Indika Energy Group believes that maintaining high standards of health, safety and environment (HSE) throughout all levels of all of our business units will ensure optimal worker wellbeing, while maintaining low-risk, low-cost operations. We are convinced that all work-related incidents, injuries and illnesses are preventable, so we maximize workplace safety in all of our operations, and provide health programs of the highest standard for all of our employees through on-site medical facilities for the treatment of both injuries and illnesses in line with our HSE Improvement Plan, which is an integral part of our business strategy.
Beyond our routine safety training, safety meetings, and safety and hygiene inspections and health talks, Indika Energy implements strategic initiatives, including the Global Monthly Safety Performance Report and Recognition Programs for Performance based on real time HSE performance monitoring within the group (i-SHARED), to improve the quality of our HSE measures.
In acknowledgement of these efforts, our Work-Health and Safety Management have received the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSAS) 18001:2007 certificate.
Indika Energy is certain that preserving a clean, safe, and healthy environment can go hand in hand with meeting the world’s energy needs. Our efforts to accomplish this involve continuous evaluation to improve our processes to reduce pollution and waste, conserve natural resources, and minimize any potential negative environmental impacts of our activities and operations.
From our everyday actions to major capital investments, we are dedicated to making the right decisions for the environment. We also strive to look for and adopt effective and reliable mechanisms to improve our internal standards for environmental management. In 2012, the ISO 14001 certificate we were granted in 2004 for our Environmental Management System was extended through recertification.
Indika Energy Group systematically reclaims land at its mining operation sites to return the soil to a state viable for post-disturbance land uses in mitigation of any environmental impact. This reclamation is an integral part of every one of our active site plans.
During our operations, we attempt to minimize the land areas disturbed, and land reclamation is carried out progressively in a number of phases before, during and after mining operations cease, with replanting undertaken as soon as the land is ready.
Indika Energy Group is aware of the environmental concerns that open-pit mining activities can cause due to the necessity to strip off top soil prior to coal extraction and makes every effort possible to ensure the preservation of the biodiversity of the flora and fauna in all of our mining operational areas.
Our operations by their nature have the potential to affect the landscape and original ecosystems, so even before our mining begins, we collect data on endemic flora and fauna and take an inventory of existing species on site in thorough compliance to the regulations relating to land reclamation at post-mining areas.
To facilitate appropriate replanting, before our mining operations begin, we collect seeds from trees and other plants in the disturbed land and forest areas for nurturing at our nursery facility. The resulting seedlings are for utilization in the land reclamation phase and the post-mining area rehabilitation process.
Indika Energy implements a comprehensive water treatment and run-off control system to ensure that all waste water from its mining operational sites is processed in acquiescence to the required environmental quality level. This careful environmental management of our mining operations is meant to ensure that local streams and rivers are not adversely affected and that soil erosion is significantly reduced.
Water run-off from mining sites is closely monitored and treated in settling ponds before discharge into waterways at the mandatory environmental quality level. Waste water from rainfall and ground water in the open-cut mine areas is drained into specially prepared sumps and is continuously pumped from these into a permanent drainage system that feeds into high-capacity settling ponds to remove suspended solids that separate and sink to the bottom of the ponds. Water released from these settling ponds is closely monitored to meet the effluent standard for coal mining activities.
Indika Energy strives to effectively leverage technological innovation to minimize any negative impacts of our operations because we recognize the need to preserve the environment for the communities in our operational areas, while maintaining optimal operational cost efficiency that will benefit all of our stakeholders in the long run.
To accomplish this we are exploring the technology and systems mechanisms necessary for calculating levels of energy utilization in every business unit accurately to effectively monitor the use of energy to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our operations as we curb environmental impact.