Swimsol’s business is founded on environmental sustainability, promoting the installation of solar PV systems to replace conventional energy generation, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and associated hazards.
The installation and maintenance of solar PV systems generally have few environmental risks and impacts, but the integration of environmental impact management measures is required to avoid and minimise impacts.
Swimsol’s main environmental management issues are associated with floating solar marine works and associated terrestrial cabling to connect into the client’s existing power grid, and waste management (segregation, reuse, recycling, disposal) from rooftop and floating installations and office and warehouse activities.
Swimsol’s environmental management objective is to undertake all business activities in an environmentally sustainable manner by avoiding, minimising and managing all activities to conserve natural resources and biological diversity (water, soils, unique and fragile ecosystems and landscapes) in accordance with national laws, regulations and standards and GIIP. Environmental management is integrated into system design, installation and maintenance.
Swimsol’s environmental management is based on:
- E&S SOPs, supported by detailed planning and implementation instructions, with a focus on avoiding, minimising and managing the impacts of marine works on coral and other marine habitat types, cabling though terrestrial native vegetation and waste management.
- Staff induction and on-the-job training to enable employees to fulfil their responsibilities efficiently and cost effectively.
- Project environmental and social impact assessment in accordance with national requirements, to obtain any necessary approvals / permits.
- System design to withstand extreme local conditions (tropical climate, salt air and seasonal storms), to achieve stable rooftop panels and floating solar platforms.
- Floating system design to avoid marine ecosystem impacts, with a focus on significant habitat features such as coral and native vegetation.
- Low impact marine installation methods, avoiding damage when assembling, floating and mooring platforms.
- Daily supervision of installation activities to improve performance and monitor compliance.
- Constant monitoring and timely maintenance of solar PV systems.
- Rapid investigation of any incidents and implementation of corrective actions.
- Monitoring of E&S management against regulatory requirements and Swimsol’s ESMS.