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Sustainability at Svalbard

April 12, 2007, 09:00 CEST

Nina Udnes Tronstad, Statoil's executive vice president for health, safety and the environment (HSE), presented Statoil's sustainability report at Norway's far-northern Spitsbergen islands (Svalbard), yesterday.

"Statoil has chosen an aggressive approach to the carbon challenge and contributes to work in finding a solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions," says Ms Tronstad. "Our goal is zero harm to people and the environment."

The launching of the report in the University Centre in Svalbard's (UNIS) grand hall, forms part of the Arctic Environment Conference, being arranged by Statoil for the third time.

The report's launch coincided with the conference, so we decided to do it at Svalbard," says Ms Tronstad.

Around 50 delegates, many of them Norwegian politicians, civil servants and researchers as well as representatives from the Norwegian Coastal Administration and scientists from Russia and Canada, are at the conference. Local Svalbard residents were also invited to the launch.

The report documents Statoil's greatest advances in 2006. It identifies the most important measures taken for the company's sustainability work to become even better.

For the third consecutive year, Statoil was ranked as the world's most sustainable oil and gas company in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, last year.

The report's launch was webcast yesterday evening and will be viewable on the arcticportal.com website and on statoil.com.