The Energy and Biodiversity Initiative (EBI), a partnership of four energy companies and five conservation organizations, release collaborative report, Energy and Biodiversity: Integrating Biodiversity Conservation into Oil and Gas Development
The Energy and Biodiversity Initiative (EBI), a partnership of four energy companies and five conservation organizations, released its collaborative report, "Energy and Biodiversity: Integrating Biodiversity Conservation into Oil and Gas Development." This report contains recommendations and tools for integrating biodiversity conservation into oil and gas development, and is intended to be a practical manual for building biodiversity protection into the entire lifecycle of oil and gas operations, from exploration to decommissioning.
The report and supporting products, including guides, discussion papers and additional resources, address the following six questions:
The report and supporting products can be found online at www.TheEBI.org. Convened by the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), a division of Conservation International, the EBI participants include BP, ChevronTexaco, Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, Shell, Smithsonian Institution, Statoil, The Nature Conservancy, and IUCN - The World Conservation Union.
To encourage progress in integrating biodiversity conservation into oil and gas exploration and production and gas processing activities, the Energy and Biodiversity Initiative report makes twelve recommendations including:
The EBI group seeks to influence a broad range of the oil and gas industry from major energy companies to state-owned and regional companies. While primarily targeting the energy industry, the report will also be useful for conservation organizations, governments, communities and others with an interest in ensuring the effective integration of biodiversity considerations into oil and gas development.
In order to begin testing and refining the reports recommendations, the EBI will work closely with the Biodiversity Working Group established by the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP). The EBI will work with the working group to encourage the use, testing and refinement of the recommendations and products within the industry, and to further the goal of integrating biodiversity conservation into company decision-making, operations and management systems. Achieving this vision will require a collaborative effort among companies, conservation organizations, governments, communities and other stakeholders.
For the EBI companies, implementation of the recommendations is a work in progress. The EBI participants recognize that oil and gas companies each have a different set of values, principles and policies, and each is at a different point in terms of integrating biodiversity into its systems and operations. Companies also operate in different parts of the world and encounter a wide range of approaches to regulating the environmental impacts of oil and gas development. As such, each company will need to adapt its business procedures based on prioritization of needs and potential risks and benefits. Specific statements regarding each member organizations continuing commitment to the EBI process can be found online at www.TheEBI.org after the embargo lifts on August 26th.
In August 2001, the Energy and Biodiversity Initiative was selected by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as one of the winners of the 2002 World Summit Business Awards for Sustainable Development Partnerships in Johannesburg, South Africa. The ICC/UNEP selection panel recognized the EBI as one of four partnerships that has made a global contribution to sustainable development.
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