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Managing our impacts

We work hard to avoid, mitigate and manage our environmental and social impacts over the life of our operations

How our businesses around the world understand and manage their environmental and social impacts is set out in our operating management system – which underscores the importance of consulting with stakeholders who may be affected by our activities.

Project planning – graphic
Mauritania, small boats on river

We identify actions we need to take to manage potential impacts from our activities in areas such as labour rights, land acquisition, local communities and protected areas.

BP is working with Kosmos Energy to develop natural gas resources off the coast of Mauritania and Senegal. Our offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility will supply gas to both domestic and global markets, generating revenues and new energy supplies for the two countries.


As we progress with our work, we’ve been keen to understand the concerns and expectations of the people living there. Over the course of 2017, we met with more than 2,600 community members in the two countries. We discussed issues ranging from local employment to our ability to respond to an oil spill. These consultations will contribute to an environmental and social impact assessment in 2018.

Operations – graphic
Workers in Tangguh

At our major operating sites, we review performance each year and set local improvement targets. These can include measures on flaring, greenhouse gas emissions and the use of water.


When we began planning our liquefied natural gas plant in Indonesia in 2002, we set up an independent panel to monitor our progress. The Tangguh Independent Advisory Panel (TIAP) continues to review our performance in areas such as human rights, security and governance.

  • Visit bp.com/id for TIAP reports and BP’s responses.
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Miller platform, North Sea

We consider environmental factors such as the reuse of materials and appropriate disposal when closing down a site.


When it was time to decommission our Miller platform in the North Sea after 15 years in operation, we evaluated how we could use UK suppliers to carry out the work and what opportunities there were to recycle materials.

  • About 70% of the engineering and removal work is going to UK suppliers.
  • Up to 97% of the materials, the majority of which is steel, will be reused or recycled

We are also participating in a joint industry research programme called INSITE, to better understand the long-term effect of manmade structures on the marine environment.


The North Sea accommodates around 1,300 petroleum installations and 1,800 wind turbines. We set up INSITE to help us further our understanding of their effect on the ecosystem. For example, our researchers are studying how marine organisms move from structure to structure. We can then study how removing the structures will affect these colonies.
Richard Heard,programme director, INSITE