CKPower recognizes the importance of operating a sustainable electricity producing business without creating impacts on the environment, natural resources, and communities or seeking ways to minimize such impacts. As such, it focuses on 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. CKPower also selects cutting-edge, eco-friendly technology to achieve balance between business and environmental protection in accordance with sustainable development guidelines.
CKPower has also formulated environmental policies to serve as guidelines for all of its power plants as well as strictly complies with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, while also engaging in environmental care and improving the quality of life 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 – a testament to CKPower’s commitment to technological development and business conduct guided by care of the environment, natural resources, and communities.
Throughout the last four years of operation, CKPower and its subsidiaries have not received any complaints from communities surrounding the power plants or stakeholders nor violated any environmental laws or regulations. The Company strives to maintain this standard as a transparent, accountable, and community-friendly business.
Water Resource Management
Water is a critical resource for CKPower’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 saves approximately 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.
The adjustment of chloride range in the cooling towers in BIC 1
In 2020, 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 reduced loss by recycling wastewater. The project reduced the amount of effluent generated by the cooling towers and the water added to the cooling systems by more than 80,000 cubic meters per year and saved over THB 3 million in costs, achieving the 2020 goal of reducing 30,000 cubic meters of effluent and setting a new target for 2021.
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 in the Company’s supply chain. Furthermore, CKPower conducted training on waste management for its employees, such as a training program for employees residing around the Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant, as well as checked whether the participants were able to dispose of waste properly and monitored environmental impacts of the Company’s waste management. It was found that those living around the plant gave full cooperation in sorting waste at the source, enabling the Company to dispose of each type of waste properly.
Waste Management Training for Residents around the Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant
CKPower held training for a total of 192 residents around the Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant to educate them on sorting and eliminating each type of waste as well as the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) in order to foster understanding and ensure proper practice. The Company also kept track of whether the residents were able to dispose of waste correctly. The 2021 target is to reduce the amount of general waste per capita by 20%.
Reduction of Gas Compressor Lubricant Use
Bangpa-in Cogeneration Power Plant has undertaken the improvement of its machinery lubrication injection system to increase efficiency and match the actual consumption level, thus significantly reducing the amount of lubricant used and hazardous waste generated. In 2020, the power plant effectively reduced the amount of lubricant used and hazardous waste produced by approximately 7,200 liters per year, thus saving around Baht 209,000 per year in cost of lubrication and waste oil disposal.
Paper-X Project (Waste paper segregation)
To reduce waste and maximize paper recycling and reuse, CKPower launched the Paper-X Project with the goal of reducing 1,000 kilograms of waste paper. Waste paper was divided into three types: 1) white paper, 2) cardboard/brown paper, and 3) others, so that it could be recycled and distributed to schools around CKPower’s power plants for further use. The results showed that the project enabled the employees to sort waste paper correctly, reduced the consumption of resources in paper production, and supported the education of the students in the vicinity of CKPower’s power plants.
Bottles…in Exchange of…Happiness” Campaign
In order to create jobs and generate income for the residents of Chak Daeng Temple Communities, promote waste separation in the Company, and restore value to used PET bottles, the Bottles in Exchange of Happiness campaign aimed to collect 88 kilograms of PET bottles to produce fibers for the production of monk robes. After the launch, the campaign drew tremendous attention and overwhelming feedback, enabling CKPower to collect as much as 348 kilograms, equivalent to 18,702 PET bottles in only nine weeks. The collected PET bottles were transformed into 1,390 sets of monk robes, almost four times more than the target.
“Separate Bottles to Help Doctors” Campaign
Aiming to contribute 100 PPE suits, which required 1,800 clear PET bottles, CKPower collected PET bottles and sent them to Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), the donation hub of the Separate Bottles to Help Doctors Campaign. CKPower was able to collect a total of 73 kilograms of PET bottles, which were transformed into as many as 190 PPE suits, in only five weeks, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 67% and saved energy otherwise consumed by 79%.
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, CKPower 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 in 2020 found that the air quality of the power plants was above the standards required by the law.
Air Pollution Control Performance
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.
CKPower recognizes the importance of biodiversity. As its business involves the diversity around its power plants, which is intertwined with the way of life of local communities, CKPower has introduced a clear policy and guideline to protect biodiversity and its neighboring communities as detailed below.
CKPower is committed to environmental and biodiversity management in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and seeks to control, prevent, and minimize environmental impacts by utilizing resources sustainably as well as restoring and maintaining biodiversity, with emphasis on preventing pollution at the source. The Company also promotes the adoption of cutting-edge, efficient, and environmentally-friendly innovation and technology in its business operations.
CKPower also promotes community development and prioritizes listening to opinion of communities and stakeholders in accordance with the principles of human rights. It also engages and discusses with stakeholders directly impacted by its operations and relevant agencies in the development of its projects to minimize impacts on the ecosystem.
CKPower also communicates with its executives and employees to foster understanding and raise awareness on biodiversity as well as promotes technology transfer among those relevant in order to review and improve the Company’s environmental management process and regularly elevate its environmental management and quality control.
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 carries out 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.