Operations

HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT (HSE)

In keeping with EGA’s strong commitment to sustainability practices, GAC has a vision of “Zero Harm”, which means preventing any loss to people, property, process, the environment,  and our neighbours. This has allowed GAC to achieve world-class HSE performance through implementation of HSE standards, procedures and management system.

GAC recently conducted a Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (“SEIA”) in which there were commitments made to protect the environment and ensure their continued responsibility in social development and investment. Click here  to download the SEIA.

GAC has also prepared a Land Acquisition, Compensation & Resettlement Framework (LACRF) which sets out the principles, procedures, entitlements, eligibility criteria and organisational arrangements that govern GAC’s compensation for impacts to land and livelihoods. For each of the key project areas, there is a separate Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) covering the land acquisition and compensation impacts and GAC’s commitments to restore and improve on the livelihoods and standard of living of those communities impacted by GAC’s activities. Click here to download the LACRF and here to download the RAPs. These are available in English and French.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

GAC’s health and safety vision of “Zero Harm” is achieved by focusing on identifying and controlling hazards and reducing exposure to risks to acceptable levels, as well as supporting the general health and well-being of all employees, contractors and the communities.

In January 2016, GAC achieved a significant milestone of 14.6 million man-hours without a Lost Time Injury (“LTI”).

GAC is in the process of implementing a safety culture maturity model which focuses on proactive safety and each employee’s responsibility in ensuring a safe workplace. Supervisors are key in ensuring our safety culture matures. To help drive this GAC is implementing a series of leading indicators that will help drive and measure success.

GAC Health and Safety team

ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT

Aiming to minimise the impact of its operations on the environment and the surrounding communities, GAC promotes the efficient use of resources, the reduction and prevention of pollution and the enhancement of biodiversity protection through the life cycle of the project.

Having adopted the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) Performance Standards in 2012 and the Equator Principles III in 2013, GAC’s environmental management plan includes among others:

  • Biodiversity Management Plan;
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control Management Plan;
  • Water Management Plan;
  • Rehabilitation and re-vegetation Management Plan;
  • Waste Management Plan;
  • Dredge and Disposal Management Plan;
  • Air Quality Management Plan; and
  • Noise and Vibration Management Plan.

GAC’s concession includes areas of critical habitat for the West African Chimpanzee (Pan Troglodyte verus) and the endangered Western Red Colobus (Procolobus badius). The Biodiversity Management Plan ensures that GAC contributes to the protection of wildlife populations in general and the critical habitat of the two endangered species in particular. As required by the Performance Standard 6, residual impacts on critical habitat can be mitigated using biodiversity offsets.

GAC works with the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (“WCF”) and The Biodiversity Consultancy (“TBC”) to implement environmental education programs about wildlife protection and endangered species management programmes. These include mitigation measures against hunting, slash and burn farming practices, uncontrolled bushfires, and collection of wood for human activities.

More recent initiatives include the feasibility study for an offset program to enable a local net gain of the West African Chimpanzee population.

GAC working with wild chimpanzee foundationEnvironmentalists taking the temperature of river in GAC's concessionwith wild chimpanzee foundation