QAL is committed to achieving the highest standard of environmental performance. Environmental management is integrated into all aspects of our business and decision-making and we maintain a culture of environmental excellence and leadership.
Management plans, procedures and policies have been developed specifically for the site to ensure that environmental performance is at the forefront of our operations.
In addition to meeting the requirements under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, QAL is regulated by an Environmental Authority issued by the QLD Department of Environment Heritage and Protection.
QAL reports monthly on compliance against the project's Environmental Authority.
Water is essential to our refinery operations. Since the commissioning of Queensland's largest water recycling project in 2002, we continue to recycle the majority of Gladstone city's wastewater. In 2011, we began construction to source treated effluent from Boyne Island/Tannum Sands for use in the refinery.
A large number of controls have been implemented and are maintained to reduce the impact on air quality. Continuous dust monitors, linked with wind speed and direction information, depositional dust gauges and internal quality audits monitor the effectiveness of our dust reduction programs.
Revegetation of our process residue areas continue each year in the buffer zone between our refinery and the community. Each year, approximately 2,000 trees are planted by our employees and community volunteers. Long-term revegetation work on the former residue disposal area continues to be extremely successful with a large supply of grass for dust control and shelter for native animals.
Our transfer facility allows for the segregation of on-site waste and recycling of materials including metal, cardboard and wood. In 2012, the facility recycled 85 per cent of the 6,060 tonnes of materials brought to the facility.