Climate Strategy and Water Management

Management Approach 

IRPC recognizes the direct and indirect impacts of climate change throughout our businesses’ supply chain. IRPC has in place the climate change management approach by determining strategy, setting direction and reviewing strategy in accordance with the changes of situation, monitoring performance index regarding significant climate change. Energy Efficiency Index is set as an indicator for performance assessment among staff of all levels from the President to employees in the production line and supporting of related production lines. The performance is reported to the Board of Environmental Management, to the Management and the Board of Directors meeting. As for other indicator i.e., reduction of the greenhouse emission and water management which considered as an indicator for the operation unit, the result is reported to the Environmental Management Committee and the Management Committee of Rayong Management Committee.

1. Policy 

IRPC initiates the strategy of climate change management for short-term in 2020 and long-term in 2030 targeting to reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption in accordance with QSSHE Policy. IRPC has a long-term target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% based on 2012 greenhouse gas reduction performance by 2030. IRPC aims to be climate change leadership aligned with the Paris agreement to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius by initiating GHG reduction program, identifying climate change high risk asset and risk mitigation, assessing low carbon opportunities, and engaging Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO). IRPC, therefore, is committed to concerning the organization to SDG including climate change issues through IRPC Climate Change Statement.

 

2. Management System/Process

Climate Change Risks and Opportunities Assessment

IRPC includes climate-related risks into its corporate risk portfolio and prioritizes risk portfolio by using risk matrix based on composite exposure of each corporate risks. The composite exposure is measured in 2-dimensions, Risk Likelihood and Risk Impact to an organization in 3 aspects (Economic, Social and Environment). This is for ensuring that we have well-balanced ESG risk portfolio.

Four groups are classified for our climate-related risks and opportunities:

  1. Physical Risks: altered weather pattern with more droughts and flooding, extreme weather events, resulting in increased business interruption.
  2. Regulatory Risks: the projected impacts to IRPC are moderate by 2020 assuming a relatively soft carbon price introduction to carbon markets in Thailand, such as Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Tax.
  3. Reputational Risk: Industry and other stakeholder reputational risks/opportunities are emerging but the certainty and impact are more challenging to gauge. Our reputational risks include perception within industry and climate change mitigation activities.
  4. Customer Risks: given the integration and ownership structure of IRPC, we do not project significant customer risk, but see overall market risk beginning to be a factor. For customer risk we focus on labelling regulations and standards and changing customer behavior

IRPC has assessed climate change risks annually and determined sensitivity analysis of climate change risk in order to assess carbon dioxide reduction projects in order to consider cost and GHG reduction.

 

Climate Change Strategies

Discerning of the risks related to regulations, the climate change severity which is likely to increase in the near future, IRPC takes into account the Paris Agreement which Thailand has expressed its intention to lower the greenhouse emission to control the rising of the global temperature in 2016, the changes of market demand toward low-carbon products and the advance of low-carbon technology, for instance, batteries and electrified vehicles including physical risk i.e., severe weather, flood and the draught which could get worse. In other point of view, IRPC visions the opportunity of business growth through a variety of low-carbon products and the use of alternative energy of which IRPC has invested continuously in terms of product development and project implementation to manage such risks and to seek for an opportunity to become a leader of climate change management in a concrete plan. IRPC has established the climate change strategy as a framework for business operation since 2018-2020 which includes 6 work plans as follows.

As IRPC recognize how importance of climate change impact on core businesses of oil and gas and petrochemical now facing, IRPC developed the climate change strategy and positioning the organization (as leader/ fast follower) to move forward. Process of strategy setting has been done through identifying risks & opportunities, evaluating peer practices & stakeholder expectations, and executive workshop. Our strategy aims to ensure that roadmap of initiatives should be undertaken to achieve its strategic ambition.

Climate Change Products

IRPC is committed to the research and development of new products to meet the different requirements from customers and development of environmental-friendly products which creates more business opportunity and helps IRPC to be able to adapt to the change in economy, society and environment, which leads to sustainable growth.

IRPC offers alternative solutions for users who are concerned about environmental impacts by developing the products as follows:

  1. POLIMAXX Green ABS, in which synthetic rubber is replaced by a natural rubber. The uses of product can reduce GHG emission.
  2. POLIMAXX Green PS, an innovative product made from 20-50% of styrenic mixed with natural rubber. The development of this product is a co-project between IRPC and a customer with the aim to develop a traffic cone made from plastic rubber composite which can reduce the use of synthesis rubber by 30%. The new traffic cone is strong, durable, flexible and impact-resistant.
  3. POLIMAXX Wood Plastic Composite is a plastic product with a mixture of wood powder, blending together outstanding properties of plastic and wood perfectly. IRPC focuses on developing products that can be used in consumer packaging and furniture. In case of consumer packaging, all requirements from Food Contact EU Regulation (FDA) had already been passed.
  4. POLIMAXX Natural Pigment Color Compound is categorized as an environmentally friendly plastic. It is developed by mixing plastic with natural color extracts instead of synthetic colors. The method does not compromise physical property of the plastic and is under international quality control. There are three colors, which are green from spinach, red from shellac, tomatoes, or strawberries, and yellow from turmeric, bell peppers, or carrots. This product is an alternative to the growing number of health and safety conscious consumers in Thailand and abroad.
  5. Products that have Carbon reduction label (HDPE, PP, PS and EPS) which applicable for various products, for instance, plastic bag, electrical appliance, heat insulation, etc. IRPC developed these products in term of energy saving and chemical usage reduction in the production process and registered Carbon Reduction Label.
  6. Gasohol
  7. Bio Diesel
  8. RMAXX L-Cement is a plastic product with mixture of cement for easy and quick cementation
  9. Bio-based Polystyrene product which is a mixture of Polystyrene plastic and flour
  10. P301K a product used in the plastic sheets of floating solar project which uses lower quantities of HDPE

In addition, IRPC also addresses the transition of a low carbon economy operating in their own operation through several projects. For example;

  1. Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) for Construction is the energy saving product for construction. It is a special heat insulation used in the construction of buildings that need temperature control.
  2. CHPI (Combine Heat and Power Project), which uses natural gas as a fuel and totally cancelled out the use of fuel oil boiler resulting in a reduction of carbon dioxide emission of more than 260,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.

Emission Reduction

To contribute to the management of climate change, IRPC has improved the efficiency of the production process, develop low-carbon products and energy saving products. IRPC enhanced the energy efficiency in the production process continuously in order to utilize the natural resources to its maximum efficiency and bring about minimal impact to the environment. As a result of several production process improvements include efficiency improvement in heat and steam management, Electricity Reduction and Logistic Management, as well as collaborative initiatives with PTT Group, etc.

There are two types of energy saving and CO2 reduction program, which are operational control projects, and process improvement (includes additional equipment installation projects).

  • Operational Control Projects, such as reduction of electricity consumption, reduction of internal heat loss and steam consumption in the operation process.
  • Process Improvement Projects, such as equipment installation, electricity production facilities improvement.

Furthermore, IRPC invested 550 THB million in the Floating Solar Power project which has a generation size of 12.5 megawatts in 2020. Resulting in GHG reduction of approximately 10,510 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Internal Carbon Pricing

In response to the constantly changing global situation with regard to climate change, IRPC is currently studying on Internal Cost of Carbon Applications. IRPC is considering implementation of internal carbon pricing to create organizational understanding of GHG issues and potential exposure. IRPC is now discussing the implementation of shadow carbon price. IRPC will use shadow carbon pricing as a factor to evaluate new investments and infrastructure projects. The internal price will contribute to the design of a processing facility that incorporates greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and therefore lower our carbon tax burden.

Water Management

IRPC establishes Sustainable Water Management Framework in order to ensure proper water management in IRPC supply chain, water risk assessment, and analyzing and developing risk mitigation plan.

IRPC initiates water consumption strategy 321RPSD which are

  • 3R – Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce water consumption
  • 2R – Reserve and Responsibility of water resource
  • 1P – Public Participation for improving and managing water resource
  • SD – Supply and Demand management for business continuity and ensuring no community conflict.
IRPC recognizes the importance of setting up water-related targets and goals to align with public policies and meet the needs of surrounding communitiesIRPC is committed to involving all stakeholders when managing water resource and its related impacts through programs engaging the authorities and surrounding communities, such as conserving water usage and water reserves in the case of droughts, distributing tap water, and planning flood prevention measures in local communities. As a member of Eastern Water War Room Management, IRPC also engages with governmental agencies (Royal Irrigation Department, Provincial Waterworks Authority, and Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand) in order to share and discuss resolution measures to water-related issues in the eastern region. Furthermore, IRPC is also involved with PTT Group Water Management Team: PTTWT in planning management strategies for efficient use of water resources in its production process.

 

Waterrelated Risk Management Strategy

IRPC uses water from natural resource to feed into the production process. The water is allocated from Rayong Irrigation Department, released into quality improvement for use in various systems, including cooling water system, demineralized water production, using saltwater for Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD). IRPC controls quality of water before discharging out of the premise under standard established by the Department of Industrial Works and other relevant authorities. Furthermore, to assure the effective use of water, IRPC has implemented the 3Rs principles to water management approach.

Waterrelated Risk Assessment

IRPC has the comprehensive risk management related to water, including physical risks i.e., water volume, water quality and risks related to regulations and provisions from risk assessment. According to the Aqueduct Water Tool of the World Resource Institute (WRI), it is found that IRPC is located in the low baseline water stress1. Consequently, the assessment result is brought forward for preparing water management plan and for the study and forecast on the use of water in the future business operation.

Remark: 1Baseline Water Stress means the ratio of water allocated for a certain area per total volume of water resource based on the water consumption of the upper basin area (resource: WRI Aqueduct 2014).

 

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