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Environment

Our high environmental standards ensure that our actions will provide the energy needed to drive global economic growth and social wellbeing today, whilst also securing a stable and healthy environment for the future.

Guided by our SPIRIT Values and our compliance requirements, we have implemented and participated in a number of environmental programs.

 

Environment

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Protecting the Environment

Our high environmental standards ensure that our actions will provide the energy needed to drive global economic growth and social wellbeing today, whilst also securing a stable and healthy environment for the future.

Guided by our SPIRIT Values and our compliance requirements, we have implemented and participated in a number of environmental programs.

At ConocoPhillips we identify and assess all environmental issues associated with our activities, and develop management strategies to minimise potential impacts.

We systematically integrate environmental management practices into new and existing business processes, and regularly assess our performance to ensure we continue to implement appropriate environmental management measures.

Climate Change & Energy Efficiency

We recognise that human activity, including the burning of fossil fuels, is a contributor to increased concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere, which can lead to adverse changes in global climate. For ConocoPhillips, the management of greenhouse gas emissions represents the twin challenges of taking action on climate change whilst continuing to deliver adequate and reliable supplies of energy.

Climate Change Strategy

We have developed a strategic direction that focuses on both the business risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Read more about ConocoPhillips' Global Climate Change Position.

Emissions Reduction

We continue to reduce airborne emissions from operations where these may impact on the environment. We track emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). Where feasible, we employ emissions reduction technologies such as NOx reduction water injection for the refrigeration turbines at our Darwin LNG plant.

Water Management

We understand the need to manage our freshwater use responsibly. While access to adequate and safe water is a global issue, the impacts on freshwater supply and water quality are often local in nature. Building local awareness, skills and sustainable practices at the locations in which we operate is crucial to our commitment to responsible water management.

Biodiversity

ConocoPhillips recognises the importance of biodiversity in maintaining ecosystem health as a vital factor in human wellbeing. Protecting plant and animal species and ecosystems is an essential component of our health, safety, and environmental commitment wherever we operate.

Waste Management

Our approach to waste management is based on a simple set of priorities aimed at eliminating waste wherever possible.

  • Reuse
  • Recover
  • Recycle

Where the above is not possible, we dispose of waste safely and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. ConocoPhillips’ operations only use commercial waste contractors that meet our requirements for operational integrity, have environmental management processes in place, implement monitoring controls, and comply with all relevant legislation.

Project Environmental Assessment

ConocoPhillips undertakes environmental assessments at different stages of each project’s development lifecycle, from early exploration through to construction and operations. These assessments are linked to the progress of each project along the development timeline. As a project becomes increasingly well defined, the level of assessment also becomes increasingly detailed and targeted.

Australia Pacific LNG

As the downstream partner in the Australia Pacific LNG project, ConocoPhillips has contributed to development of the project’s comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment to identify and manage any associated environmental impacts.

Bayu-Undan Field and Darwin LNG
Comprehensive environmental impact assessments were undertaken for both the Bayu-Undan field development in the Timor Sea, and the Darwin LNG plant at Wickham Point before they were established.
The Bayu-Undan field development was the subject of a Preliminary Environment Report, which was prepared and submitted to the Joint Petroleum Development Area Designated Authority.
For the Darwin LNG plant, a preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment, an Exceptional Development Permit and Public Environment Report were prepared, submitted and approved by the Northern Territory and Australian Government authorities.
For further information on the Environmental Management Programme for DLNG during the initial construction, please click below to read the volume editions:
Barossa
ConocoPhillips and its co-venturers  SK E&S Australia Pty Ltd and Santos Offshore Pty Ltd are proposing to develop the Barossa and Caldita discovered hydrocarbon resources located approximately 300 kilometres offshore, north of Darwin, Northern Territory.
An Offshore Project Proposal (OPP) has been prepared by ConocoPhillips in accordance with the Australian government’s environmental assessment process for a new petroleum project in Commonwealth waters. 

The OPP process is conducted and regulated by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and includes opportunity for interested members of the public to comment on the project during its early development stage.
Greater Poseidon

In partnership with Origin Energy and PetroChina,  ConocoPhillips is considering a number of options for extracting and developing the Greater Poseidon gas resources located 480 km north of Broome, Western Australia.

As part of our ongoing commitment to environmental protection, a marine environmental baseline studies program was undertaken in the Greater Poseidon field and surrounds. In addition to informing engineering studies, these studies have helped enhance the overall scientific fabric of the Browse Basin region.

Production Operations Environmental Management

Once a project starts production, there are facility-specific environmental management processes in place.

Darwin LNG

The Darwin LNG facility at Wickham Point operates under the Environment Protection License 217 (EPL) since it began operating in 2006. The EPL focuses on managing air emissions, wastewater and waste, and is issued by the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority.

The Operations Environmental Management Plan (OEMP)addresses EPL implementation requirements, and also addresses other matters outside the scope of the EPL.

Bayu-Undan

An Operations Phase Environmental Management Plan is in place for the Bayu-Undan Field Operations. The plan is approved by the Joint Petroleum Development Area Designated Authority, and is subject to periodic review and update.