Exploration and production of hydrocarbons inevitably has an impact on the environment. We minimise that impact both offshore and on land through an Environmental Management System (EMS) underpinned by the same commitment to quality that we bring to all areas of our performance.
Managing our footprint
Discovering gas and oil, and delivering it to the UK’s energy network, has a range of potential impacts on the local areas around our operations, and on the wider environment. The North Sea is bordered by eight countries, 80 million people live around its coastline, and it is home to internationally important communities of plants and animals. It is our responsibility to ensure we limit the adverse impacts of our activities on the environment.
We share the environmental vision of our parent group, ENGIE Group – which is to achieve responsible growth while meeting energy needs, ensuring security of energy supply, mitigating climate change and optimising the use of natural resources.
At ENGIE E&P in the UK, we hold ISO 14001 certification for our EMS. Our EMS is designed to ensure that we minimise the impact of our activities on the environment through careful planning, defined roles and responsibilities, appropriate plans and procedures, robust monitoring and reporting systems and continuous review of performance. The EMS also provides a process for ongoing environmental risk identification, assessment, mitigation and control throughout a project lifecycle.
Central to our Environmental Management System is the concept of the “Environmental Case”, which embeds environmental risk management within the operation and maintenance of each asset. Through the development of an Environmental Case for every asset we operate, we are aiming to deliver complete transparency and consensus via stakeholder engagement. This will enable us to identify and understand the environmental and social aspects of our operations, in order to determine:
- their actual and potential impact;
- how important they are and why;
- how they need to be managed.
The assessment and conclusions within the Environmental Case are available to all stakeholders.