Strong partnerships, sound research and transparency are the key elements of Woodside's approach to the environment.​

We minimise our footprint by integrating world-class environmental management into our exploration activities and the design, construction and operation of our facilities.

Our strong capability in environmental studies enables the acquisition of robust scientific data critical to inform our impact assessments and decision making.

Wherever we operate, we bring our world-class approach to the environment.

Our experience and expertise make us a partner of choice for joint venture participants, customers, governments and communities.

In recognition of our commitment, Woodside has been awarded the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association Environment Excellence Award for three years in a row - 2015, 2016 and 2017.


For more information on our how we manage our environmental impacts read our ​Sustainable Development Report 2016​.

Our approach

We recognise that strong environmental performance is essential to our success and continued growth.

Woodside's Environment Policy and Environmental Operating Standards provide the environmental management policy framework for our facilities and operations.

Our approach is based on:

  • A robust environmental risk management approach;
  • Sound science to underpin our approach;
  • Strong partnerships with local researchers; and
  • Transparency of our environmental knowledge. 

 Fact Sheet: Environmental management approach

Our partnerships

With many of our activities adjacent to unique and remote locations, we've chosen to collaborate with some of the world's leading research organisations to understand how these environments function. So we're able to conduct our exploration and development activities sustainably, based on the best scientific knowledge.

For more than 20 years, Woodside has been co-funding scientific studies to learn more about these captivating environments and how they respond to human impacts.

Our research program with the Australian Institute of Marine Science at Scott Reef, off Western Australia, is one of the longest and most comprehensive investigations of a reef system in the world.

Video: Journeys of Discovery



And our collaboration with the Western Australian Museum has seen us undertake surveys across almost half a million kilometres of ocean since 1998, documenting more than 55,000 different plants and animals.

Through these mutually beneficial relationships we've accumulated the scientific knowledge to help us make the right business decisions about the sustainable design of our offshore activities, while our academic and scientific partners have had the opportunity to explore and understand the incredible biodiversity of this unique part of north-west Australia.

Our 30-year track record of scientific research and environmental excellence continues to open doors and build relationships for Woodside around the world – from Ireland to Canada, New Zealand to Korea, Myanmar to Gabon and beyond.

And by making research findings like these openly available around the world, it allows us to provide a lasting legacy for the people of Western Australia and for the scientific community at large.

Watch the film to learn more about our unique operating environment.

Fact Sheet: Environmental understanding through partnerships

Case Study: Understanding biodiversity in Western Australia

Since 1998, Woodside has partnered with the Western Australian Museum (WAM) to understand the biodiversity of northwest Australia. In that time, WAM has undertaken over 20 field surveys over 2,500 kilometres of coast and has documented more than 55,000 different plants and animals. This knowledge has been highlighted in numerous books, proceedings and featured in a major exhibit at the WAM. This partnership has uncovered hundreds of new marine species, involved scientists and research institutions from all over the world, and documented findings in scientific and other publications, exhibitions, websites and videos.

​​​​​​​Case Study: Understanding Scott Reef

One of the Woodside-operated Browse FLNG Development’s hydrocarbon reservoirs partially underlies Scott Reef, a very large isolated, offshore coral reef. Woodside has supported more than 20 years of research at Scott Reef in collaboration with a range of government-funded organisations including the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Over this time, we have developed a comprehensive understanding of a complex and diverse ecosystem.

Discovering Scott Reef

Case Study: Cetaceans in offshore Ireland 

As part of Woodside’s exploration activity in the Porcupine Basin offshore Ireland, Woodside has launched an investigation into whales. The project, launched in May 2014, is Woodside’s first major environmental research project in Europe.



Research and sharing knowledge

Transparency is central to Woodside's approach to the environment. Research published as a result of our partnerships assists us to make the right decisions on environmental management. It also means we can increase environmental understanding and knowledge sharing across the broader community. With this in mind, Woodside encourages our environmental partners to share the outcomes and knowledge of our research programs in publications and books. Woodside-funded research has been published in over 50 international peer-reviewed publications in the last decade.

Shared environmental knowledge

Case Study: Seismic surveys in sensitive environments

In 2009, Woodside undertook the largest research program to date to understand the potential impact of seismic noise on coral reef communities. A field program of over 60 researchers and support staff and six research vessels conducted a series of experiments at Scott Reef to understand potential noise impacts to resident corals and the diverse fish communities that live amongst them.



Other resources

Marine biosecurity

Oil Spill Preparedness

Environmental Management Approach (French)

Environmental Management Approach (Spanish)

Shared Environmental Knowledge (French)

Shared Environmental Knowledge (Spanish)

Environmental Understanding through Partnerships (Spanish)

Environmental Understanding through Partnerships (French)