Making a difference: two years of experience implementing the BP Environmental and Social Standard for access, business acquisitions and new projects
- Elizabeth Mary Rogers (BP) | Osman Sultan Tarzumanov (BP)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, 11-13 September, Perth, Australia
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- Conference Paper
- 2012. SPE/APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety, and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
- 6.5.5 Oil and Chemical Spills, 7.2.1 Risk, Uncertainty and Risk Assessment, 4.3.4 Scale, 4.2 Pipelines, Flowlines and Risers, 6.5.1 Air Emissions, 6.6.2 Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, 7.3.3 Project Management, 6.2.2 Health Impact Assessment, 7.6.1 Knowledge Management, 1.6 Drilling Operations
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BP operates in many countries around the world and has established a process that seeks to provide consistent identification, management and reporting of potential environmental and social impacts, including those associated with sensitive and fragile environments.
Environmental requirements for new projects have been in place in BP since 2006 (Rogers and Spence, 2008). In April 2010 the company updated the requirements and approved them as an environmental and social practice. This BP practice now integrates and mandates environmental, social, community health, security and human rights issues. It requires applicable projects to identify very early in business planning what the potential impacts might be and how they will be avoided and/ or managed.
This paper describes the methodology of this integrated practice and presents specific examples of how it is implemented in our business. Case studies describe the types of issues that are typically identified and the business advantages of early identification, avoidance and reduction of potential impacts. The impact identification methodology is described in relation to examples taken from projects in diverse environments. Two years of implementation experience including unintended release identification and management are shared through specific project examples.
The process for managing potential impacts to International Protected Areas, set out in this practice, is described using examples from seismic activities in Australia and exploration drilling in the UK. Assurance is a vital part of assessing progress, and the paper concludes with a review of implementation progress.
BP established company-wide environmental requirements for new projects in 2006 and subsequently, based on implementation lessons and new information, updated the document and integrated social requirements. Issued in April 2010, the resulting environmental and social practice applies to a range of projects, including major projects, certain new access e.g. exploration or green field developments, projects that could affect an international protected area (IPA) and some acquisition negotiations. The practice is supported by detailed guidance that draws on experiences from many BP projects. The practice and guidance are collectively referred to as the practices.
The practice provides applicable projects with a consistent and mandated methodology to evaluate potential environmental and social impacts at a very early stage in project planning. They can then use the detailed, recommended guidance to inform appropriate impact management actions, which they agree and design to either avoid or reduce the potential and residual impacts. The practices are designed to support delivery against external environmental and social commitments, as well as incorporating BP's, industry and other relevant experiences and lessons learned from project implementation in different countries. The practice establishes governance for implementation and requires certain assurance processes designed to give transparency of impact management across the company and to report progress.
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