Nature is the source of life and resources that are essential to human life. Biodiversity is one of the fundamental properties of nature and source of immense potential for economic use. It reflects fertility and a balanced ecosystem, including a healthy environment. At present, human development comes at a great cost for the loss of biodiversity due to the exploitation of ecosystems; habitat destruction; and the extinction of wildlife. Aware that the nature of our business has an impact on biodiversity, GPSC recognizes the importance of responsible business towards the environment and society, in particular, biodiversity. Thus, the company has developed a system with an emphasis to prevent and minimize environmental impacts on biodiversity right from project design to construction phase.
Striving for excellent corporate governance and social responsibility, GPSC has issued the above mentioned approach on the company’s Quality, Security, Health, and Environmental (QSHE) policy to ensure the complete and effective implementation of habitat and biodiversity protection.
Moreover, the company requires that all projects for developing new businesses or for expanding the production capacity of existing operations must undergo environmental impact assessments to achieve No Net Loss (NNL) outcomes.
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
Environmental Impact Assessment
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 2019, 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.
Measures on Prevention and Management
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.
|Power Plant||Environmental and Community Impact Assessment||Preventative and Mitigation Measures Aspects|
|Central Utility Plant 1||✓||• Air Quality
• Water Usage
|Central Utility Plant 2||✓||• Water Waste and Drainage Quality
|Central Utility Plant 3||✓||• Transportation
• Waste Management
|Sriracha Power Plant||✓||• Occupational Health and Safety
• Social and Economic, and Public Participation
Natural Environment Restoration through Collaborative Networks with Communities and Stakeholders
Recognizing the values of biodiversity in the operated areas, GPSC has carried out projects of check dam construction and reforestation with the help and cooperation from Baan Noen Kradon Community in Ban Chang Sub district Municipality, Rayong Province. This project aims to prevent flooding in the community as check dams slow down the water flow caused by heavy rainfall. Moreover, they can be used to guide water flows towards vegetation. In addition, to create a source of sustainable income and conserve the forest, the participants also partook in reforestation by planting trees such as Bamboo and Gurjan trees whose yields and produce are economically valuable. Aside from acting as a remedy to the people’s calamity and tribulation, this project also raises awareness on and promotes biodiversity and a balanced ecosystem among the locals and the generations to come.
Action Items: Biodiversity
Project 1: Freeing Marine Lives and Tum-Boon-Klang-Baan Tradition, a merit making ritual unique to the locals of Nong Pla Lai Reservoir in Pluak Daeng District, Rayong Province
Participants: The ecotourism group of Nong Pla Lai Reservoir and Subdistrict Administration Organization of Pluak Daeng District
Date: 16 May 2019
GPSC sponsored the activities of marine animal release and merit making which are annually carried out by the Sub district Administration Organization of Pluak Daeng District. The event took place at Nong Pla Lai Reservoir, Moo 1, in Pluak Daeng District, Rayong Province. The activity included a release of over 30,000 freshwater fish by the help of GPSC’s volunteers from the power plant with the intention to conserve our ecosystem, natural resources, and the environment. Moreover, the event aims to raise a sense of awareness and love for our precious nature in order to achieve a strong and sustainable community.
Project 2: Volunteers – A gift to the community, Year 10th - Restoring Water to the Forest
Participants: BLCP Power Limited and the Royal Forest Department
Date: 3 August 2019
Planting trees is a way to restore and preserve the abundance of the forest trees, which act as an upstream source of water that helps to balance the ecosystem in accordance with GLOW’s determination. Thus, GPSC, the Royal Forest Department together with the community, and over 600 volunteers from Rayong joined hands to build 20 check dams in Baan Noen Kraprok Bon Community Forest, Baan Chang District, Rayong Province under the project called “Volunteers – A gift to the community” to honor Her Majesty Queen Sirikit , the Queen in the reign of King Rama IX.
Project 3: Community Forest Reservation Parties to Reduce Global Warming, 3rd activity at Marb Chan Community
Participants: nearby local communities
Date: 18 September 2019
On September 18th, 2019, GLOW’s executives and employees, and the surrounding communities in Marb Chan Village took part in tree planting and check dam construction to curb the effect of global warming on a 50 rai space of Marb Chan community forest in Pay Sub-district in Muang District, Rayong Province. This activity has been successfully organized for the 3rd consecutive year after the completion in 2017 and 2018. The goals are to continually battle climate change and preserve plant species, food, and herbs by increasing and restoring forest areas, including establishing a balanced ecosystem of Rayong province, following GPSC’s environmental conservation plan.
Project 4: International Coastal Cleanup 2019
Participants: Over 20 government agencies and private sectors
Date: 21 September 2019
GPSC joined with the local entrepreneurs of Map Tha Phut Complex areas together with Rayong government agencies to organize an annual beach cleanup. The event aims to raise awareness among beach goers, to reduce litter, and preserve a balanced aquatic ecosystem. In addition, it intends to encourage having a shared goal among the people in the community and strengthen the relation among the governmental bodies, private sectors and the community.
Over 4,000 volunteer employees and their families united to pick up litters for a cleaner planet on the following beaches; Lam Charoen beach, Saeng Chan beach, Suchada beach, Tsai Tong beach, Rin beach, Payoon beach, and Pla beach; covering a total distance of 14 kilometers. As a result, 9,000 kilograms of garbage were removed from the beaches.
Project 5: Marine Life Release with Kao Yot Small Boat Fisheries Group
Participants: Map Ta Phut Port Authority; BLCP Power Limited Group; PTT Group; SCG Chemicals Co.,Ltd. ; Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited; Bangkok Synthetics Company Limited; Covestro (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; AGC Chemicals (Thailand) Company Limited; and Kao Yot Small Boat Fisheries Group
Date: 22 November 2019
GPSC joined hands with Map Ta Phut Port Authority; BLCP Power Limited Group; PTT Group; SCG Chemicals Co.,Ltd. ; Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited; Bangkok Synthetics Company Limited; Covestro (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; AGC Chemicals (Thailand) Company Limited; and Kao Yot Small Boat Fisheries Group for an aquaculture release to increase marine and coastal resources Koa Yot Small Boat Fisheries in Muang district, Rayong province. This year, a million zoea flower crabs, 500,000 shrimps, 10,000 areola babylons, together with a number of breeder flower crabs were released into the sea. Along with returning richness into the ocean, this activity is a demonstration of the determination to conserve the ecosystem and preserve natural resources and the environment. Furthermore, the program helped to raise the awareness to love and care for our nature, a key foundation to a strong and sustainable society.