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Oceana has a proud and longstanding reputation for promoting responsible stewardship of the marine environment and mitigating the group’s onshore impacts.

This includes initiatives aimed at reducing atmospheric emissions and odour, minimising the use of water, driving energy efficiency and climate change mitigation, and ensuring responsible disposal of waste. Supporting government and public climate change policy and regulations development and implementation. Our commitment to reporting transparently ensures that Oceana remains at the forefront of responsible fishing practices.

In committing to reduce our environmental footprint, a key focus is to deliver a roadmap to achieve a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

Highlights of 2020

  • 0 non-compliance directives issued
  • 30% reduction in portable water consumption
  • 349 672kl of water produced by the Oceana desalination plants
  • 25% energy usage reduction
  • 26% decrease in vessel GHG emission intensity
  • CDP: Water disclosure score of A-
  • CDP: Climate disclosure score of B
  • 3.6 (out of 5) JSE FTSE4Good rating

Oceana’s environmental policy articulates our commitment to complying with legislation and regulations on the environment. It also provides the guiding principles to our commitment to manage and mitigate our environmental impacts. The management of our environmental impacts is founded on the ISO 14001 aligned Environmental Control System. This system provides for the identification, monitoring and control of priority environmental risks identified by the group.

Read more about how we manage our environmental impact in the Group’s sustainable development report.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) provide the best articulation of what sustainable value should look like, setting a clear long-term agenda to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.

Oceana’s culture is built around positively impacting lives and is committed to playing its role, as a private sector company, in the attainment of these SDGs, working alongside government, communities and other businesses.

Through our core business of responsibly harvesting, procuring and processing a diverse range of global marine resources, we are making a significant contribution to national and global developmental objectives. We have identified and prioritised five SDGs, where we believe we can have the most meaningful impact. Our sustainability report reflects our ability to put into practice the values that pertain to human capital, natural capital and social and relationship capital.

Carbon emissions and carbon neutrality targets

Mitigating climate change associated risk and implementing an energy resilience plan is core to Oceana’s sustainability strategy. In committing to reduce our environmental footprint, we strive to reach our target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. We continue to focus on improving our energy efficiency and seek to reduce our consumption of non-renewable energy. Our proposed intervention plan for reducing our carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 includes a number of proposed interventions. These interventions are based on feasibility studies we’ve conducted and will be adjusted according to evolving viability and technology. In support of the above, we annually participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Read more in our sustainable development report.

Control and reduce atmospheric emissions

In addition to ensuring compliance with atmospheric emissions regulations, we focus on mitigating the social impacts of odour emissions. We have biannual air quality management meetings with the communities within which our fishmeal plants are located to engage on matters of common concern and communicate pertinent environmental management information. We monitor our CO2 emissions in absolute terms and per unit of normalised activity.

Read more in our sustainable development report.

Conserve water and reduce water pollution

Oceana implements various water reuse and reduction initiatives to support water conservation. We significantly reduce our reliance on potable water through desalination initiatives. In 2018, we constructed two desalination plants, at St Helena Bay and Laaiplek, which enable us to produce up to 1.4 million litres of potable water per day and contribute to the water security of neighbouring communities.

Read more in our sustainable development report.

Reduce waste

We achieved our target to ensure no food that was fit for human or animal consumption was sent to landfills, but instead directed to our fishmeal processing facilities. Our principal initiative is the processing of horse mackerel not suitable for the frozen fish market and the cannery offal (fish heads, tails and guts) into fishmeal. We continue to identify and implement recycling and re-use initiatives across the business, to reduce the volume of waste that is sent to landfill.

Read more in our sustainable development report.