Mitigating negative environmental impact and promoting the efficient use of resources
Preserving a hospitable natural environment and favourable resources base is one of the core principles in Gazprom Neft operations and those of all its subsidiaries. The Company is committed to minimising the negative impact of production activities on the environment.
Gazprom Neft conducts a thorough assessment of the environmental impact of planned and current production activities and takes into account all factors of its influence on the ecosystem as well as the specific features of these systems — vegetation cycles as well as fish spawning and animal migration periods. The Company pays special attention to regions with environmentally sensitive territories that are exposed to significant environmental risks. Additional monitoring of the environment and scientific research work to reclaim oil contaminated soil are conducted in these sensitive territories along with rehabilitation measures.
Gazprom Neft employs an integrated environmental management system. In 2014, it underwent its annual certification audit to confirm compliance with the requirements of international standard ISO 14001:2004. Certification was also confirmed for the subsidiaries: OJSC Gazpromneft-Omsk Oil Refinery, OJSC Gazpromneft-Moscow Oil Refinery and LLC Gazpromneft-Sakhalin.
In 2015, LLC Gazprom Neft Shelf plans to obtain certification in environmental management matters.
Gazprom Neft was the first among Russian companies to join the Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology Joint Industry Programme being implemented by major oil and gas companies from around the world.
The Company conducts training programmes each year for executives of subsidiaries and specialists who are in positions to take decisions during activities that have or could have a negative environmental impact. In 2014, approximately 11,500 Company employees and executives underwent training.