2018 marks 25 years of collaboration between Woodside and the Australian Institute of Marine Science and 20 years with the Western Australian Museum.

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

Woodside has been awarded the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association environment excellence award for three years in a row - 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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Our approach

Transparency is central to Woodside's approach to the Environment. We recognise that strong environmental performance is essential to our success and continued growth. Our approach is based on:

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

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. Woodside-funded research has been published in over 50 international peer-reviewed publications in the last decade.

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.

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.

Biodiversity

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.

Cetaceans in offshore Ireland
Through our collaboration with the Western Australian Museum almost half a million kilometres of ocean have been surveyed since 1998, documenting more than 55,000 different plants and animals.

Mutually beneficial research partnerships help us make the data-driven business decisions, while our academic and scientific partners have opportunities to further their knowledge of the incredible biodiversity 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. Making findings from our research partnerships openly available builds a lasting legacy for the people of Western Australia, and for the scientific community at large.