Biodiversity: 304-1 to 304-4

  • Management Approach

    Barloworld’s operations do not have a material direct impact on biodiversity. This is due to the mainly urban location of its operations and the nature of its business. Despite this, the group’s impact on biodiversity will continue to be monitored and should this necessitate a response, a strategy will be developed and implemented.

    However, if one of our suppliers was judged to have had a severe impact on an area of high biodiversity value, and therefore be in breach of Barloworld’s own Code of Ethics and Worldwide Code of Conduct, the group would consider an appropriate response.

    The group has not needed to address any biodiversity protection or rehabilitation matters during the year, nor have its activities impacted on threatened species or their habitat. The group will continuously take these aspects into account in constructing or renovating any facilities in future. Currently the group does not focus on specific biodiversity impacts of its activities nor is this anticipated to be a material matter into the future, given the locations and nature of its operations.

    Despite the insignificant direct impact our operations have on biodiversity, we remain mindful that the use of some of our products may have an indirect impact on biodiversity through climate change.

    • Avis Budget SA purchased sufficient carbon credits in the form of Voluntary Emission Reductions (VERs) to offset its internal fuel and energy usage carbon emissions, as was the case in the prior year. 13 435 tons were purchased for 2018 for approximately R0.7 million. These VERs were purchased through Nedbank Capital and sourced through the Johannesburg Landfill Gas to Energy Project.

    The group strives to reduce and minimise environmental impact of its operations, products and solutions through a range of internal and external initiatives.

  • 304-1: Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. For each operational site owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas, the following information:
    i. Geographic location;
    ii. Subsurface and underground land that may be owned, leased, or managed by the organization;
    iii. Position in relation to the protected area (in the area, adjacent to, or containing portions of the protected area) or the high biodiversity value area outside protected areas;
    iv. Type of operation (office, manufacturing or production, or extractive);
    v. Size of operational site in km2 (or another unit, if appropriate);
    vi. Biodiversity value characterized by the attribute of the protected area or area of high biodiversity value outside the protected area (terrestrial, freshwater, or maritime ecosystem);
    vii. Biodiversity value characterized by listing of protected status (such as IUCN Protected Area Management Categories, Ramsar Convention, national legislation).

    Barloworld operations do not directly affect terrestrial fresh water or marine environments. Since sites are primarily in industrialised and urbanised areas, they do not impact on protected areas or areas with high biodiversity value.

    The group has therefore not needed to address biodiversity protection or rehabilitation matters during the year, nor have its activities affected threatened species or their habitat. We will continuously consider these aspects in constructing or renovating facilities in future.

    Our Equipment operations operate two maintenance and repair sites on customer mining properties that are adjacent to the Kruger National Park (KNP) in South Africa. The extent of property is approximately 3sq kilometers. The operations on this do not adversely impact the neighboring KNP.

  • 304-2: Significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. Nature of significant direct and indirect impacts on biodiversity with reference to one or more of the following:
    i. Construction or use of manufacturing plants, mines, and transport infrastructure;
    ii. Pollution (introduction of substances that do not naturally occur in the habitat from point and non-point sources);
    iii. Introduction of invasive species, pests, and pathogens;
    iv. Reduction of species;
    v. Habitat conversion;
    vi. Changes in ecological processes outside the natural range of variation (such as salinity or changes in groundwater level).
    b. Significant direct and indirect positive and negative impacts with reference to the following:
    i. Species affected;
    ii. Extent of areas impacted;
    iii. Duration of impacts;
    iv. Reversibility or irreversibility of the impacts.

    There are no significant impacts on areas of high biodiversity value.

  • 304-3: Habitats protected or restored

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. Size and location of all habitat areas protected or restored, and whether the success of the restoration measure was or is approved by independent external professionals.
    b. Whether partnerships exist with third parties to protect or restore habitat areas distinct from where the organization has overseen and implemented restoration or protection measures.
    c. Status of each area based on its condition at the close of the reporting period.
    d. Standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.

    Barloworld has not impacted habitats such that restoration activities were necessary.

    In certain operations, for example operations on mining sites, rehabilitation plans exist as part of the respective customer’s approved environmental management programme.

  • 304-4: IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations

    The reporting organization shall report the following information:
    a. Total number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by the operations of the organization, by level of extinction risk:
    i. Critically endangered
    ii. Endangered
    iii. Vulnerable
    iv. Near threatened
    v. Least concern

    As most operations are in urban locations, no Red List species are affected by any of the group's operations.

    In certain operations, for example operations on mining sites, rehabilitation plans exist as part of the customer’s approved environmental management programme report. Specialist studies are conducted to identify direct and indirect impacts to fauna and flora and protection and re-introduction measures are implemented accordingly.