example, approximately 75% of the interlock tiles and 50% of any fill material (such as crushed concrete, sand, soil etc) will be reused for the T3 development.

Most impressive of all, was that of the six warehouses that were dismantled, 100% of the material was salvaged and used in the construction of a new passenger terminal at DP World’s Mina Rashid Cruise Terminal in Dubai.

Case study

Energy Reduction project

DP World has engaged in an energy reduction project and campaign as a complimentary approach to our CO2e emission reductions, and to promote all round energy efficiency in our terminals. Energy efficiency not only minimises our environmental impact but also that of the global supply chain of which we are a key component.

The project is led by a dedicated energy management team and supported by highly skilled environmental and operational specialists. The initial phase saw business units across our portfolio identify and commit to shared best practice initiatives in order to kick start savings with proven opportunities. The delivery portion of this component will run until 2015 as identified projects are incrementally implemented. The picture above is an example from the electrification project being carried out at the Jebel Ali Container Terminal 1 (UAE). The project involves converting diesel powered rubber tyred gantry cranes to electrical supply, which dramatically reduces energy consumption and the environmental impact of our operations.

The second phase involves a three-year programme of energy assessments performed across all our business units. In 2013, assessments were successfully completed in approximately one third of our business units providing each with targeted and prioritised energy reduction opportunities.

We also held a global energy conference in March 2013. The conference was specifically aimed at empowering regional representatives and focusing on effective communication of alternative fuel and emerging energy saving initiatives. This conference included key note speakers and presentations from leading internal and external industry experts.

In addition to these activities we have increased our positive engagement with industry suppliers. We will continue to work with our suppliers to identify and develop the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies and then bring this technology from concept to working reality.