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Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers

Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF) operates chemicals, energy and fertiliser businesses that service Australian and overseas markets.

We have operations around Australia across 62 locations and employ around 1,400 people nationally. Our revenue this year was $1.8 billion.  We also have a 50 per cent interest in an ammonium nitrate facility in Queensland (QNP), but we do not operate that business and it is not included in this report.

Material Issues

  • Safety
  • Employee engagement
  • Community contribution
  • Responsible operations

Growing our safety culture

WesCEF’s safety identity - 'Safe Person, Safe Process, Safe Place' - continues to support safety leadership, grow our safety culture and improve our risk awareness to choose safer behaviours. This year, our total recordable injury frequency rate reduced by 27 per cent from the previous year to 9.4, while our lost time injury frequency rate reduced by 39 per cent to 3.1. Practical tools introduced during the year include 'TALKs', a structured safety conversation by supervisors, and pre-task risk assessments called 'STOPs'. We also introduced Kleenheat Gas Driver Safety Forums to bring together drivers, transport contractors, senior managers and team members from sales and logistics to exchange ideas, discuss issues and concerns and progress targeted safety improvements.

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Safety performance

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2014   9.4
2013   13.0
2012   17.11
2011   15.81
2010   17.91
1 Figures restated due to a reclassification of data

Innovative engineering solutions improve workplace safety

Kleenheat Gas introduced a new, low-cost engineering solution that makes valve testing of Kleenheat’s liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders safer and more efficient. The new LPG cylinder valve testing device is relatively easy to use and provides operators with reassurance that there are no pressure hazards when working with a cylinder. In making the process safer and more efficient, more cylinders are tested more regularly and this improves the overall safety and quality assurance of cylinders in the community.

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Employee engagement

Through WesCEF’s commitment to develop our people, CSBP Fertilisers is working towards being the best in agricultural nutrition knowledge and fertiliser sales. Evaluations via a newly-developed sales competency framework identified an opportunity for improvement in the sales skills of our regionally-based area managers, resulting in the introduction of a new training program this year. The program has successfully introduced a more structured training approach to fertiliser sales, relationship management, customer support and new business processes. Improved customer satisfaction during the year, can in part be attributed to these improvements in training. Implementation will continue in the coming year, and learnings from the training are being embedded within standard business processes. 

Supplying cheaper natural gas to meet the needs of our Western Australian customers

After entering the Western Australian natural gas market in FY13, offering a choice in natural gas retailers to more than 620,000 WA homes for the first time, Kleenheat Gas continues to attract new customers through cheaper natural gas and a vision to provide great service. Kleenheat Gas retails natural gas to residential, small business, commercial and industrial customers from Geraldton to Busselton connected to the main gas distribution system. For over a year Kleenheat Gas has been giving WA consumers choice and the opportunity to save on their natural gas bills to reduce household costs.

Supporting the communities in which we operate

During the year we provided support to a range of community organisations to the value of $499,692. This support included sponsorships of Youth Focus, the Clontarf Foundation, the Salvation Army and the WACA Regional Junior Cricket Program, as well as our support of mental health first aid training in schools in Kwinana and Rockingham. We also supported our employees in their participation in the Chevron City to Surf for Activ, the Bupa Bike Hike for Asthma, Movember in support of men’s health, and Wear Purple to Work Day to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care WA.

Community contributions

529,334

$
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Direct
2014   499,692
2013   510,000
2012   490,000
2011   290,000
2010   440,000
Indirect
2014   29,642
2013   30,000
2012   0
2011   0
2010   10,000

Meeting our regulatory requirements

We continued our strong focus on regulatory compliance throughout the year, building on WesCEF’s already strong internal reporting culture. In the 2014 financial year, there were 20 occasions where environmental licence conditions were either exceeded or not fully met. None of these recorded events resulted in any material environmental harm, injury, prosecution or fine. Click here for additional detail on these events. 

Operating our business responsbily by continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Improvements to nitrous oxide abatement technology, initially installed in CSBP’s nitric acid plants at Kwinana two years ago, coupled with the adoption of this technology in an additional nitric acid plant commissioned this year, continued to significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, achieving an average 92 per cent total nitrous oxide abatement this year.

As a result, WesCEF’s Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse emissions were estimated at 825,516 tonnes of CO2e.  In additions, Scope 3 emissions associated with our electricity, natural gas, liquid fuels and waste were estimated to be 96,403 tonnes CO2e. The total was 921,919 tonnes CO2e compared with 979,000 tonnes CO2e last year. This reduction was also partly due to the second nitric acid plant being offline for three months.

Greenhouse gas emissions

922

Tonnes CO2e: '000
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2014   922
2013   979
2012   1,626
2011   2,023
2010   2,025

 

Energy use

14.7

Petajoules
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2014   14.7
2013   14.8
2012   14.7
2011   18.3
2010   17.9