Protecting the environment

We are committed to working in an environmentally responsible way and limiting the environmental impact of our operations around the globe.

Our target is zero environmental incidents and a progressive reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Performance and priorities





Develop and roll-out an Environmental Toolkit to support the Environment Management System and integrated assurance programme The Environmental Toolkit was developed, complete with standards, guidelines and infographics Launch the Toolkit across the Group and roll-out an online environmental data collation tool
Identify further opportunities for improving energy efficiency by conducting a feasibility study on the use of renewable energy in power generation on construction projects A feasibility study was conducted to assess the implementation of a solar-diesel hybrid system for power generation on our construction projects - Develop a methodology for assessing the potential for introducing renewables in future projects
- Implement solar-diesel hybrid power generation system onto any new projects that meet the criteria
Roll-out the Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Standard and Inspection Checklist across the Group The Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Standard and Inspection Checklist were launched, along with a toolkit Raise awareness of UN SDG 14
(Life below water), promoting initiatives to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution
Conduct a gap analysis on information to be included in the Annual Report against Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations The TCFD gap analysis was conducted, recommendations were agreed by the Executive Committee, and initial steps
taken towards compliance
Work towards TCFD compliance, including the completion of climate scenario analyses
Continue to achieve a reduction in our GHG performance through energy efficiency initiatives We improved our Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) rating to ‘B’ and are progressing on our 20% reduction in GHG intensity by 2030 (over the baseline year of 2015) - Initiate our journey towards carbon neutrality, and create awareness of the subject across the Group
- Build on our CDP ‘B’ rating and further improve our disclosure
    - Develop sustainability plans for each of our main offices (including initiatives that support improvements in energy efficiency and the reduction in single-use plastics)
- Promote circular economy initiatives in our projects and operations
- Raise further awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through a programme of monthly themed initiatives


Managing our environmental risk

In terms of emissions, we aim to achieve a 2% year-on-year reduction in GHG emission intensity over the baseline year of 2015, with a 20% reduction by 2030 for all of our business lines. These targets are supported by strategies and actions to optimise energy efficiency, implement technical solutions, and encourage employee-led initiatives. Each year, we participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which is aligned to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations, which enables us to publicly disclose our performance and approach to climate-related issues. In 2019 we continued to enhance our climate change programme and achieved an improved CDP rating of ‘B’.

This is at the top of the CDP ‘Management’ band for taking coordinated action on climate issues, and above both the European regional average of C, and the average for our direct competitors.


CDP 'B' rating achieved in 2019


Environmental successes for 2019

Using digital technology to help clients reduce carbon emissions

An important strategic theme for Petrofac is our use of disruptive digital technologies to help the Company work faster, smarter and safer. And, by enabling ultra-efficient delivery, the deployment of digital is also having a significant environmental dividend.

In 2019, we combined several new technologies in an innovative proof of concept programme, bringing together Digital Twin technologies, Petrofac’s new Connected Worker system, and an online quality assurance process. In addition to improving productivity, the initiative also feeds directly through to big environmental benefits and supports our clients’ lower carbon programmes.

For example, it has been agreed that, for one of BP’s offshore assets, we will now be in a position to cut the number of inspection trips from three to two in 2020. This means sending fewer people on fewer flights. It also promises more uptime and, potentially, less flaring.




Introducing circular economy ideas into construction

As an alternative to the traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose), our project sites are looking at how they can introduce circular economy ideas – keeping resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value, and then recovering and regenerating the material.

On our Khazzan site in Oman, the project team preserved as much surplus construction material as possible, carefully collecting pipes, fittings, valves and cables, to be re-used in the planned second phase of the project. The material was meticulously inspected to ensure suitability for re-use, and long-term preservation procedures were developed and implemented. As a result, some 235 km of cables, 10 km of piping, 99,000 stud bolts, 25 km of cable trays, 900 valves, and 1,200 drums of chemicals were kept for future use – minimising waste and saving costs.

Enhancing energy efficiency with waste heat

Through our value engineering process, we find significant opportunities to enable our clients to enhance their energy efficiency. In Thailand, for example, Petrofac project engineers proposed a way to recover high temperature air from the compressor discharge and re-use it in the steam generation system. As well as bringing a daily power saving of more than 1 megawatt, this eliminated the need for two after-coolers and their related infrastructure.

The client happily approved these proposals, and the end-result was a simpler, more elegant design, a smaller carbon footprint in its construction, and an estimated saving of 5,517 tonnes in GHG emissions over the life of the project.

Environment at Petrofac