This first-of-its kind set of tools is designed to help companies implement the Voluntary Principles (VP) on Security and Human Rights. Particularly aimed at those operating in areas of geographical conflict and weak governance, the tool contains four practical modules. These can be used either individually or together, offering useful guidance on many challenging business environments. It was co-financed and developed by ICMM, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues (IPIECA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The publication aims to: Outline the various elements of the SD Framework relating to human rights (in addition to a core set of 10 Principles, the Framework also comprises a number of ICMM Position Statements and detailed reporting and assurance requirements1); Highlight key pressure points of relevance to business and human rights, as well as some relevant external tools and initiatives; and Briefly document approaches to dealing with human rights issues adopted by a number of ICMM members in order to facilitate the spread of good practice.
Demonstrating no net loss by integrating biodiversity management into operational practices based on sound science
Using applied ecology, the Villano Biodiversity (VBD) Project evaluated the status of biodiversity in the wider area of Villano and identified the key drivers of change, both at landscape and site-specific levels, differentiating impacts of AOE’s operations from those caused by other human activities. It demonstrated, based on sound science, that AOE’s current operations are substantially neutral from an ecological point of view and that the restoration of the limited and localised impacts of oil activities is feasible, effective and relatively swift. This means that the operating model of avoid and minimise impacts adopted by AOE is effective in achieving No Net Loss of biodiversity.
Uncharted wilderness: a detailed program for protecting biodiversity while developing liquefied natural gas infrastructure in one of the world’s least explored regions
EHL has developed a Biodiversity Strategy, which outlines how PNG LNG has and will continue to manage terrestrial biodiversity in its Upstream Project Area. As part of this Biodiversity Strategy, EHL is also developing an extensive technical rationale for biodiversity offset selection, scoping potential offset areas, activities and partners and assessing the feasibility of a number of options to implement the plan.
Quarantine management for the Barrow Island gas processing plant and oilfield ( Gorgon gas processing plant and oilfield operated by Chevron on Barrow Island, Australia )
Chevron Australia has operated the largest onshore oilfield in Australia on Barrow Island for more than 45 years. Despite this significant activity, the island’s unique biodiversity remains intact and the ecosystem remains essentially free of exotic plants and animals. This is not due to luck but to a rigorous Quarantine Management System (QMS) – a scalable system that enables fit-for-purpose management seamlessly integrated with existing environmental management systems and corporate management systems. The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority described the QMS as ‘likely to be world’s best practice’.
Protecting marine turtles, cetaceans, and West African manatees as part of a Biodiversity Action Plan ( Angola LNG partners with the Wildlife Conservation Society while building a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant near the city of Soyo, Angola )
Angola LNG is using Chevron’s Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS) to manage the potential health, environmental, safety, reliability and efficiency risks, and potential impacts of the construction and operation of the Angola LNG project. A third-party accredited examiner of quality and environmental management systems has attested that the OEMS is aligned with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 and Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) 18001, two internationally-recognized accreditation standards for environmental and safety management.
In South Africa, water demand is expected to rise over the next 20 years while its supply is likely to decline. Persistently poor usage habits, physical and commercial water losses and ecological degradation, such as the loss of wetlands, have been among the chief causes for the impending crisis.
This book is an important and comprehensive piece of work that seeks to deepen the awareness and understanding of the nexus which spans across the issue of water and to explore solutions to the water scarcity challenge ahead.
In this pilot phase, WRG has worked with three partner governments – Jordan, the state of Karnataka and South Africa – to identify three priority levers of action in each government’s water use transformation space, with each lever corresponding to ones in WRG’s Charting Our Water Future report.
This document has evolved out of a growing sense that more mutually beneficial engagement between mining ompanies and ASM operators is needed. For this to happen, “good practices” need further definition and further sharing across companies. In this spirit, the ASM-LSM guidance note brings together for the first time a number of approaches and tools for companies to engage with ASM.