At Stolthaven Terminals, our ambition is to become the most respected global storage provider by ensuring we create value for our stakeholders as well as wider society, while also protecting our planet.
We have aligned our overall approach to sustainability with five of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action and Life Below Water. These are underpinned by our four 'Don’t mess with' core beliefs:
World-class safety standards
We comply with, and often exceed regulatory requirements across all our operations. We understand that it is crucial for our terminals to be well designed, safely operated and properly maintained to prevent accidents or leaks of products. Our processes also ensure we manage our asset integrity and prevent leaks, spills and any other technical failures or breakdowns. Process safety starts at the early design phase of building and continues throughout their lifecycle.
Our ongoing continuous improvement programmes mean that we explore and implement technology to reduce our operators’ exposure to potentially hazardous situations. One example of this is the introduction of new automated tank loading processes. These enable our technicians to focus on the safe management of the overall product handling process and reduce their direct exposure to potential risks.
Safety awareness and training
We are proud of our safety record, but know that we can do more and must not become complacent. Maintaining our good record relies on the dedication of our people. All of our employees, including contractors, are expected to meet our safety standards and requirements. They receive both classroom-based and ‘on the job’ training during daily operations. We have introduced new Global Stolthaven Safety Standards which stipulate the minimum safety requirements for all of our terminals. In addition, we regularly hold safety days at each of our sites, covering all levels and job functions. These events focus on improving safety awareness and responsibility towards colleagues, encouraging people to view safety as the most important aspect of their daily duties and highlighting any issues specific to individual terminals.
Reduce, repurpose, reuse
We understand that how we run our business can have a positive effect on the environment and are focused on reducing the resources needed for our operations, including energy and water consumption. Our Singapore site has installed 500 solar panels which provide 140 MWh (megawatt hours) per annum of electricity. We are making further investments at our terminals to reduce energy consumption for steam production. By installing condensate recovery systems and economisers on our boilers, we have reduced energy requirements at certain terminals by around 10 percent. Our CO2 emissions are already low, however we have made an additional reduction of 278 tonnes since 2018 by installing LED lighting across several sites.
Our commitment to the UN sustainable development goal of Life Below Water is supported through reducing our reliance on mains water. We have reduced our overall water usage by using rainwater in Santos, Brazil for tank washing and we recirculate the condensate from steam-heating at all our terminals. In addition our terminals in Houston and New Orleans, US offer state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facilities, efficiently serving the needs of both the terminals and customers.
And when it comes to our tanks, we are conscious of the environmental impact when building both new facilities and removing those at the end of their lifecycle. Recent examples where we have repurposed tanks include the relocation of tanks from the former Bell Bay terminal to minimise resources needed for new facilities at Newcastle, Australia. In addition a former product tank at our Wynyard terminal which is being demolished has been repurposed as a fire water tank at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.