Woodside recognised for environmental excellence by APPEA

Woodside won the APPEA Environment Excellence Award particularly for its work on coastal environments.

Woodside won the APPEA Environment Excellence Award particularly for its work on coastal environments.

Woodside Energy has secured the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Excellence Award at the APPEA 2015 Conference Dinner in Melbourne.

Announcing the award, APPEA Board member and Buru Energy Executive Chairman Eric Streitberg said the judges were impressed in that Woodside had shown consistent excellence in environmental management, which included strategic planning, risk management, monitoring and evaluation.

“The company is an industry leader in community and stakeholder engagement, and in developing and implementing environmental projects that deliver public benefits,” said Mr Streitberg.

“Woodside has also shown a strong commitment to environmental research, particularly in marine science.”

Woodside’s marine research projects have involved collaboration with a range of organisations, including: universities, CSIRO, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Western Australian Museum and the Western Australian Department of Park and Wildlife.

Its flagship research projects include the Scott Reef Maxima Seismic Survey and the Rankin Bank and Glomar Shoals Study.

Mr Streitberg also commented that Woodside has a long history of cutting-edge environmental management.

Initiatives for Woodside’s workforce include an environment guide book to support managers and ‘environment walks’ that involve using site-specific environmental management checks and questions to acquire information that can inform environmental risk planning workshops.

In 2005, the company was one of the first organisations in the country to grant its employees 12 hours paid leave to undertake volunteering activities, a program that includes a partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Woodside employees have contributed significantly to community coast care groups and work closely with conservationists to rehabilitate and protect coastal and estuarine environments.

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