CKPower recognizes the importance of operating an electricity producing business without creating impacts on the environment and communities and has thus prioritized the environmental and natural resource management by investing in clean and renewable energy-based power projects that cause minimal pollution and utilize resources efficiently in production, such as hydroelectric, solar, and combined cycle power plants. The company also selects cutting-edge, eco-friendly technology to achieve balance between business and environmental protection in accordance with sustainable development guidelines. In addition, all power plants of the company strictly have environmental policies and strictly comply with all relevant environmental laws and regulations while also engaging in environmental care and the quality of life improvement within surrounding communities. Furthermore, the Nam Ngum 2 Hydroelectric Power Plant (NN2) and Bang Pa-in Cogeneration Power Plants 1 and 2 (BIC1 & 2) have been accredited for ISO 14001:2015 for their environmental management systems. In 2019, the company and its subsidiaries received no complaints from the communities around the power plants or other stakeholders and found no violation of environmental laws or regulations.
Water resource management
Water is a critical resource for the company’s business operations because over 80% of its electricity production is attributed to hydroelectric power plants. As such, the company develops management plans to maintain appropriate water levels in reservoirs and assesses risks brought about by seasonal variation in rainfall to formulate water management plans to ensure sufficient water levels for electricity production all year round. An example of these initiatives is the main inlet valve (MIV) adjustment project, which enhances production efficiency by reducing loss of water, which is one of the costs in power production.
The project has successfully saved THB 7 million in maintenance expenses upon each equipment malfunction. In addition, as combined cycle power plants require an enormous amount of water in power generation, the company has placed emphasis on water management for maximum efficiency to avoid the risk of water shortage.
In 2019, CKPower’s combined cycle power plants consumed approximately 2 cubic meters of water in the production of electricity and steam. In terms of water management, the company recorded data on water usage and organized projects and activities that would decrease water consumption and enable it to plan water utilization in the future, such as the adjustment and control of the chloride range in cooling water, which improved water use efficiency and reduce loss by recycling wastewater. The project reduced the amount of wastewater generated by the cooling towers and the water added to the cooling systems by more than 50,000 cubic meters per year and saved over THB 2 million in costs.
CKPower has placed emphasis on reducing both hazardous and non-hazardous waste from business operations and has thus created waste management protocols in order to serve as guidance for the controlling and management of waste generated by the company’s business operations, products, and services as well as to ensure that all types of waste are managed correctly and appropriately according to relevant regulations. The protocols also cover all waste produced by contractors and operators working on the properties of the company.
The Hero! Solar Zero Waste Project: Bangkhenchai Company Limited organized activities for 50 local children living in the vicinity of the Bangkhenchai Solar Power Plant to cultivate eco-consciousness and educate them about waste sorting and recycling.
More than 80% of the power produced by CKPower is derived from hydroelectric and solar power plants, which rely on renewable energy and therefore do not involve the burning of fossil fuels or emission of air pollutants. On the other hand, the company’s co-generation power plants utilize natural gases, which release air pollutants. Therefore the company has placed great emphasis on controlling and inspecting the air quality and the emissions of pollutants from its power plants that may affect communities and the environment in the vicinity. To this end, the company has employed various cutting-edge emission control technologies and regularly monitor and inspect the air quality at the chimneys and other areas across the properties. The results of the air quality testing according to EIA standards found that the air quality of the power plants was above the standards required by the law.
Nature provides habitats for living organisms and is the origin of various resources vital to the existence of humanity Biodiversity is thus one of the indicators that reflect the health of the environment and ecosystems. It is undeniable that advances across different dimensions of modern life have had extensive impact on biodiversity, leading to the destruction of natural resources, extinction risks for certain plant and animal species, as well as loss of wildlife habitats. CKPower is thus committed to environmental and social responsibility in its business operations and recognizes the significance and benefits of biodiversity, with a vision that seeks to deliver energy security on the path of sustainability.
Therefore, CKPower thoroughly conducts environmental impact assessment for every project and prescribes preventive measures and solutions covering physical, biological, and biodiversity aspects. The company also executes activities as part of biodiversity management throughout the process, from designing to the development of projects to mitigate impacts on biodiversity (if any), and has set a goal of achieving no net loss of biodiversity as part of environmental impact assessment for all new projects. So far, all projects of the company and its subsidiaries have compiled EIA reports and none of the them are in conservation zones or world heritage sites. In 2019, the Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power organized the Happy Fish activity, in which fish were released into the “Fish Palace,” a spot with a large fish population located upstream of the Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant, as part of the “fish ordination” ceremony. The objective of the activity was to create a conservation zone for local fish species so that they could thrive and continue to be vital resources for local communities along the Mekong river. The activity was conducted under the guidance of fishery biologists, who provided information on fish species that could be released into the wild and how to release them, as well as expert consultants and environmental engineers. All the fish released into the “Fish Palace” were species found in the Mekong river and were supplied by the Department of Livestock and Fisheries of the Lao PDR.