CONTENTS 1. INTRODUCTION 2. WHAT WE DO 2.1 Our Exploration & Production Activities and Operations 2.2 Map of our UK locations 3 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT 3.1 Our Environmental Management System (EMS) 3.2 Royal Dutch/Shell Commitment and Policy on HSE 3.3 The Environmental Aspects of our Operations 4 ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE 4.1 Our Environmental Goals, Objectives and Targets 4.2 Reducing Emissions and Discharges 4.3 Use of Energy, Resources & Waste Management 4.4 Biodiversity and Vulnerable Areas 4.5 Monitoring Seabed Impacts 4.6 Lateral Learning and Cooperation 5 CONTACTS APPENDIX 1 SHELL U.K. EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION EUROPE UK - ENVIRONMENTAL DATA TABLE APPENDIX 2 OIL AND CHEMICHAL SPILLS AND OIL DISCHARGES APPENDIX 3 2007 DRILLING LOCATIONS APPENDIX 4 ABBREVIATIONS
1. INTRODUCTION By John Gallagher, Vice President Technical – Europe, Shell Exploration & Production Europe I am pleased to introduce this EnvironmentalStatement, covering Shell U.K. Limited’s Exploration and Production (EP) activities during 2007. The purpose of this report is to explain our environmental performance and work programmes in 2007 in the UK, and to update our plans for improvement in 2008/9. The report is updated annually. In Section 2 you can see a map of our activities. In the UK sector of the North Sea we operate 35 platforms, 3 Floating Production Storage & Offloading (FPSO) vessels, and 18 subsea installations; in total we have interests in 61 fields (52 operated) and three onshore gas plants. Our European EP operations, and in turn the UK assets, are an important part of our global portfolio, and will remain so for years to come. We operate more production in Europe than any other International Oil Company (more than twice the second largest IOC). We are also one of the largest investors, averaging over $5 billion per year in Europe in the last five years and for the next five years and we have been and we will continue to be an industry leader in frontier technology developments. We are particularly pleased that, at the end of 2007, our Environmental Management System (EMS) was certified to ISO14001. This demonstrates that we have a systematic approach to managing our environmental risks that meets international standards. In 2008 we are continuing to work on improving our EMS. Our environmental objectives reflect our key challenges – to work with others and to provide our own contribution towards addressing climate change, to continue to reduce emissions, discharges and wastes from our locations and to ensure our operations in sensitive areas take account of the expectations of all stakeholders. Our performance shows that this is being achieved in some areas. There are also areas for improvement that we will act upon. Looking to the future, our business will continue to change. We will move forward with adjustments to our asset portfolio and address new challenges such as decommissioning. Our main target areas for performance improvement are currently in the areas of greenhouse gas (GHG) and energy management, continuing to reduce the risk from oil and chemical discharges and improving our environmental impact assessment processes. These will be delivered by focusing on legal requirements and Shell Group standards and through enhancements to our EMS. I hope you will agree our commitment to improving environmental performance is demonstrated throughout this report.