We recognise that strong environmental performance is essential to our success and growth.
Woodside’s approach to environmental management is to understand the environments in which we work, minimise our impacts upon them and transparently report performance. We do this by using science-based data and rigours risk identification and management measures. We demonstrate our environmentally responsible management by contributing to programs that support sustainable management.
Our aspiration is sustained delivery of leading environmental performance to protect the environment in which we operate. We do this by setting leading and lagging key performance indicators (KPIs), benchmarked where possible against industry peers.
In 2016 for the second concurrent year, Woodside won the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Environmental Excellence Award, recognising our outstanding approach, leadership and performance within the Australian oil and gas industry.
Find out more about how we manage our environmental impacts.
Woodside operates in remote and often dry environments and has a focus on minimising fresh-water use. At the Karratha Gas Plant (KGP), a Water Efficiency Management Plan is in place. This has contributed to a 24% reduction in water use between 2015 and 2016 at KGP. The majority of water consumed by Woodside’s facilities is sourced from municipal supplies. In Karratha, this water originates from either a local dam or, when levels are low, groundwater sources. Offshore facilities have the capacity to desalinate their own water when required. Given that our operations are not intensive consumers of water, water use and disposal do not feature in the top ten issues for our company.
We recognise the importance of responsible water management and, as we expand and grow globally, will monitor our activities accordingly.
Biodiversity and partnerships
Our practised approach to understanding the diverse environments in which we operate is to partner with leaders in environmental studies and with research organisations to deliver robust scientific data.
With many of our activities adjacent to unique and remote locations, we've chosen to [collaborate2] 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.
To review more details on our partnerships, refer to our Environment page.
In 2016, we began a collaboration with the University of Western Australia to understand the biodiversity that resides upon our offshore infrastructure in the north-west of Australia. Knowledge from this work will be an important input in future decommissioning options for our assets in the region.
In Myanmar, we are collaborating with Fauna and Flora International, an international, science-based NGO and Myanmar’s
For further information on our 2016 activities, refer to Sustainable Development Report.
Managing air emissions in international shipping
Woodside is aiming to reduce its airborne emissions in international waters. This has commenced with a review of how we manage fuel across our LNG shipping fleet.
Since December 2016, Woodside has maximised its use of LNG as a shipping fuel and is minimising emissions by reducing its use of heavy fuel oil (HFO). LNG also eliminates nearly all sulphur and particulate emissions, putting us in an ideal position ahead of the International Maritime Organisation’s new global cap on sulphur content of ship fuel oil coming into effect.
Currently, all five ships that make up Woodside’s fleet have the ability to use either LNG, HFO, diesel or a combination of these fuels. With our shipping operations, and our drive to convert other vessels to utilise LNG, we believe this could contribute to a reduction in emissions from international shipping.
For further information on our LNG for fuels, refer to Sustainable Development Report.