We are committed to following high standards of environmental protection and adhering to the principles of sustainable development and protecting biodiversity.
We recognise quality, environment, health and safety as among the key elements to ensure sustainability in our business operations. To achieve this, British American Tobacco Malaysia employs rigorous and transparent environmental management systems and strives to continue enhancing them. We seek to control and reduce our environmental impacts using the '4 Rs' principle: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover.
Key highlights of our environmental performance
Energy-efficient initiatives - In 2015, as part of the continuous drive for energy efficiency, the Company consolidated the Secondary Manufacturing Department's cigarette making machines into one main area and have converted the additional space into a Wrapping Materials Warehouse (WMS-A). With this, the Company was able to reduce the usage of lighting and achieved a saving of approximately 7,776 kilowatt hour per month. All conventional high bay lights (250 watts) at the new Wrapping Materials Warehouse were replaced with LED high bay lights (100 watts) which saved an additional 16,560 kilowatt hour per month. The Company also replaced one of its boilers to a unit with a higher capacity. The upgraded boiler reduced the number of boiler needed to run daily from two units to just one unit at a certain hour for the requirement of the Primary Manufacturing Department. The new boiler is also more efficient in waste heat recovery.
Biofilters are used in the Company to organically remove odour from exhaust gases released to the atmosphere from our factory operations.
In conjunction with World Environment Day in June 2011, British American Tobacco Malaysia installed a rain water harvesting tank in the factory premise. This tank operates to collect rain water directed from the factory area. Built from recycled water tanks, it has a capacity of 2,200 litres. Harvested rain water is recycled for use in daily cleaning of our waste disposal area and management of factory waste processes.
The rain water harvesting system is projected to reduce domestic water consumption by 100,000 litres annually.
In 2015, the replacement of three condenser return pump units at the Primary Manufacturing Department was done to enable a more efficient recovery of condensate steam return to the boiler water tank feed which is used for water recycling purposes.
Air, atmosphere and noise pollution management
The Company has installed acoustic curtains and erected a noise enclosure around the air compressors in the factory to reduce overall noise emissions.
Sequestering carbon dioxide through Afforestation
British American Tobacco Malaysia is committed to supporting long term environmental sustainability through reducing its carbon footprint. This is aligned to the nation’s goal of reducing 40% of its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the year 2020 compared to 2005 levels.
Over the years, British American Tobacco Malaysia has planted more than 6,467 hectares of various tree species (equivalent to 8,858 football fields). Planted in the Forest Management Unit No.4 in Ulu Tungud, Sabah, the afforestation programme has sequestered more than 172,500 tonnes of CO2.
Managing our operations responsibly
A yearly surveillance is carried out by external auditors, Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance in order to maintain the highest standards underpinning the IMS. In May 2015, the surveillance audit on Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) was completed without any minor or major no-compliance findings.
EHS Mentoring Programme
In 2008, our three year Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Mentoring Programme was developed with the objective of benchmarking key business partners’ EHS standards against that of the Company’s and to share with them our business expertise and best environment, health and safety practices.
The Company's business partner, Benkert (M) Sdn Bhd who is our service provider for tipping paper, was identified for the EHS Mentoring Programme last year and is currently in their second year of the programme.
Best practices in our factory
Final polish: Special Tundra peat from Europe
British American Tobacco Malaysia possesses two bio-filter plants in Virginia Park, Petaling Jaya to treat our factory emissions before being discharged into the atmosphere. We took a step further in this treatment process by installing a special Tundra peat bed imported from Europe. The Tundra peat bed is the final polish in our treatment process as it acts to breakdown the emission smell biologically.
We were the first private company in 2006 to send non-hazardous wastes to Recycle Energy Malaysia in Semenyih for conversion to refuse derived fuel pellets. All our hazardous wastes are sent to Kualiti Alam Facility in Bukit Nanas Negri Sembilan for disposal. Liquid wastes from our operations are treated by our in-house Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP), which is in compliance with Standard B of the Department of Environment (DOE) requirements.
In November 2013, the effluent treat plants were reinforced with more effective bio-treatment processes.
Please refer to our 2006 – 2008 Social Report and our latest Annual Report for more information on our Environmental Management initiatives.