Environmental Impact Mitigation

Energy Use and Conservation

We keep paying attention to the issue of improving the efficiency of energy use. Therefore, we continue to replace old energy-consuming equipment, and through various energy management measures, achieve the synergy of energy saving and carbon reduction.

Energy policies:

Energy efficiency Measures

In addition to urging all employees to turn off the lights, the General Affairs Department makes monthly statistics and announcements on the electricity and paper consumption of each floor of the company’s headquarters in that month, showing the efficiency results by comparing with the same period in the previous year, and discussing possible energy consumption and assisting in providing energy-saving methods, to implement energy conservation and carbon reduction in all aspects of daily operations. The main energy efficiency measures implemented by the company headquarters in 2022 were as follows:

Environmental impact mitigation - protection measures

In order to reduce the possible environmental impact during the construction of the construction site, we abide by the relevant environmental protection laws and regulations of the central and local authorities, and have established the “Environmental Management and Maintenance Standards for Engineering Projects” for strict control. In view of the temporary pollution that may be caused by each construction site, our main environmental protection improvement countermeasures and preventive measures are as follows:

Noise Control

  • In accordance to the “Technical Guidelines on Construction Site Noise Control” promulgated by the Environmental Protection Administration, we continue to take actions reduce noises at construction sites, adopting “management measures” and “prevention facilities” for construction personnel, construction time, construction methods, construction machinery, as well as construction facilities and equipment.
  • According to the construction phases such as site preparation, excavation, foundation, construction and decoration, we formulate the following noise control measures: electric power instead of diesel power generation, electrification of engine, use of hydraulic lifting equipment, use of full casing piles and reverse circulation construction methods such as field-casting piles or precast piles, use of hydraulic or cutting demolition methods with the avoidance of high-noise machinery at the same time.
  • Noise prevention and regular maintenance of machinery and equipment: for parts that are prone to noise (such as the engine), we install a soundproof cover, and fire-proof sound-absorbing materials inside the soundproof cover; construction machinery that is prone to vibration and noise should be installed at the bottom of the machine base with damping pads or springs (such as rubber pads).
  • We carry out our construction project within the construction time stipulated in the statutory noise control area, to reduce the occurrence of construction at night and shorten the operation time.

Water and soil pollution prevention and control

  • We signed a contract with an environmental protection professional testing company approved by the Environmental Protection Administration to carry out testing on specific construction sites for domestic wastewater, construction wastewater, vehicle cleaning wastewater, waste mud, waste stabilizing fluid, and chemical grouting.
  • We first precipitate the cleansing water for concrete operations and muddy water stabilizer for foundation excavation operations, and filter them before discharging into sewers or rivers.
  • We provide appropriate coverage and drainage facilities in place for the construction access road to avoid erosion.
  • When carrying out constructions near rivers, we implement water and soil conservation in accordance with the laws and regulations of the owner and other agencies, and select low-pollution construction methods and configure relatively sufficient water pollution prevention and control facilities to reduce river water pollution.
  • We regularly maintain construction vehicles and equipment to avoid oil leakage. It is forbidden to change engine oil, lubricating oil and other liquid oils at the construction sites, and all maintenance and maintenance should be carried out in the car maintenance yard outside the construction sites.
  • We select oil products with low sulfur content for the fuel-power construction machinery, and cooperate with environmental inspection and testing.

Protect water resources at the construction sites

Construction pollution and control over drainage at construction sites and pollutants during pavement construction. We set up overflow protection facilities and intercepting ditches to reduce the overflow of pollution sources. We strictly control the water resources at construction sites, and the supervisors of each construction site shall implement the following items:

  • Waste water from construction (such as cleansing water and release agents) must be filtered before being discharged.
  • The water quality of each sedimentation basin should be regularly checked.
  • If there is a ditch under a waste storage site, the ditch should be covered to prevent blockage and contamination.
  • The vehicle cleansing facility should be set up at a designated point at a construction site, and the vehicle should be washed at the designated point.
  • The bentonite liquid used for the retaining works should be recycled by the contractor under the supervision of the construction site personnel and disposed of in accordance with regulations.
  • Each ditch within and around a construction site should be covered or equipped with a screen filter.
  • The drainage ditch at each construction site should be dredged regularly.

Air pollution prevention and control

The Environmental Protection Administration tightened air pollution control regulations for construction projects from November 1, 2022. The construction sites of a certain scale are required to be equipped with an air quality monitoring system. We have taken relevant preventive measures in advance and installed monitoring systems at construction sites across the country for prompt, effective control over construction operation with the purpose of complying with laws and regulations and strengthening self-management capabilities.

Measures on Air pollution prevention and control

  • Set up fences with appropriate height around the construction base according to law, in order to reduce dust emission.
  • Sprinkle water on the bare ground at construction sites, cover the ground with dust-proof nets or pave it with concrete and gravel to reduce dust.
  • Pave the paths for vehicle at construction site with steel plates or concrete to effectively restrain dust from emission.
  • Clean the vehicles body and wheels of the machinery leaving the construction site; vehicles which transport fugitive granular pollutants shall adopt closed containers, or cover the containers with tightly sealed covers, and the covers shall be made of dustproof cloth. For the dust-proof net, the edge shall extend to at least 15 cm below the upper edge of the cargo box.

Waste management

The waste generated from our operation activities includes domestic waste from employees, construction waste, and remaining earthwork, etc. The waste is treated according to different categories as follows:

Domestic waste

Domestic waste generated by employees at the company’s headquarters and construction sites is classified and recycled in accordance with environmental protection laws and regulations, and the promotion of waste reduction and classification is strengthened by posting posters and other means. Public work offices across the country have comprehensively carried out waste classification, kitchen waste recycling, and other materials recycling. All waste is entrusted to qualified private and public agencies for waste removal and disposal in accordance with the law for clearance, transport, and disposal.

Construction and soil waste

Construction waste and building demolition residues generated at construction site are entrusted to qualified recycling organizations for removal and disposal, after we collect reusable resources such as metals, plastics, and wood as much as possible. Reusable waste is sort out in processing factories through the further procedures of manual primary selection and electromagnetic separation.As for the treatment of construction surplus earthwork, early in the planning stage of the construction project Kedge Construction prioritizes the design for the earthwork balance with no earth transported outward at a construction site, or reduce the transportation of earthwork through the earth exchange between construction sites. For earth that is difficult to recycle and reuse, the Procurement department will entrust a professional contractor approved by the owner to sign a contract for excavation, sludge disposal and backfilling. All of earthwork will be transported to the legally established waste disposal site or earthwork resource storage sites in accordance with the regulations of the construction management unit.

In addition, in order to promote the recycling and reuse of construction waste, we collaborated with Kindom Development and MINIWIZ and recycle waste materials such as falling prevention nets, adhesive films, and canvases from construction sites for the first time to make double-wall waterproof boards. With the Erchongpu construction project as a demonstration target, we will be gradually expanded such methods to different construction projects in the future.

Photos with MINIWIZ

Compliance with the environmental protection laws and regulations

We have an Occupational Safety Office, responsible for the supervision of environmental protection related to construction projects, and it assigns environmental protection personnel to be responsible for relevant affairs in each construction project according to laws and regulations. The personnel must participate in the regular/irregular environmental protection publicity meetings or the education and training sessions organized by the environmental protection agency of the local government concerning construction projects. Regarding the investment and use of major equipment for environmental pollution prevention and control for construction projects, the key points of pollution prevention that generate possible benefits are as follows:

  • Proceed in accordance with the regulations of the county and city construction management and environmental protection agencies or units.
  • Selected low-pollution construction methods and low-noise machines in the planning stage.
  • Configure pollution prevention facilities during construction.

Since each construction project is subcontracted to professional contractors approved by the owner, pollution prevention equipment such as fences at construction site (2.4m high for the first-level construction site; 1.8m high for the second-level construction site), overflow prevention facilities, dust-proof nets, rented water tanks for roads cleaning, vehicle washing stations, high-pressure vehicle washing machines, intercepting ditches, water collection wells, sedimentation tanks, temporary toilets, high-floor garbage pipelines, waste dumps and other facilities are also handled by the subcontractors themselves. Our Occupational Safety Office (environmental and health team) will send personnel to perform regular/irregular check-up on each construction project. If any deficiencies are found, immediate improvement is required. Therefore, there is no need to install or purchase special equipment to prevent environmental pollution.

Environmental protection and education and training

  • Our Occupational Safety Office is in charge of the supervision of environmental protection of construction projects, and assigns environmental protection personnel to each construction project in accordance with laws and regulations to be responsible for this matter. The personnel must participate in the regular/irregular environmental protection publicity meetings and education/training sessions organized by the environmental protection agency of the government under the jurisdiction of the construction project.
  • All environmental protection processes, including various equipment and measures, are handled in accordance with environmental protection laws and regulations (such as Waste Disposal Act, Water Pollution Control Act, Air Pollution Control Act, etc.) and each owner’s special regulations. If any deficiencies are found, immediate improvement is required.
  • We hold environmental protection training and lectures in various construction projects from time to time, and often send personnel to participate in environmental protection lectures organized by government units, so as to strengthen our employees’ and our collaborative suppliers’ awareness of environmental protection and implement construction environmental protection work.
  • We actively invite and arrange nearby residents and government inspection units to participate in project briefings, and maintain harmonious relationships and communication with local community.