We continue to responsibly manage the natural resources we use, from energy to water, and the waste our activities produce.
For our offshore activities, most of our energy comes from hydrocarbon fuels such as marine diesel. Where possible, we prefer to use low-sulphur sources but in certain locations, these are not available.
We recognise that access to clean water is a basic human right. Our business both impacts and depends on water resources close to our operations, so we have had a water resource strategy in place for some years. This covers:
- Monitoring and assessing fresh water abstraction and use, and potential impacts on fresh water resources;
- Investigating improvements to our freshwater management processes;
- Identifying and implementing measures to reduce impacts on fresh water; and
- Enhancing the reporting of our freshwater resources management.
Emissions, discharges and waste
For offshore activities, we carefully manage emissions to air and discharges into the sea. It remains difficult to set specific reduction targets when levels of activity vary from year to year. Nonetheless, we remain committed to minimising our environmental impact from operations, and to reporting fully and transparently on this matter.
We implement clear waste management plans aligned to mitigation requirements from our impact assessments, and apply European and industry good practice wherever we operate. Where we are not the operator, we seek to influence our partners to do the same.
Sound generated by our operations may impact specific fauna. Here too, we apply good industry practice to minimise such impacts.