The prevention of new emissions is not only important, but also practical because it represents the most sensible use of our time and available resources. Preventing new emissions could minimise the need to decrease or sequester emissions. The most effective prevention method is to ensure that future decisions on operational matters or construction projects are based on low-carbon solutions.
Informed decisions on the procurement of products and services can be made by using every available opportunity to choose suppliers who monitor the carbon footprint of their products and services. We will therefore focus on purchasing environmentally certified products and services.
We will encourage our contractors to comply with the same principles and requirements we have set for ourselves. These include the choice of machinery and minimising fossil fuel consumption.
We will focus on minimising our carbon footprint during the design and construction phases of our power projects by:
- Improving the design and implementation of our projects to prevent emissions, therefore reducing the carbon footprint
- Ensuring that the carbon footprint assessment of new projects and maintenance projects is included e.g. we made the decision to reduce the amount of concrete and cement (used in concrete) as a result of the ‘Life Cycle Analysis’ which showed that reducing concrete is one of the largest single factors in reducing the carbon footprint of new hydropower stations.
- Considering the location of reservoirs and geothermal utilisation sites based on the potential emissions intensity. A large percentage of our operational emissions can be traced back to these two sources.
- Ensuring that construction and construction sites are organised in such a manner that fossil fuel consumption is kept to a minimum. Examples of this include the choice of drills, machinery, material extraction sites and efficient transportation to and from the site.
- Choosing suppliers who monitor the carbon footprint of their products and services.
- Providing education on carbon-prevention for project managers and consultants.