CSR’s energy efficient building products and systems have the potential to reduce heating and cooling requirements of homes and buildings to reduce energy demand with the consequential reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Increasingly, CSR produces these products from recycled materials which reduces the demand for raw materials and lowers emissions and pollution during manufacturing.
Through its Sugar business, CSR is contributing to sustainability by developing renewable energy (electricity and fuel) from waste sugar cane and producing fertilisers which are re-applied to cane fields.
CSR is the second largest producer of renewable fuel ethanol in Australia which is made from molasses, a by-product of sugar production which is not a food staple. CSR now supplies over 250 petrol stations in Australia and has commenced a project to almost double our production of fuel ethanol to 60 million litres per year.
CSR is Australia’s largest renewable energy producer from biomass. We currently generate enough renewable electricity, which, together with a small amount of external fuel, is sufficient to operate each of our seven sugar mills in North Queensland. We have two mills where a significant surplus is produced.
That surplus, which is approximately 300 Gigawatt hours (GWh) per annum is exported into the National electricity grid and is enough to power approximately 80,000 homes.
Safety, Health & Environment
Safety, Health & Environment (SH&E) is paramount at CSR. Our goal is zero injuries, as is minimising the impact of our activities on the environment and the communities in which we operate. During the past year we:
- upgraded the charter of our SH&E Committee of the CSR Board to ensure the environment is integral to our sustainability policies and co-ordinate response to climate change issues
- standardised CSR’s SH&E responsibilities and accountabilities across the company for all job positions to ensure a consistent standard of SH&E across the company
- continued to roll out our SH&E Accreditation System across CSR, with all manufacturing sites achieving bronze accreditation
- Recorded a total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) of 19.8 recordable injuries per one million hours worked
- Recorded 52.9 days lost per million work hours. CSR’s severity rate of injuries has decreased by 61.9% since 2004
Water, Waste and Energy Use
Each of CSR’s businesses has specific environmental performance measures for water and energy consumption and waste production. Each business also has plans in place for continuous improvement on these measures. During the year:
- CSR’s Building Products* division consumed 1,041,197 kilolitres of potable water; the Sugar division consumed 6,095,761 kilolitres of potable water and extracted surface or ground water
- A total of 59,062 tonnes of solid waste was produced within Building Products* division and 18,299 tonnes of solid waste was produced by the Sugar division
- For the period 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008, greenhouse gas emissions from CSR’s majority owned businesses were 1,389,819 tonnes of CO2-e. The scope 1 (direct) tonnes of CO2-e in Australia was 713,378 tonnes; the scope 1 (direct) outside Australia was 148,740 tonnes
- The scope 2 (indirect) tonnes of CO2-e emitted in Australia was 467,454 tonnes. The scope 2 (indirect) outside Australia was 60,247 tonnes
- CSR Sugar generated sufficient renewable electricity for the creation of 281,214 Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), or 5% of Australia’s Mandatory Renewable Energy Target. This is equivalent to taking 60,000 cars off the road, or enough renewable electricity to supply approximately 24,000 homes with power for a year
CSR provides a safe, rewarding and challenging environment for our employees to help them reach their potential.
- CSR continues to align employees’ interests with those of shareholders – during the year 2,560 employees took part in the CSR employee share ownership plan – with 54% of CSR employees currently owning CSR shares
- We continued to develop our people – 4,649 employees completed 99,567 hours of training in both in-house and CSR sponsored external programs.
CSR continued to contribute to the community through its Workplace Giving program, under which CSR matches employee contributions dollar for dollar. During the year $208,584 was donated through Workplace Giving and over the past four and a half years of operating, over $1 million has been donated to community organisations.