Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 SDGs aim to tackle some of the world’s most pressing economic, environmental and social issues.

In late 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into effect. The 17 SDGs aim to tackle some of the world’s most pressing economic, environmental and social issues. Each goal is measured by underlying targets.

Our SDGs strategy, below, reflects our contribution to the global sustainability agenda. We have classified these SDGs into tiers, to clearly demonstrate where we are making the most significant contribution, acknowledging that SDG17: Partnership for the Goals underpins our strategy.

Key deliverables for each goal have been identified and progress against these will be published annually in our Sustainable Development Report and on this page.

Primary goals

Affordable and clean energy

Our Aspiration

Continue to provide LNG as a cleaner source of fuel for global markets and pursue the development of
lower- and zero-carbon energy sources.

 

 

Our Deliverables

  • Continue to provide cost-competitive LNG through our existing facilities and growth projects
  • Develop new markets for LNG as a lower-emissions fuel in trucking and shipping
  • Diversify our business into supplying lower- and zero-carbon energy sources for the future, particularly investigating the potential for hydrogen and exploring technologies that use carbon dioxide at scale
  • Develop a business to originate and acquire quality carbon offsets

 

Related Targets

7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.a

 

Decent work and economic growth

Our Aspiration

Continue to support economic growth as a supportive and responsible employer.

Our Deliverables

  • Continue to provide and support apprenticeships, traineeships and Indigenous participation in education pathway programs
  • Conduct human rights due-diligence activities, including country risk assessments and human rights assessments
  • Develop local capabilities, support training initiatives and offer employment opportunities with a focus on oil and gas disciplines in Senegal
  • Continue to ensure controls and monitoring are in place to achieve equitable pay for all employees
  • Provide business capacity and capability development opportunities for local and Indigenous businesses in communities neighbouring our Australian operations
  • Collaborate with Yangon Technological University in Myanmar to build in-country capacity and knowledge

 

Related Targets

8.5, 8.6, 8.7

 

Climate action

Our Aspiration

Set short- and medium-term climate change targets, underpinned by action to minimise climate change and its impacts.

 

 

Our Deliverables

  • Reduce emissions to 15% below baseline by 2025
  • Reduce emissions to 30% below baseline by 2030
  • Support international efforts including the World Bank's Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative, the Methane Guiding Principles, and the International Energy Trading Association's Markets for Natural Climate Solutions initiative

 

 

Related Targets

13.1, 13.3

 

Secondary goals

Quality education

Our Aspiration

Support quality education and lifelong learning opportunities.

 

Our Deliverables

  • Work collaboratively through the Woodside Development Fund to reduce developmental vulnerability and improve early childhood outcomes in communities where we are active
  • Support the Karratha and Roebourne Education Initiatives – through the NWS Joint Venture (JV) – to provide high-quality educational opportunities for students and professional development opportunities for their teachers
  • Continue to partner with Earth Science Western Australia to deliver the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in Schools program to primary and high school students in WA
  • Support science, technology, engineering and maths initiatives through partnerships with Scitech, Monash University and University of Western Australia (UWA)

 

 

Related Targets

4.2, 4.4, 4.5

 

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Our Aspiration

Continue to improve productivity and energy efficiency by embracing technology and innovation.

Our Deliverables

  • Leverage Woodside’s FutureLab program hubs at Australian universities to work with researchers, entrepreneurs, subject-matter experts and parallel leading industries to solve industry challenges and create shared opportunities
  • Invest A$40 million in facilities and research to progress Australia's transition to a lower-carbon economy through the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership
  • Improve our operations and processes through adoption of more efficient technologies and ways of working to reduce emissions improvements in industrial processes to meet our energy efficiency target

 

Related Targets

9.4, 9.5

Sustainable cities and communities

Our Aspiration

We will support social outcomes through protection, recognition and respect for Indigenous culture and heritage.

Our Deliverables

  • Support cultural heritage management initiatives proposed by Traditional Owners and Custodians through engagement and consultation, including programs to facilitate the transfer of cultural knowledge and values
  • Fund Indigenous ranger programs that protect cultural and natural heritage and regenerate country
  • Support credible and robust scientific research to further understand our potential environmental impacts on Indigenous cultural heritage

 

Related Targets

11.4

Life below water

Our Aspiration

Uphold robust environmental management and process safety practices to minimise our impact on marine environments and partner with research institutions to contribute to knowledge of these areas.

 

Our Deliverables

  • Maintain high levels of oil spill preparedness and response capability through our testing and simulation program
  • Develop our in-country hydrocarbon spill response capability in Senegal including planning, ensuring essential equipment and provision of training to local responders
  • Continue to collect and share scientific information on coastal and offshore biodiversity with key research organisations to support effective marine planning and management

 

Related Targets

14.1, 14.2

 

Life on land

Our Aspiration

Improve air quality and degraded habitats through restoration and sustainable use of land.

Our Deliverables

  • Undertake quality carbon offset projects that deliver co-benefits including land restoration and biodiversity outcomes

Related Targets

15.3

Underpinning goal

Partnerships for the goals

Our Aspiration

We work with our key stakeholder groups to enhance our contribution across our primary and secondary SDGs.