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Sustainability article round-up: May 2021

The IPIECA monthly article round-up showcases recent sustainability-related achievements, projects and news from IPIECA members and organization­­s that IPIECA partners with, demonstrating their commitment to advancing environmental and social performance across oil and gas and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The May edition demonstrates how members are continuing to collaborate, innovate and scale-up technologies to accelerate contributions to the energy transition, from solar energy farms and hydrogen solutions to sustainable aviation fuel, and more. We also feature a case study on mitigating biodiversity impacts on seabed fauna, as well as shared perspectives on the value of voluntary human rights initiatives.


Member sustainability articles

 

bp

Lightsource bp on track to develop 600MW solar hub in Australia

Lightsource bp, a 50:50 solar energy projects joint venture with bp, has secured planning approval to expand its Wellington North solar farm in New South Wales, Australia. Once operational, the hub will produce enough renewable electricity to power 170,000 Australian homes, saving 938,000 carbon emissions annually.

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Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes and Bloom Energy to accelerate energy transition through efficient power and hydrogen solutions

Baker Hughes is set to explore the commercialisation and deployment of integrated, low carbon power-generation and hydrogen solutions, in collaboration with distributed energy company, Bloom Energy. The collaboration hopes to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies by providing customers with differentiated and customised integrated energy solutions.

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ConocoPhillips

Mitigating biodiversity impacts through seabed fauna surveys

Prior to drilling two new offshore exploration wells in Norway, ConocoPhillips conducted environmental and habitat assessment surveys to identify sensitive seabed fauna and habitats that may be disturbed by drilling activities. The scientific information provided by the baseline assessment enabled the optimal placement of wells and rig anchor lines, avoiding impact to coral gardens, sponge communities and other seabed species.

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Irish Offshore Operators’ Association

Irish Offshore Operators’ Association proposes low carbon energy hubs for Ireland

Engaging with the Irish Government’s consultation process for the Climate Action Plan 2021, the IOOA presented two strategic proposals which utilise national infrastructure to advance emissions reductions whilst ensuring Ireland’s energy security. The proposal includes the use of carbon capture, utilisation and sequestration technology, combined offshore wind energy and hydrogen production, as well as the development of local supply of clean natural gas.

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Suncor

Suncor and ATCO partner on clean hydrogen project in Alberta

Suncor and ATCO are collaborating on the early design and engineering for a project which would produce more than 300,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year. Based in Alberta, Canada, the project is expected to reduce local emissions by more than two million tonnes per year, contributing significantly to Canada’s net-zero ambition, as well as generating new jobs and economic activity.

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Total

Total contributes to long-haul sustainable aviation fuel powered flight

The combined efforts of Air France-KLM, Total, Groupe ADP and Airbus saw a successful first long-haul flight powered by French sustainable aviation fuel and supported by fully electric ground operations, demonstrating a synergetic commitment to reducing aviation’s environmental footprint. Made from waste and residue sourced from the circular economy, the 16% blend biofuel used on the flight lessened its emissions by twenty tonnes.

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Partner sustainability article

 

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Exploring the role of voluntary initiatives in business and human rights legislation

An online discussion between the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights, the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development explored how voluntary, collaborative initiatives can complement mandatory human rights due diligence processes by bringing valuable insights and perspectives to companies looking to operationalise the United Nations Guiding Principles in their strategies, activities and relationships.

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