Published on July 7, 2014
2 Go-Green This is in line with the corporate vision of “together building the power base for sustainable growth and development”. The question then is what is sustainability? “Sustainability is the capacity to endure. Healthy ecosystems and environments are necessary to the survival and flourishing of humans and other organisms” Medupi management supports the ideal of an integrated approach when it comes to the environment. Integrated environmental management is a philosophy that is concerned with finding the right balance between development (construction and operations) and the environment. To achieve a sustainable society, it is necessary to limit environmental impact to a level that fits within the Medupi footprint; Energy conservation and prevention of global warming, resource conservation and recycling, pollution prevention, and biodiversity conservation. For production processes such as at Medupi, cleaner production results largely from one or a combination of: conserving raw materials, water and energy management; eliminating toxic and dangerous raw materials; reducing the quantity and cleaner emissions and wastes at source during the production process. “Cleaner Production” for us means simple strategies ranging from good housekeeping to more technology-driven strategies such as FGD application and low NOx burners. This is a holistic and integrated approach to environmental protection because it addresses the challenges of sustainable development at several levels. Eskom adopted the ISO 14001 standard and it helps us to manage the environment sustainably. ISO 14001 specifies the requirements of the environmental management system (EMS) for small to large organizations. An EMS is a systemic approach to handling environmental issues within an organization such as Eskom. Medupi will shortly share with you the implementation strategy that will lead us to certification in the middle of 2014. FOREWORD by the PSM: Johan Prinsloo Eskom’s SHEQ policy states that, Eskom Holdings Limited shall develop, implement, and maintain the entire electricity supply value chain so as to supply reliable and affordable electricity within a challenging business, social, natural, and political environment, without compromising future sustainability.