FGA demonstrates a firm commitment to not only delivering environmentally sustainable outcomes for our clients, but also
operating in an environmentally sensitive manner in our own operations. Environmental sustainability is core to our principals
and we are continually seeking to improve our environmental performance in everything we do.
FGA’s Environment Policy initiatives are outlined below:
Certified Carbon Neutral
FGA has been certified carbon neutral under the GHG Protocol Corporations Standard for 2016/2017. Certification was
granted in June 2016 by offsetting units to compensate for emissions that cannot be reduced through energy
efficiency or procurement of renewable energy within the organisation. The offset units were purchased from
a wind power project in India, which provides reliable, renewable power to rural communities to develop the
local economy and create employment opportunities.
Although FGA’s operations in consulting engineering are not energy and emissions intensive, we have put in
place programs and policies to minimise energy and emissions, including:
- Conduct a health and sustainability challenge for staff, promoting a more
active lifestyle, reducing reliance on motorised transport and reducing our impact on the environment.
- Positioned operations in the CBD to ensure we are accessible to clients
via public transport as often as possible, and staff can commute to-from work either by public transport or bicycle.
- The FGA offices are based in flexible, co-working spaces. As a
result, our overall floor space is much smaller than traditional office environments, we share IT peripherals with other
businesses and our building electricity supplied include (Green Power) renewable energy.
- Minimise purchase/use of auxiliary office equipment unless essential.
- Paperless office - refuse documents, materials, samples, etc. and
request soft copies.
Design for Resource Efficiency
Leveraging our extensive experience in complex energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, sustainability
is embedded in FGA design practices. FGA projects have shown to consistently achieve industry leading levels of
operating efficiency and emissions reduction over the asset lifecycle. FGA engineers are experts in
multi-disciplinary engineering design and tuning of infrastructure systems, including practical onsite
works throughout the commissioning, DLP and operating phases to achieve maximum resource efficiency, and
minimised impact to the natural environment.
Material Selection and Construction Waste
FGA Projects implements the following policies applicable for the selection of materials and management of construction waste where practical:
- Reuse existing materials and equipment.
- Use Forest Stewardship Certified timber.
- Develop a Waste Management Program to ensure that during demolition
and construction the project maximises diversion of wasted materials from landfill into reuse or recycling, to the
following levels (Material Minimum: Diverted/Weight):
- Metals: 95%
- Paper and Cardboard: 95%
- Soil, and biomass: 100%
- Rigid Foam, carpet & insulation: 90%
- All others - combined weighted average: 80%
- Note: Hazardous materials in demolition waste, such as lead-based paint, asbestos, and polychlorinated biphenyls
(PCBs), are exempt from percentage calculations.
- Exclude products containing the following chemicals:
- Halogenated flame retardants
- Mercury including fluorescent lighting
- Wood treatments including Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol
- HCFC and CFCs
Subcontractor Environmental Credentials
In the selection of any subcontractors, FGA undertakes a procurement process that assesses the environmental
sustainability credentials of potential partner companies. Contractor procurement assessment typically considers
the following criteria:
- Environment Policy
- Carbon Neutrality or Offsetting Practices
- Location of Manufacturing Facility
- Transport and Logistics Plan
- Waste and Recycling Plan
- History of EPA (or similar) incident events / breaches
FGA’s Corporate Operations
Avoid, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle
FGA considers the environmental impact of business operations, materials, components, plant and equipment.
- FGA has successfully managed upgrade projects
that include a component of recycling and re-use of equipment and materials where practical.
- The FGA offices compost organic matter such as kitchen
scraps to reduce garbage in landfill.
- Minimise packaging by using refillable beverage
containers that are BPA free.
FGA offer staff the option to ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) to minimise the amount of IT hardware required by
the individual for work purposes. This reduces the overall amount of e-waste entering landfill when a hardware
product has come to its end of life.
The FGA team participates annually in Clean Up Australia Day, as an initiative to clean-up, and conserve our
environment, while educating our staff on their ecological footprint.