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Environment

Protecting the environment is a high priority, and therefore we have introduced a robust series of procedures to avoid and minimise the impact of our operations.

Through our Corporate Responsibility Management System (CRMS), environmental considerations are taken into account at every stage of the oil and gas lifecycle, from identification of opportunities to production and return. We use a precautionary approach, and one we believe is best in safeguarding the areas in which we work. Our operations also take into account the legal and regulatory requirements of the countries in which we operate, and we cooperate fully with all government regulatory bodies.

While we apply all local regulations, our CRMS requires us to consider industry good practice; for example, International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) guidelines and UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) custom and practices, especially in locations with no local regulations. We aim to meet the expectations of investors and shareholders in relation to the environmental impacts of our business.

2016 performance highlights

  • Review of implications arising from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) presented to the Board.
  • A further addendum to our 2014 Senegal Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) was developed for the 2017 campaign to take into account proposed changes; mitigations were identified and implementation commenced. Our appraisal drilling campaign offshore Senegal received approval from the Senegal National Technical Committee set up by the Senegal Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (Department for the Environment and Classified Installations) in November 2016.
  • The Senegal drilling Project Risk Study and Dossier for Installations Classified for Environmental Protection (ICPE, covering dangerous operations, equipment and substances) and the Plan of Internal Operations (POI, emergency preparedness and response strategy) were all updated to support the amended ESIA.

Material issues

  Level of materiality
Climate change, emissions and discharges High
Biodiversity Medium
Resource use Medium
Product stewardship Low

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