Biodiversity, oceans and sensitive areas
In response to the growing concerns related to loss of biodiversity, we are further developing our management approach to biodiversity.
What we do - a short glimpse
Equinor has successfully piloted UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre methodology on Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm and we continue to test the methodology for other assets.
An ocean observatory on the seabed off Vesterålen, northern Norway, was opened in 2020. This is an expanded version from what was installed there seven years ago.
As part of our continued effort to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, we have continued to monitor, in real-time, the presence of whales in the Empire Wind lease area in the US by use of two real-time passive acoustic buoys.
Working to minimize our impact
It is impossible to build and operate installations onshore and offshore without impacting the environment. But that is why we always have our environmental impact high on the agenda when developing and operating our assets.
Our efforts to continuously improve our management of discharges of large volumes of produced and processed water to the sea continue. The main objective is to minimise the environmental impact from oil and chemicals contained in the discharged water. We continuously monitor discharges from each of our installations and onshore plants.
Our approach to waste management follows the mitigation hierarchy and waste handling systems are set up in close collaboration with waste contractors, which also handle the downstream part of our waste chain. Drill cuttings and contaminated water constitute the largest volumes of waste from our activities.