Oil & Gas UK has today published its enhanced Environmental Report 2013 containing key metrics of the sector’s performance, information on what environmental challenges are faced, and how these are being addressed.
While continuing to satisfy the majority of the UK’s energy needs and make significant contributions to the economy, the oil and gas industry has an important role to play in the transition towards a lower-carbon economy, at both the energy production and emissions reduction stages of the cycle.
Mick Borwell, Director of Environmental Issues, said that the report will lend transparency to a complex, heavily regulated industry.
He explained: “All activities on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), including emissions and discharges, require government approval, authorisation or permits.
“The UKCS is a mature basin. Sustaining oil and gas production from depleting reservoirs requires greater energy input, increased use of chemicals and the management of larger volumes of produced water. The emissions and discharges resulting from these increases must be effectively managed.
“Helping our member companies understand and maintain compliance with existing and new environmental regulation is a core function of our organisation. How we go about this work is described in the report, as is our work to ensure that any new legislation is fit for purpose and based on a sound understanding of the issues it intends to regulate.”
Oil & Gas UK is a trade organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership, which comprises oil and gas producers and contractors, now numbers more than 400 companies.