Some of our activities, such as burning fossil fuels for power generation and operating our shipping fleet, emit or contribute to pollutants of sulphur oxides (SOₓ), nitrogen oxides (NOₓ) and ozone. Non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHCs) are sometimes released during the production, storage, refining and handling of hydrocarbons and also come from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels in our operations. These pollutants may result in the formation of smoke, dust or smog, and can present a risk to human health. We seek to manage these emissions to meet accepted standards and guidelines designed to protect the environment and the health of local communities.
We are working with an air monitoring manufacturer and academia to pilot portable, real-time, air monitoring technology. The technology is designed to measure NOₓ, SOₓ and ground level ozone in different climates and physical environments. This air quality data will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of our emissions and will allow for more effective management.
Impacts from SOₓ, NOₓ and NMHC emissions usually occur at a local or regional level. We provide further information on how we are managing emissions to air at our major operating sites in our verified site reports.