Guided by the Sembcorp Group’s principles, SGIL’s management processes reflect our commitment to the environment and sustainability.
Our operations strive to reduce GHG emissions while transitioning to a balanced portfolio of low-carbon energy assets. We are expanding and innovating our business solutions to promote a circular economy while also providing more efficient operations to avoid or minimise resource waste. We seek to minimise negative environmental impacts and maintain the highest environmental management standards by conducting Environmental Impact Assessments.
Despite the legal exemption, we have conducted project Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for our wind energy projects in India. The EIAs adhere to the performance requirements established by the International Finance Corporation (of the World Bank Group) and the Asian Development Bank.
Topography, climate, loss of fertile soil, water resources, social environment, air, noise, soil quality, biological traits, adverse social and gender impacts, and other sensitive cultural and environmental attributes are all taken into account during the EIAs. It is expected to guide the development of an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) that will ensure the timely implementation of environmental and social mitigation measures. The ESMP serves as the foundation for the project’s community investment and development programme.
The primary goal of the EIAs is to assess the baseline environmental conditions along the project corridor using primary and secondary data sources to evaluate the impacts on relevant environmental and social attributes arising from the construction and operation of our proposed project and to recommend adequate mitigation measures to minimise / reduce adverse impacts. During the operating phase, additional biodiversity monitoring is also carried out and the monitoring report is shared with the relevant stakeholders. For example, our wind projects in India have reduced environmental effects by maintaining shadow flicker and noise levels below predetermined levels. We also avoid placing our wind turbines in areas with significant biodiversity value, such as globally protected areas, critical biodiversity areas, and RAMSAR Wetland sites.
Tree plantation and Ecowalkway at Badshahpur forest corridor, Gurgaon
Sembcorp has joined hands to develop the Badshahpur Forest Corridor stretch #5 in partnership with the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and the NGO “I am Gurgaon”. These land patches were barren urban dump yards that have been transformed into a sustainable ecological forest corridor using waste dump materials. The eco-walkway now serves for the general public to utilise it for walking, bike riding and leisure.
Safeguarding the future remains at the heart of our sustainability endeavours. We have undertaken a programme for the development of a green corridor from urban waste lands to ensure environmental sustainability. Furthermore, it will also contribute towards our efforts to encourage afforestation, which is considered a significant step for counteracting global warming, soil erosion, pollution, and the preservation of biodiversity and ecological balances. Our initiative supports the fight against climate change and is aligned to the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).
Saplings planted in FY 2021-22
Saplings planted since February 2021
CO2 will be potentially sequestered every year
CO2 will be potentially sequestered in 15 years
Museo Camera is a non-profit, crowd-funded Southeast Asian Centre for Photographic Arts. Dedicated to the art and history of photography, the 18,000 square feet museum features expansive art galleries, workshops and lecture halls. It also has a fully operating darkroom that requires a significant amount of electricity to power the facility’s centralised air conditioning, lighting, and other operational needs.
As part of its sustainability initiatives, Sembcorp installed a 60KWp energy-efficient rooftop solar system at Gurugram’s prominent landmark, Museo Camera. It now enables the museum to operate with solar powered clean energy, saving around J 0.66 million in annual energy expenditure costs. Furthermore, it will save about 1,697 tonnes of CO2 emissions during the lifetime of the solar powered system – a feat that is equivalent to planting 2,716 teak trees.
Litres of rainwater captured through desilting and storage augmentation
(Between December 2021 and August 2022)
Farmers benefitted from silt through organic farming
Rich organic manure (silt) generated for sustainable agriculture
It is one of the flagship community investment programmes introduced in FY22 that aims at enhancing water storage capacity and recharging groundwater levels. The programme strives to increase the catchment area through desilting and promoting the fertile desilt as organic manure for agricultural fields.
Through an anchor NGO partner, the activity entails farmer demand generation for desilts, permissions, project resourcing, site supervision, and documentation. The partner further engages local NGOs to improve farmer demand generations. The farmers then take the silt directly to their agricultural fields and use it as organic manure. The programme is scalable and sustainable, and it is in accordance with India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and the Amrit Sarovar initiative.