Environmental performance

QAL’s tenacity, skill of our people and unrelenting focus on improving everything that we do will continue to ensure that we continue to create economic and social benefits for our region in a safe and sustainable way.

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 strive for 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 and Science.

QAL reports monthly on compliance against the site’s Environmental Authority.

Water use

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 utilising treated effluent from Boyne Island/Tannum Sands for use in the refinery.

Air quality

A large number of controls have been implemented and are maintained to minimise any impact of airborne particulates. Community and site based continuous dust monitors, linked with wind speed and direction information, dust gauges and internal quality audits monitor the effectiveness of our dust reduction programs.

We continually strive to minimise the impact of our operations on our community, however we are aware at times we may impact outside our boundary on dust, odour, noise and alkali

Land revegetation

Revegetation of our process residue areas continue each year, both on site and in the buffer zone between our refinery and the community. 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 trees as shelter for native animals and birdlife.

Waste management

We work to promote recycling programs across all facets of our business. Since June 2003 QAL has operated an on site Waste Transfer Facility. The facility receives and sorts all QAL’s general waste streams to improve the proportion of waste able to be recycled or reused. By recycling and reusing waste in 2017, we have avoided the release of 1,832 tonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to planting 6,832 trees, or removing 458 cars off the road for one year.   In 2016, QAL recycled 93 per cent of materials brought to the waste transfer facility.

Community Concerns

If you have concerns regarding our operations, please visit our Communities page for how we can assist.

5 Year Environmental Improvement Program

We take very seriously our commitment to the environment, our employees and the community to ensure employment for future generations. In August 2018 we committed to a 5 Year Environmental Improvement Plan to ensure reduction of our environmental risk profile.

Originally estimated to be an investment of $260M over 5 years, the estimate is now approximately $400M, now that solutions have been determined. This huge investment across the site will ensure year-on-year improved environmental performance.

To support this shift we need to change the way we manage our risks including empowering employees to identify and act on critical controls.

Please click here for more information on our 5 Year Environmental Improvement Program.