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Although carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) rose by 4 per cent between 2014 and 2016, this was against a background in which production increased by almost 16 per cent.
The decommissioning of platforms with older turbine technology and the introduction of new energy efficient installations has led to the decreased emissions footprint.
The review of industry's environmental performance during 2016 also shows that the volume discharged to sea of produced water - water that comes to the surface with hydrocarbons during production - is down 6% on the previous year.
Report findings include:
Louise O'Hara Murray, Environment Manager with Oil & Gas UK, said: “For the last two years the sector has focused on improving the efficiency of its offshore operations – increasing production while halving unit operating costs despite the challenges of a maturing oil and gas basin.
“Implementing these efficiencies has also brought improvements in environmental performance in several key areas, demonstrating that increasing efficiency can also reduce impact on the environment rather than generating greater risk.
“The UK Continental Shelf is a mature basin where exploration and production is challenging and more energy and chemicals are needed to extract hydrocarbons. However, we are continuing to manage industry's emissions and discharges.
“The overall trend captured in our Environment Report shows that discharges, emissions and accidental releases are still trending downwards. While production has gone up, emissions and discharges have not gone up by the same proportion. This shows that we are managing them appropriately.
“The industry takes its responsibility for the environment it works in very seriously and is committed to minimising its impact on the natural environment.”
The Environment Report 2017 – which presents data for 2016 and is the most recent dataset available – can be found here.
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