Site blog: AbsorbM2
For me one of the biggest challenges in environmental management is trying to have people within the organisation "get on board".
Currently our environmental team sits withiN the Health & Safety team. Safety is the priority for obvious reasons, but at times it feels like environment is the "poor cousin" to safety
The Ichthys LNG construction project is a multi national funded project predominantly through Japanese based companies. The largest stake holder is the INPEX a Japanese owned corporation.
As with all Japanese traditions maintaining face and being seen to be doing the right thing has a major impact on activities. If there were to be an incident on the project the detriment to company image would be there high. The Japanese take great pride in their work ethics and efforts.
INPEX has a 40 year plan for the gas reserves in the Ichthys Gas Development Area north of Broome off the Western Australia coast. The loss of reputation and Japanese pride would ne far more costly than share price dive. The Northern Territory community would not forget if a spill resulted in the Harbour or many esturies surrounding the site.
Ensuring an effective EMS is continually improved and is efficient for practices is about educating others around on the benefits to 'whole of business' approach. Not many people outside of the environmental profession are schooled nor wish to know about EMS. This is a challenge as it encompasses all good business practices.