Biodiversity

Striving for excellent corporate governance and social responsibility, GPSC h as issued the above mentioned approach on the company’s Quality, Security, He alth, and Environmental (QSHE) policy to ensure the complete and effective impleme ntation of habitat and biodiversity protection.

GPSC Group will ensure the complete and effective implementation of habitat and biodiversity protection, in order to achieve ‘No Net Loss’ (NNL) by 2025 , to encourage all new operation sites deliver ‘Net Positive Impact’ (NPI) , where possible and to support habitat protection and restoration activities.

GPSC Group Biodiversity Statement
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GPSC's main objective for biodiversity management is the protection and mitigation of negative impacts to biodiversity. GPSC has thus announced this GPSC Group Biodiversity Statement in 2021. The Statement serves as operational principles for GPSC Group companies, ensuring streamlined biodiversity management across the entire organization.

GPSC Group Biodiversity Statement
GPSC Group Biodiversity Procedures
GPSC Group Biodiversity Risk Assessment Guideline
GPSC Group Biodiversity Management Guideline

Measures on Biodiversity Management

Committed to protecting and managing biodiversity by prohibiting any operations in International Union for Conservation of Nature Category or IUCN Category I-IV zones

Aim to achieve No-Net-Loss outcomes within manageable boundaries

Conduct environmental impact assessment on both domestic and international projects

Conduct rigorous researches on biodiversity for international projects to formulate suitable operation, management, and environmental assessment plans

Strictly apply the measures to prevent, reduce, and monitor environmental impact

Apply PTT Group Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Management Procedure in accordance with the "Mitigation Hierarchy" principle (Avoid, Minimize, Restore and Offset) to avoid any devastating impact on biodiversity

GPSC requires that all projects for developing new businesses or for expanding the production capacity of existing operations must undergo environmental impact assessments. The assessment must include a comprehensive overview of populations, species, and habitats in the surrounding areas.

For the biodiversity study of forest and wildlife resources, all GPSC projects have verified that plant and animal species comply with related laws of the particular countries in which the projects are located, such as the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535 and the Prohibited Timber Decree, B.E. 2530 for Thailand, as well as international regulations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

Even though most of our projects are operated within industrial areas, which are expected to yield minimal impact on the ecosystem, GPSC cares and has consistently been applying measures to prevent and minimize potential environmental impacts on every single project. For international projects, the company has conducted biodiversity studies of surrounding areas and formulated action plans and environmental management and monitoring plans (EMMP). In the year of 2020, the results of these studies have shown no negative impact on biodiversity. In the effort to preserve biodiversity, the company will continue to execute our high standard measures.

GPSC Group Biodiversity Assessment Report

GPSC conducts environmental impact assessment on every project as required by law. Furthermore, the company has established comprehensive measures to prevent, reduce and monitor environmental impact.

From past operations below, all of the projects have integrated complete environmental report assessment and none was undertaken in conservation or world heritage areas.

The prevention and mitigation measures of the environmental and community impact assessment can be monitored at Link

Industrial operations are part of the potential impact on the natural environment and biodiversity, including on both plants and animals inhabiting the surrounding ecosystems in terms of species and genetic groups. The company therefore attaches importance to biodiversity in its operational areas, which, in addition to comprehensive environmental impact assessments, including setting preventative measures, the company also conducts activities to preserve and restore biodiversity in terrestrial, coastal and freshwater areas in collaboration with network partners under the cooperation of government agencies, academic departments, social communities, local and industrial sectors in the local area and specialists as part of a management team that will prevent the loss to biodiversity (No-Net-Loss) within the scope that the company can manage in the conservation and restoration of biodiversity and to ensure this is to remain intact as follows:

Type of
rehabilitation
activity
Network partners
and relevant experts
Operating activities Performance
Terrestrial biodiversity
  • Royal Forest Department
  • Ministry Natural Resources and Environment, Rayong Province
  • Map Ta Phut Municipality
  • Ban Chang Sub-district Municipality
  • Phla Municipality
  • Pah Khao Phudon Huay Mahad Community Forest
  • Forest Rehabilitation and Water Conservation Project of Huay Mahad Mountain
  • Schools in Muang and Ban Chang districts
Afforestation
  • Khao Huay Mahad Mountain Reforestation Project
  • Klong Phla Mangrove Forest Planting Project
  • Huay Mahad Mountain Reforestation Project
  • Khao Chom Hae Forest Planting Project
  • Ban Map Chan Reforestation Project
Water Deceleration Dam Project
  • Ban Phudon-Huay Dam Construction and Tree planting Project
  • Reforestation project (2013 – present) totalling 18450 trees, along with an area covering 41 acres, with more than 71 types of plant species having been planted.
  • Dam building project to decelerate the flow of water (2015 – present), with a total of 132 dams having been constructed.
Marine biodiversity
  • Department of Marine and Coastal Resources
  • Department of Fisheries
  • Marine Department
  • First Naval Area Command
  • Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand
  • Community enterprises, Local Small Boat Fishing Club, Muang District and Amphoe Ban Chang Samakkhi
  • Nong Fab Small Boat Fishing Group
  • Small Boat Fishing Group, Suchada Beach
  • Ban Takuan Local Fisheries Group
  • Industrial factories in the Map Ta Phut Complex
  • Project to release aquatic animal species in coastal areas nearby to the operation area
  • Project for breeding and releasing marine larvae to the sea
  • Marine animals habitat building project (Artificial corals)
  • Aquatic Animal Release Project (2015 – present), with the release of 41,030,951 animals.
  • Marine larvae breeding project for the sea (2009 – present) with the incubation of 8769 female blue crab eggs.
  • Habitat building project for marine animals
    • - Creation of 100 artificial corals using concrete constructed in dice form in the coastal area of Ban Chang District, Rayong Province (Year 2015 – 2016).
    • - Establishment of 109 Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) (Years 2013, 2017, 2020).
    • - Staghorn Coral propagation around the Koh Kham area (2018).
    • * For the years 2008 – 2014, no data was collected, however at least one million species were released annually.
Fresh water biodiversity
  • Pluak Daeng Subdistrict Administrative Organization
  • Rayong Inland Fisheries Research and Development Center
  • Nong Plalai Reservoir Ecotourism Group
  • Fish breeding project at Nong Plalai Reservoir and Dok Krai Reservoir
  • Nong Plalai Reservoir and Dok Krai Reservoir Project (2013 – present), with a total of 200,000 fish and more than 10 freshwater species having been released.

Only two operations (GHECO-One and SPP3) of GPSC Group’s Environmental Impact Assessment found that there are potential impacts to biodiversity in the nearby operations. These sites are located in Map Tha Phut industrial area. The potential impacts are minor impacts on egg and larvae and aquatic species. Based on the recommendation from ecological studies in Map Tha Phut industrial area by biodiversity specialist (Chulalongkorn University) in 2012, GPSC Group must release aquatic species such as Flower crab and shimp zoea, which are local species nearby Map Tha Phut area, at least 1-2 million zoea per year. Between 2015-2017, GPSC group have done aquatic restoration projects by releasing approximately 10 million egg and larvae of local aquatic species such as Flower crab and shimp zoea nearby GHECO-one and SPP3 operation sites. In addition, to protect and restore marine habitat, GPSC Group have completed constructing 50 imitation reefs made of coconut tree leaves.

GPSC Group works closely with external partner such as Thai Royal Forest Department to protect, restore forest area and follow International and Thailand’s national conservation area and conservation species regulation. GPSC Group promises to ‘No Net Deforestation’; the future reforestation to compensate, where possible, the current forest loss or future implementation, and no exploitation of people and local communities who live next to the areas by 2025.

At present, GPSC Group’s operations are no current forest loss based on the biodiversity and forestry assessment where GPSC Group closely keep monitoring on deforestation activities in the future implementation and conduct reforestation to compensate through afforestation projects continuously.

Revised as of May 2021

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