|Publisher||Society of Petroleum Engineers||Language||English|
|Content Type||Conference Paper|
|Title||Addressing and managing reliance and potential impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services of Oil & Gas global operations|
Diana Palliggiano, Assel Baizhigitova, Elena Pavanel, Michele Marconi and Paola M. PedronI, eni e&p Division Environmental Department, Milan, Italy; Pippa Howard, Timothy Reed and Jason Sali, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Cambridge, UK
International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, 11-13 September 2012, Perth, Australia
2012, SPE/APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety, and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
|5 Production and Operations
eni is committed to operating beyond compliance for biodiversity conservation and the retention of functional ecosystems in all areas and phases of the project lifecycle. In exploration and production (e&p) terms, this means the systematic recognition and integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) management into all site operations globally, taking into account local circumstances, international best practices and newly adopted concepts.
This requires understanding how onshore and offshore activities interact with different environments (e.g. forests, deserts, deep water) through science-based assessments that take full account of BES values for company operations and local communities. These enable the detection, measurement and management, through targeted action planning, of an operation’s reliance and potential impacts on BES. Outcomes are incorporated into existing environmental management practice, allowing transferability within the company.
Over the past decade, FFI has worked in partnership with eni e&p Division to help use applied ecology in the development of company best practice for BES assessment and management. This has been piloted in operating sites in sensitive environments (Italy, Ecuador, Norway and Alaska) and has led to an improved environmental management system, incorporating sectoral best practices.
The partnership is now focused on evaluating the company’s global exposure to BES-related risks and highlighting important operating sites where BES-related opportunities exist, leading to the implementation of site-specific BES assessments and action plans at priority sites.
This paper illustrates the approach developed to recognise, address and manage reliance and potential impacts of eni e&p global operations on BES. The systematic integration of BES management into onshore and offshore operations, existing and new, includes the global mapping of all operating sites against areas of high biodiversity value, the implementation of site-specific BES risk/opportunity assessments and action plans for high priority operating sites, and the integration of these evaluations into ESHIAs in all new sites.