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Minimising environment impacts

We take our responsibility for look after the environment for current and future stakeholders seriously

Environment

As a government trading enterprise, The Perth Mint has a role to play in the Government of Western Australia’s commitment to the environment and a carbon neutral future.

We strive to minimise our impact to the environment at our two sites – the refinery near Perth Airport and the original premises and head office in Hay Street, East Perth.

Our Sustainability report identified two key areas for benchmarking including air emissions and quality and waste and hazardous materials management.

Carbon reduction roadmap

An 2021 audit of our greenhouse gas emissions by an external consultant will form the baseline for becoming a carbon neutral precious metals organisation. While committed to meeting the state government’s 2050 target for net zero emission, we are working with suppliers and other stakeholders to accelerate this time frame.

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The Perth Mint’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2021

Scope

Description

Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year

Scope

Scope 1

Description

Natural gas, transport fuels, refrigerants

Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year

212.9

Scope

Scope 2

Description

Purchased electricity

Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year

9,090.6

Scope

Scope 3

Description

Equipment, employee commute, flights, third party services, off-site waste disposal, transmission and distribution losses, fuel extraction. Production and distribution losses, other utilities

Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year

12,705.0

Meeting international standards

The Perth Mint is aiming to meet the internationally agreed standard for an environmental management system (ISO 14001) across all our operations. Work will continue on this initiative throughout 2021/22. 

 

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Setting international standards

We aim to be the sustainability benchmark for the precious metals industry and will strive to improve on our environmental performance each year.