Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

SDP places a high priority focus on establishing best practice Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in its operations.

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To assist our assessment of how we are performing, SDP has been taking part in the Global ESG Benchmark (GRESB) assessment since 2017. GRESB is the global benchmark for environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real estate and infrastructure assets. More information can be found here https://gresb.com/nl-en/

Our efforts have led to continuous improvement in SDP’s GRESB assessment, achieving an 18% increase and scoring a total of 92 out of 100 for 2021.

Our 2021 GRESB Asset Assessment score places us in the top 20% of our peer group and we are pleased to be recognised as achieving a GRESB 5 star rating and awarded 2021 GRESB Most Improved.

The GRESB assessment is split into two major components, Management and Performance. SDP received 87% for Management (69% peer group average) and 95% for Performance (60% peer group average) across all ESG aspects and we are ranked 4th overall in our peer group.

Caring for the environment

SDP places a high priority on minimising any environmental impacts – both on land and in the water.

To support this, SDP has put in place one of the most stringent marine environment monitoring programs of its kind. The marine environment was monitored for three years before construction and for three years after first operations.

On land , a third of the plant site at Kurnell has been kept as a conservation area. This area is protected and native species of flora and fauna are regularly monitored.

Renewable Energy

The Sydney Desalination Plant is powered by 100% renewable energy.

Local Environment

An important aim was to build and operate the Desalination Plant while keeping environmental impacts – both on land and in the water – to a minimum.

Marine Environment

Research has shown that there are no significant impacts on seawater quality or aquatic ecology from the seawater concentrate.