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Kearl wetlands reclamation

Environmental management

Protect Tomorrow. Today., is a set of expectations that serves as the foundation for our environmental performance. Guided by a scientific understanding of the environmental impacts and related risks of our operations, as well as the social and economic needs of the communities in which we do business, these principles have become an integral part of our day-to-day work. The three key principles of Protect Tomorrow. Today. are:

  • Delivery of superior environmental performance, leading to a competitive advantage;
  • Driving environmental incidents with real impact to zero, through a process of continuous improvement; and
  • Achieving industry leadership in focus areas valuable to the business.

These principles, along with the existing corporate environmental policy, helped define a set of environmental performance expectations. We outline our approach to achieving these expectations throughout this section.

  • Russell Tait

    Chief environmental scientist
    Protect Tomorrow. Today. is a challenge as we look at the global range of our operations. Being able to assess how the environment will change naturally and in response to a range of potential developments from us and the rest of the community requires insight, a broad range of data and analytical skills. Through my travels and interactions with many affiliates globally, I see we have great people working the issues, and I have the confidence in them to assess these changes, and identify environmental management strategies and studies to reduce or eliminate our impacts.”

Environmental management is important for our business, as well as the world in which we live and operate. Globally, our projects are carried out in a diverse range of settings that have varying environmental, social and health risks. We systematically identify, assess, manage and monitor these risks throughout the life cycle of our work. Our pursuit of superior environmental performance is founded on a thorough understanding of local regulatory, environmental, socioeconomic and health contexts. Early on and throughout an asset’s life cycle, we identify potential risks through our Environmental Aspects Assessment (EAA) and Environmental, Socioeconomic and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) processes. We also prepare Environmental, Socioeconomic and Health Management Plans and Environmental Business Plans (EBPs) to guide the implementation of mitigation and monitoring strategies aimed at effectively managing impacts and their associated risks. We integrate stakeholder engagement into this effort throughout the asset life cycle.

Environmental risk management, along with risk management in all facets of our business, is guided by our Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS). This disciplined approach establishes a common framework for addressing safety, security, health, environmental and social risks and their related impacts. It also provides a systematic, structured approach to measure progress and track accountability across business lines, facilities and projects.