We take a precautionary approach and apply a combination of corporate requirements and risk-based local solutions to manage our environmental performance. We strive to adhere to high standards of emissions to air, waste management and impact on biodiversity and ecosystems—wherever we work. This includes integrating environmental and social risk management into our planning and decision-making processes, at all levels in the organisation.
We closely monitor air emissions from the Equinor-operated assets on our overall environmental performance. In addition to CO2 emissions, we also monitor nitrogen oxide (NOx), emissions of non-methane volatile organic compounds and SOx emissions.
We work closely with our suppliers to qualify and implement new technology to improve the cleansing of produced water. Our research and development portfolio includes activities to further improve our expertise and transfer this to operational units on the NCS in order to improve the performance of cleaning technologies.
For instance, subsea separation of produced water from the well stream and the injection of water into geological formations beneath the seabed reduces discharges of potentially harmful waste products. We have substantial experience in this area and are planning to strengthen our position even further in the years to come.
We are concerned with valuing and protecting biodiversity and the ecosystem. We follow precautionary rules and regulations to minimise the potential negative effects of our activities. We also support research programmes to increase knowledge about ecosystems and biodiversity.
Equinor continues to be an active participant in a joint Biodiversity Working Group of IPIECA and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP). This cooperation has resulted in the development of specific tools and recommendations for industry best practice. We also support the maintenance and development of the World Database on Protected Areas and other GIS-based databases containing information on high-value biodiversity areas. We use these databases actively in environmental risk and impact evaluations.