GRI Compliance / Environmental

Water and Effluents 2018

For Management Response click here.

For Reporting Boundaries and Methodologies click here.

REFStatusDisclosureOur Response

GRI 303-01

Partial Disclosure

Interactions with water as a shared resource

  1. A description of how the organization interacts with water, including how and where water is withdrawn, consumed, and discharged, and the water-related impacts caused or contributed to, or directly linked to the organization’s activities, products or services by a business relationship (e.g., impacts caused by runoff).
  2. A description of the approach used to identify water-related impacts, including the scope of assessments, their timeframe, and any tools or methodologies used.
  3. A description of how water-related impacts are addressed, including how the organization works with stakeholders to steward water as a shared resource, and how it engages with suppliers or customers with significant water-related impacts.
  4. An explanation of the process for setting any water-related goals and targets that are part of the organization’s management approach, and how they relate to public policy and the local context of each area with water stress.

Interactions with water are managed at a local level within our Environmental Management Systems.

For details on water withdrawn, consumed, and discharged, across the reporting period, click here.

GRI 303-02

Partial Disclosure

Management of water discharge-related impacts

  1. A description of any minimum standards set for the quality of effluent discharge, and how these minimum standards were determined, including:
    1. how standards for facilities operating in locations with no local discharge requirements were determined;
    2. any internally developed water quality standards or guidelines;
    3. any sector-specific standards considered;
    4. whether the profile of the receiving waterbody was considered.

Minimum standards set for the quality of effluent discharge vary dependent on the discharge.

Babcock International operate within various discharge licences with different requirements. Where it is not a standard rules permit a MCERT level test is required.

Though each permit is different there are some common themes e.g. temperature, Chemical Oxygen Demand, Biological Oxygen Demand and suspended solids plus pH. Other permits will require MCERT testing on specifics, for example heavy metals or radionuclides.

Babcock Rosyth has a Controlled Activities Licence, water is tested from a number of outfall points across the site. This testing is undertaken every three months and sent to SEPA annually. Furthermore, sample testing of the water in the Non-Tidal Basin is undertaken on a monthly basis as an additional control measure.

GRI 303-03

Partial Disclosure

Water withdrawal

  1. Total water withdrawal from all areas in megaliters, and a breakdown of this total by the following sources, if applicable:
    1. Surface water;
    2. Groundwater;
    3. Seawater;
    4. Produced water;
    5. Third-party water.
  2. Total water withdrawal from all areas with water stress in megaliters, and a breakdown of this total by the following sources, if applicable:
    1. Surface water;
    2. Groundwater;
    3. Seawater;
    4. Produced water;
    5. Third-party water, and a breakdown of this total by the withdrawal sources listed in i-iv.
  3. A breakdown of total water withdrawal from each of the sources listed in Disclosures 303-3-a and 303-3-b in megaliters by the following categories:
    1. Freshwater (≤1,000 mg/L Total Dissolved Solids);
    2. Other water (>1,000 mg/L Total Dissolved Solids).
  4. Any contextual information necessary to understand how the data have been compiled, such as any standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

For details on water withdrawn, consumed, and discharged, across the reporting period, click here.

Data was collected from sites where Babcock International Group plc have operational control.

The reporting period is the calendar year (01 January to 31 December), this is opposed to financial year as we have previously reported. The transition to calendar year reporting has allowed more time to collate, analyse and report our environmental data, which has improved the accuracy and completeness of our data sets.

GRI 303-04

Partial Disclosure

Water discharge

  1. Total water discharge to all areas in megaliters, and a breakdown of this total by the following types of destination, if applicable:
    1. Surface water;
    2. Groundwater;
    3. Seawater;
    4. Third-party water, and the volume of this total sent for use to other organizations, if applicable.
  2. A breakdown of total water discharge to all areas in megaliters by the following categories:
    1. Freshwater (≤1,000 mg/L Total Dissolved Solids);
    2. Other water (>1,000 mg/L Total Dissolved Solids).
  3. Total water discharge to all areas with water stress in megaliters, and a breakdown of this total by the following categories:
    1. Freshwater (≤1,000 mg/L Total Dissolved Solids);
    2. Other water (>1,000 mg/L Total Dissolved Solids).
  4. Priority substances of concern for which discharges are treated, including:
    1. how priority substances of concern were defined, and any international standard, authoritative list, or criteria used;
    2. the approach for setting discharge limits for priority substances of concern;
    3. number of incidents of non-compliance with discharge limits.
  5. Any contextual information necessary to understand how the data have been compiled, such as any standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

Refer to table shown in GRI 303-03.

GRI 303-05

Partial Disclosure

Water consumption

  1. Total water consumption from all areas in megaliters.
  2. Total water consumption from all areas with water stress in megaliters.
  3. Change in water storage in megaliters, if water storage has been identified as having a significant water-related impact.
  4. Any contextual information necessary to understand how the data have been compiled, such as any standards, methodologies, and assumptions used, including whether the information is calculated, estimated, modeled, or sourced from direct measurements, and the approach taken for this, such as the use of any sector-specific factors.

Refer to table shown in GRI 303-03.