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Global Reporting Initiative (GRI): G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI): G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

During 2022, the first UJ Sustainability Report using the methodology for environmental reporting (specifically the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)) was published, and this will allow a more complete review of environmental impacts of areas sometimes invisible to sustainability reporting (such as excessive paper usage). The previously reported initiative will be implemented to report via an effective tenant model for energy and resource usage, and unit-based reporting will become the standard reporting tool in the medium term.

UJ Sustainability Report
UJ Energy, Resource, Waste and Sustainability (ERWSus) Plan and Policy

Refer to point 4.7 on pages 26 and 27 of the UJ Energy Resource Waste Sustainability (ERWSus) Plan and Policy Draft 2022-2025 Feb 2022:

4.7 Reporting Standards

There are a growing number of reporting standards for sustainability reporting that are either industry, auditing firm aligned or nationally determined. UJ has elected after serious consideration to rather make use of an agnostic reporting standard – the Global Reporting Initiative with its homepage at

While UJ will not become a corporate member of the GRI at present the reporting standards of the GRI are as they note “a free public good” that UJ will aspire to implement fully over a period of years.”

Also, refer to page 12 of the UJ Energy Resource Waste Sustainability (ERWSus) Plan and Policy Draft 2022-2025 Feb 2022:

“In South Africa there are already pieces of legislation that UJ must comply with to be considered a responsible citizen in terms of sustainability, these are viz.:

> National Environmental Management Act (2015)

UJ’s activities:

> Required by 31 Dec 2019 registration of all businesses that have activities that affect the environment

> Carbon Tax Act (2019)

UJ’s activities:

> Requires 3 phases before 2022

> First phase requires registration of all carbon generation due to power generation in broadest sense

> Will require active monitoring of standby generators since tax will be based on either IPC rules or proven actual usage

> Requires a full database of generation facilities including type, power generation, fuel usage and hours used in a tax year

> Already compiling list of generators and details needed for registration”

UJ Annual Report: Carbon Emissions Tracking and Measurement