We take any incident that impacts on the environment very seriously and ensure they are fully investigated to prevent reoccurrence.
In 2014, we had no violations* of an environmental law or regulation, however 19 incidents met our internal criteria for a significant or critical environmental incident. These definitions exceed the legal reporting requirements in some of our areas of operation but we feel it gives us a clearer understanding of our issues.
In Europe we had 10 of these types of environmental incidents and in Canada we had 9. Only one of these incidents resulted in enforcement action from the environmental regulator in that geography.
Each of these events has been fully investigated and actions taken to prevent reoccurrence. We continue to invest significant resources against environmental risk improvement projects, primarily though not exclusively in the area of waste water risk management. Over $13M has been invested in building or upgrading waste water treatment facilities in 2014.
*Violation: We use the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) definition of a violation, i.e. A violation occurs when an authorized body (e.g., governmental body, independent commercial or non-commercial regulator, etc.) determines that a law, regulation, code, etc. related to environmental or ecological issues has been breached, and the fine or penalty is over $10,000.