Our policy commitments and our objective of being industry leader in HSE give rise to expectations about the company's environmental performance and contribution to sustainable development. We are committed to contributing to sustainable development through our core activities wherever we work.

The impacts of our activities are wide-ranging. They can be related to emissions, discharges, land use, the use of limited natural resources, and threats to biodiversity, the cultural heritage, or human health and welfare. The impact on the environment is a function of the condition and capacity of the area affected, the type of activity, the technology applied and operational standards.

We have established a set of environmental principles that guide how we work in Statoil. An extract from these principles follows below:

  • We aim to assess relevant environmental and social issues and minimise the negative impact on the environment.
  • We seek to maintain biodiversity and key ecosystem functions and values, and, where possible, to make a positive contribution to preserving biodiversity.
  • We endeavour to practise sustainable water resource management by continually looking for ways to ensure responsible and efficient use of limited water resources, and to preserve quality through the design and operations of our facilities.

We are committed to contributing to sustainable energy systems and technology. We endeavour to take a knowledge-based management approach in order to acquire sufficient understanding to achieve sustainable and safe operations wherever we work. We apply the precautionary principle in our understanding and management of risk

In this section, you will find examples of our efforts to contribute to sustainable energy systems and technology and environmental protection in 2010.