We continue to take steps towards the systematic management of our environmental impacts.
We have long taken a systematic approach to the management of environmental issues in Georgia, not least because of the commitments we made under the environmental and social action plan which was developed during pipeline construction and necessitated a rigorous approach to action tracking and closure. The management system is based on the ISO 14001 ‘plan-do-check-act’ cycle, which is also fully incorporated into the OMS improvement cycle.
Our operations here have been certified ISO 14001 compliant for last 12 years, with the scope of activities covered under the system expanding steadily. As required under ISO, the system is regularly audited by an external assessor and we have disclosed our record of compliance in our previous sustainability reporting.
The effectiveness of our environmental performance is also regularly reviewed by other audits such as the annual reviews by the independent environmental consultant appointed on behalf of the original project lenders. To date, 14 of these annual audits have been carried out.
Responsibility for implementing and maintaining the environmental management system (EMS) rests with the leadership team. The Georgia compliance and environment team is responsible for EMS co-ordination and maintenance, while the regulatory compliance and environment director oversees the system across the BP regional business. At site level, site managers are responsible for its maintenance.