Biodiversity is a key element of sustainable development.
Biodiversity has a great potential as a source of food, medicines and natural resources, but is also of great importance in a spiritual, cultural and esthetical context.
Biodiversity is a key component of Statoil's environmental policy. We are committed to developing measures which can ensure a more complete integration in our project development of environmental, social and health issues. Our focus on challenges relating to biodiversity is part of this.
Collaboration and further development
Statoil is an active participant in a Biodiversity Working Group set up by the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP). The group’s goal is to increase awareness about biodiversity in the petroleum industry, and to develop guidelines and tools to preserve biodiversity.
Statoil is a partner in the Proteus programme initiated by the United Nations Environmental Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), which provides relevant and reliable information about biodiversity through a decentralised system of databases. The Proteus programme collaborates with UNEP Grid-Arendal in testing and developing methods for integrated ecosystem administration and involving the local community in Northern Russia.
Today, our environmental monitoring activities have been extended to include more monitoring of deep-water biodiversity in the Norwegian Sea than previously. Among other things, this is has been achieved through our participation in the SERPENT programme whereby equipment used for our subsea installations is also used for mapping and monitoring activities.
Along with several other petroleum companies, we also participate in a major international project designed to increase our knowledge about the effects of noise on sea mammals and other marine organisms.
Statoil is also a member of the steering committee for the so-called SEAPOP (SEAbird POPulations) programme, a sea bird mapping and research programme.
The road ahead
Statoil plans to carry out a review of the company's operations and activities in order to identify challenges relating to biodiversity in the different business areas, including areas in which Statoil does or could make a positive contribution to conserving biodiversity.