Our approach is aligned with the new ISO 14001:2015 standard to which Telstra was certified at corporate level in 2016.
Our minimum environmental management requirements cover:
- Climate change and resource management: proactive programs for conserving resource use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enabling low carbon economic growth and managing risks associated with a changing climate
- Contamination and pollution control: systematic and consistent processes to identify, control, investigate, report and manage contamination and pollution in our owned and leased sites
- Hazardous materials and dangerous goods: risk management processes include handling hydrocarbons and asbestos containing material
- Land stewardship: respecting the land and the traditional owners of the land on which we operate by ensuring that land use is planned and managed to deliver a sustainable outcome, taking into account adjacent and future land use, cultural heritage and biodiversity
- Waste management: proactively minimise the diversion of waste to landfill through sound procurement strategies, efficient use of resources, reuse or recycling of waste streams and diligent waste disposal
Progress for FY17
Telstra, as a minimum, seeks to be compliant with all applicable environmental laws and regulatory permissions relevant to its operations. Where instances of non-compliance may occur, Telstra has procedures requiring that internal investigations are conducted to determine the cause of the non-compliance and to ensure that any risk of recurrence is minimised. Telstra’s procedures further require that the relevant government authorities are notified of any environmental incidents (where applicable) in compliance with statutory requirements. Telstra ensures that it complies with notices issued by government authorities.
Telstra has not been prosecuted for, or convicted of, any significant breaches of environmental regulation during the financial year.