Leaving a Lasting Legacy
We recognize our responsibility to minimize our contribution to climate change. Our near-term focus areas include:
- Climate Change – We are working to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gases in our operations. We are proactively developing reporting dashboards to monitor our progress.
- Spill Prevention – We have spill prevention controls in place to identify potential spill hazards, containment systems, and recovery equipment to minimize the impact of a potential event.
- Water and Waste Management – We strive to minimize and avoid negative impacts to the wildlife species, habitats, and ecosystem. This is accomplished through routine inspections to identify potential pollutant sources of our wastewater treatment plants related to both stormwater and wastewater.
- Air Emissions – We focus on managing and monitoring our air emissions related to all facets of our painting and blasting operations to ensure compliance with our Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Operating Air permit, where we monitor and report criteria pollutants and toxic air pollutants. This includes monthly tracking of our paint, thinner, and cleaning solvents. Secondly, we have implemented abrasive blasting best management practices to reduce particulate matter emissions and reduce off-site impacts to surrounding communities from our abrasive blasting activities. This includes routine inspection, recordkeeping, and personnel training.
- Natural Resources – We focus to reduce our energy and water consumption. We successfully completed the installation of more than 340 LED lights throughout our facilities in 2020, in our partnership with the Entergy Solutions Program. This not only improved the lighting in our facilities for our workforce, it demonstrates our commitment to reduce our electric usage. We also take responsibility to manage our water supply in sourcing, ground water integrity, and conservation.
Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Management Plan
At Gulf Island, we firmly believe that environmental damage caused by our operations is unacceptable and nothing is more valuable than our employees’ and contractors’ health and safety.
At the core of our HSE mindset is an uncompromising quest for excellence and the desire to be regarded by our customers and peers as a service provider that sets the standard for minimizing risk and incident occurrence. To maximize results, we prioritize our HSE objectives to ensure daily safety and pre-job meetings, share safety learnings and hazard alerts, near-misses, after-action reviews, supervisor safety training and continuous process improvement. Our environmental management system at our Houma facilities is currently certified ISO 14001:2015. This certification is valid through January 2024.
Our HSE Commitment:
We consider the health, safety and security of our employees, contractors and business partners to be a core value. Excellent HSE performance will help make Gulf Island the Company of choice for our customers and within our industry. With this recognition, we stand to gain the admiration of our business partners and governmental bodies for our commitment to, and continuous improvements in, HSE stewardship.
Our HSE Objectives:
- Strive for zero workplace incidents by fostering a safe and secure work environment
- Mitigate hazards that cannot be eliminated
- Minimize operational risk exposure
- Minimize operational footprint to reduce environmental risks
- Perform all work tasks in compliance with our HSE policies and procedures
Our HSE Priorities:
- No accidents or fatalities at worksites
- No environmental damages
- No lapses in HSE compliance
- No damage to operational assets
GHG Emissions, Air Emissions, Water Management, Biodiversity Impacts, Waste Management
Our commitment to protecting the environment has never been more important than today. We continuously look for ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations, including a focus on protecting the land, water and wildlife habitats in our surrounding communities, with an emphasis on spill prevention, water and waste management, air emissions and other natural resource conservation. We are further focused on energy efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint within our daily operations.
We have no oil and gas operations, as such, our air emissions, particularly our Nitrogen Dioxide (NOx) and Sulfur Dioxide (SOx), are comparatively low. We are working on calculating both our NOx and SOx emissions. For 2020, our Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) air emissions in tons was 38.7 and for 2021, our VOCs air emissions in tons was 24.4. We also calculated our direct scope 1 emissions generated at our Houma facilities to be 1,179 metric tons of CO2e for 2021 and 1,222 metric tons of CO2e for 2020. Our scope 2 emissions for our Houma facilities were 2,727 metric tons of CO2e for 2021 and 3,234 metric tons of CO2e for 2020. We will continue to monitor and look for ways to reduce our GHG air emissions at our facilities.
We generate non-hazardous waste from operations, including domestic trash, and recyclable and other waste. We have no oil and gas operations, so we generate no waste associated with drilling, completing, fracking or extracting oil and gas reserves. We generate and dispose of hazardous waste in compliance with all regulations. We disposed of 24.4 tons and 22.9 tons of hazardous waste in 2021 and 2020, respectively. We actively look for ways to recycle and minimize our environmental footprint. We recycled approximately 6 tons of paper in each of 2021 and 2020. In addition, we recycled 7,203 tons and 4,195 tons of steel in 2021 and 2020, respectively.
We do not own or operate oil and gas assets, as such we have no venting, flaring, other combustion, process or fugitive emissions associated with the development, exploration and production of oil or natural gas. Additionally, we have no obligations to plug and abandon any well bores, platforms, pipelines, facilities or equipment needed to extract oil and gas. We have no reserves and operate no leases in areas where species are threatened or endangered. We have no oil and gas operations, as such we have never had an oil spill incident, so for each of 2021 and 2020, we had 0.0 of reportable total spill volume in barrels.