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Sustainable Growth And The Environment


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Doğan Holding’s Environmental Projects

Doğan Holding closely monitors and implements practices and current technological developments that ensure environmental sustainability in its administrative buildings. The Holding’s head office, in use since 2011, is equipped with new generation cooling devices in line with EU norms; these devices use the eco-friendly gases R 410 and R 132. State-of-the-art, eco-friendly fire-extinguishing systems are also equipped at the headquarters building. In addition, fire extinguishers’ weight in the system has been reduced, since these are replaced with eco- and people-friendly systems deploying FM 200 and Novac 1230 gases in accordance with EU standards. The insulation technology used in the building has led to a decline in natural gas consumption for heating purposes and a drop in electricity consumption for cooling, resulting in a reduction in overall CO2 emissions.



Media

Doğan Burda: In line with its eco-friendly approach, Doğan Burda reduced its total electricity consumption by 13.3% to 182,710 kWh and sent 1,073 tons of paper to recycling in 2017. Since 2015, Doğan Burda has regularly reduced the total amount of water consumed.

Every year, ELLE Magazine's June issue is published as a green issue. In 2017, topics covered included sustainability, environment, nature and fashion related issues as well.

Energy

Doğan Enerji conducts operations at the power plants in its portfolio in compliance with all applicable legislation. The company is also committed to eco-friendly principles in its business activities. For all its power plants, Doğan Enerji has obtained the official authorization certificates and documents stipulated by the Law on Forests No. 6831, Regulation on the Licenses and Permits Required by the Law on Forests; Environmental Law No. 2872, Regulation on Permits and Licenses Required by the Environmental Law; Regulation No. 29274 on Procedures and Principles Governing the Signing of Water Consumption Rights Agreements for Generating Power in the Electricity Market; and Regulation No. 29865 on Electricity Market Licenses.

Şah WPP: As part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the Gold Standard application process was completed at Şah Wind Power Plant (WPP), reducing 1,192,668 tons of CO2 emissions in 2011-2017. Şah WPP also undertook other various environmental initiatives, such as planting 800 trees and providing vehicles, personnel and required materials to the Bursa Directorate of National Parks and Wildlife Protection. In addition, feedboxes were installed to provide food for birds during winter months, and food was placed in suitable locations for deer. Utmost attention is paid to protection of the natural environment since the turbines are located in a forest and wildlife area. Management is in constant interaction with the authorized bodies in running the operations and ensures the protection of nature in all the company’s business activities. The company sponsored the preparation of a 30-minute documentary of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs project which monitored the effects of highways and road crossings on wildlife for two years. The project and the documentary were completed at the end of the year; the documentary was submitted to Ministry officials for broadcasting on national channels.

Quality certification in environmental activities was completed in 2015 and 2016, when Şah WPP received ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 50001 Energy Management System certificates. In addition, the power plant undergoes regular audits. Other quality certification efforts in pursuit of sustainability have allowed the plant to obtain ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 10002 Customer Complaint Management System, OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System and ISO 27001 Information Security Management System certificates.

Mersin WPP: As part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the Gold Standard application process was completed at Mersin Wind Power Plant (WPP), reducing 543,971 tons of CO2 emissions in 2011-2017. Committed to improving the environmental conditions of the surrounding region, Mersin WPP planted saplings in various locations within the operating area. Since the power plant is situated in proximity to birds’ migration routes, bird observation activities are organized every six months; the findings are reported to the relevant institutions. To avoid creating any disturbance for the nearby villages, noise levels are measured and reported as well. As part of additional capacity increase efforts, the company received a positive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and ensured that the necessary activities were done in such a way that they would not harm the environment. Company officials heard the complaints and recommendations of the locals at the Public Information Meetings held in neighboring villages during the EIA process. A great deal of effort is made to meet the environmental sensitivities and social needs of the villagers.

Quality certification in environmental activities was completed in 2015 and 2016, when Mersin WPP received ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 50001 Energy Management System certificates. In addition, the power plant undergoes regular audits. Other quality certification efforts in pursuit of sustainability have allowed the plant to obtain ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 10002 Customer Complaint Management System, OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System and ISO 27001 Information Security Management System certificates.

D-Tes (9): While engaging only in electricity sales and trading, D-Tes is also very sensitive and places a special emphasis on issues related to environmental protection and sustainability.

The electricity that Doğan Enerji sells from any of the power plants in its portfolio is harmless for the environment, clean, green and renewable. Having completed its quality certification efforts in 2016, D-Tes holds ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 10002 Customer Complaints Management System, OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System, and ISO 27001 Information Security Management System certificates. DOEL will continue to work to receive the same documents in 2018.

(9) D-Tes Elektrik Enerjisi Toptan Satış A.Ş. was dissolved on 28.12.2017 through merger with Galata Wind Enerji A.Ş. From September 2017 onwards, all commercial operations were transferred from D-Tes Elektrik Enerjisi Toptan Satış A.Ş. to DOEL Elektrik Enerjisi Toptan Satış A.Ş.

Aslancık Elektrik: Carbon emission validation at Aslancık HEPP is now complete, but the verification process is still underway. After the verification process is complete, 514,454 tons of CO2emission reduction is estimated to have been achieved at Aslancık HEPP between 2014 - 2017.

Environmental quality certification activities were completed in 2015 and 2016 when Aslancık HEPP received the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 50001 Energy Management System certificates. Thanks to further quality certification efforts for sustainability purposes, the plant obtained the ISO 9001 Quality Management System, OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System and ISO 27001 Information Security Management System certificates.

Boyabat Elektrik: Under the VCS carbon verification efforts completed at Boyabat HEPP, 1,679,952 tons of net CO2 emission reduction were achieved between 2012-2017.

Having completed its quality certification activities between 2014 and 2016, Boyabat Electricity received ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 50001 Energy Management System certificates for Boyabat HEPP. Thanks to further quality certification efforts for sustainability purposes, the plant obtained the ISO 9001 Quality Management System, OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System and ISO 27001 Information Security Management System certificates.

Industry

Çelik Halat: Çelik Halat meticulously complies with the Environmental Law and is working to ensure that its operations have the minimum possible negative impact on the environment. The environmental permit that is required pursuant to Environmental Law No. 2872 was obtained at the beginning of 2015.

Çelik Halat obtains the water it uses extensively in its business processes through two main sources: well water and recycled water. The company has installed the advanced purification system in order to use natural resources more efficiently and cut costs. Waste water produced in this process is discharged in a controlled manner into the ISU channel while water quality is also periodically audited by ISU. Water samples in all periodic checks came out positive, with all indicators matching the overall standard.

To that end, authorized independent firms carry out emission measurements to ensure that the air emissions generated by production processes are kept within prescribed limits. Çelik Halat strictly complies with all applicable legislation on waste management and fulfilling all necessary requirements. In order to decrease the volume of waste resulting from its activities and ensure that well-functioning waste management systems are in place, Çelik Halat systematically undertakes the following efforts:

• Sewage sludge classified as non-hazardous is sent to licensed firms in safe waste containers and under suitable conditions.

• All packaging waste related activities are conducted in cooperation with the Environmental Protection and Packaging Waste Recovery and Recycling Foundation (ÇEVKO).

• Hazardous waste is stored in specially designed temporary containers in areas granted a temporary waste storage permit, and then sent to licensed disposal firms.

• Collection units for waste batteries are placed at company offices and specific locations in production areas. Batteries which were collected in these units are sent to organizations that are authorized by the Portable Battery Producers’ and Importers’ Association (TAP).

• Waste oil (after its beyond-use date has passed) is classified as hazardous waste in the 1st Category Waste Oil. Waste oil is either reused in the system or/and is sent to licensed recycling facilities.

• Assembly units for materials contaminated during the production process have been put in place. Materials collected from these areas are sent to licensed organizations.

• The collection of all waste in the facility, their classification in line with applicable legislation and their elimination are all undertaken in the most meticulous way possible.

Çelik Halat expends efforts to use energy and natural resources in the most efficient manner possible. To this end, use of electricity, natural gas and water are closely monitored while redundant use is prevented. Further, Çelik Halat makes continuous efforts on technical improvements to ensure the efficiency of its business processes.

Making sure that the company’s approach to the environment is embraced by the management team and employees, Çelik Halat provides on-the-job training on environment management systems to newly hired operators and white-collar employees. Additionally, each employee is required to participate in “Environmental Awareness-Raising” training programs at least once a year.

On issues related to environmental regulations, Çelik Halat is supported by the authorized expert personnel of an environmental consultancy firm the company retains. This consulting firm is also responsible for regular internal audits at Çelik Halat.

The amount of water recycled by Çelik Halat fell by 30.2% to 69,614 m3 in 2017, compared to the previous year. With correct planning and the revision of the production process, the total amount of water consumed dropped by 26.8% over the previous year to 80,649 m3. The total amount of electricity consumed by Çelik Halat rose 5.8% in 2017 to 29,393 MWh. Çelik Halat increased the electricity recycled by the cogeneration unit to 11,961 MWh in 2017, in a 30% increase over the previous year, and sent 17 tons of paper to recycling (15.1 tons in 2016).

Ditaş: Ditaş carries out its production processes with a strong sense of environmental sensitivity and conscientiously fulfills its obligations in this area. Ditaş, aiming to protect natural resources, recycled 15,120 m3 water in 2017, totaling 92,423 m3 of water over the last eight years. The amount of water consumed by Ditaş increased by 13.1% in 2017 to 56,889 m3. The ratio of recycled water to total consumption was 27% in 2017 (14% in 2016). In 2017, the total amount of electricity consumed by the company decreased by 3.5% over the prior year to 10,142 MWh.

In 2017, a total of 43,152 kg of paper, cardboard and plastic waste generated at the factory was sent to recycling companies, thus saving approximately 739 trees. With over 20 years of experience working with quality and environmental management certifications, Ditaş successfully passed its ISO/TS 16949: 2009 Quality Management Certificate audit in 2017 and extended its ISO certificate for three years. The process for converting the ISO Certificate into the IATF 16949: 2016 Quality Management Certificate is expected to commence after the audit in May 2018. Ditaş extended its existing ISO 14001: 2004 Environmental Management System Certificate in 2017, and qualified to receive the ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management System Certificate. The company also holds a FORD Q1 quality certification.

In 2016, Ditaş started to conduct its internal and external process audits in line with the German VDA 6.3 standard, and passed the audits successfully. In addition, Ditaş successfully passed MAN's VDA 6.3 audit and earned the right to become a global supplier of MAN in 2017.

In 2017, Ditaş commenced working in order to receive certification for the standards of the aviation and railway industries, which it intends to produce for. For the aviation sector, the company designed parts to be used in domestic helicopters and the first pieces designed were installed on a prototype.

Tourism

Milta Bodrum Marina: Milta Bodrum Marina is an international marina that has received the “Blue Flag” award every year since 1997 thanks to its high quality standards, modern infrastructure and in-demand services. Recipient of the “Five Gold Anchors” award presented by the European Union, Milta Bodrum Marina also won the “Turkey’s Best Environmental Awareness and Training Activities Award” from TURÇEV (Foundation for Environmental Education). Milta Bodrum Marina recycled 12,582 m3 of used water (amounting to 45% of its total water consumption) in 2017. In 2017, Milta Bodrum Marina reduced its total electricity consumption by 4% over the prior year, and sent 70 kg of waste paper to recycling.

The total waste including waste water, solid waste, bilge and mineral oil was 2,538 tons, while the total amount sent to disposal was 7.8 tons.

Milta Işıl Club: In 2016, Milta Işıl Club once again received the prestigious “Blue Flag” award, an international indicator of environmental awareness with great significance in the tourism industry. The holiday resort also expanded the scope of its environment friendly practices with the use of solar energy, solar water heating systems and environmentally friendly cleaning materials. In 2017, Milta Işıl Club recycled 94.5% of its water consumption, amounting to a total of 36,000 m3 and reduced water consumption by 3% during the year, down to 38,090 m3. Milta Işıl Club sent 1.16 tons of paper to recycling.

Marina Vista: In 2016, Marina Vista added more collectors to its solar power system and started to employ a heating pump, thereby eliminating the consumption of diesel fuel. Marina Vista collects waste batteries in special containers and delivers these to the Association of Portable Battery Manufacturers (TAP) and environmental units of the municipality for proper disposal. The establishment uses LED and eco-friendly light bulbs in the hotel rooms and common areas.

Marina Vista delivered 65.50 kg of used batteries to municipal waste collection facilities in 2017. At Marina Vista, the total amount of water consumed was reduced by 17% over the previous year to 581 tons in 2017. Electricity consumption was 4% higher than the previous year, due to the rise of the occupancy rate.

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