ConocoPhillips Australia

Environment

ConocoPhillips Australia is committed to minimising our impact on 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.

Energy Efficiency Opportunities

The Darwin LNG plant was commissioned in 2006, and was designed to incorporate a number of energy saving measures. These include the use of heat recovery systems and the recapture of off-take flash gases.

ConocoPhillips conducts annual Energy Efficiency Opportunites (EEO) assessments of the DLNG plant.

Further information on the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program is available here.

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 the latest emissions reduction technologies such as the NOx reduction water injection system 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. Read about our Biodiversity position.

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.  Read about our Water Sustainability position.

We have a Global Waste Management Standard that requires all operations to evaluate the waste they generate and the suitability of the waste facilities they use.

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.