Chevron Receives United Nations Association Environment Honour
PERTH, Western Australia, 22 June, 2012 – Chevron Australia Pty Ltd has again been recognised for its excellence in environmental management, this time by the United Nations (UN) Association of Australia at its 2012 World Environment Awards.
Chevron’s Gorgon Project Quarantine Management System (QMS) received the Business Award for Best Practice Program which demonstrates excellence in environmental management and sustainable development, consistent with global UN standards.
Scott Young, Gorgon Development Director, Chevron Australia, said the company was honoured to be recognised with such a prestigious award.
“Chevron places the highest priority on environmental stewardship and demonstrating how, with appropriate environmental management, industry and conservation can coexist,” Mr Young said.
Johann van der Merwe, quarantine manager, Chevron Australia said historically, conservation and large-scale development had been seen as mutually exclusive but that view had changed.
“Our quarantine system is demonstrating that sustainable resources development can occur in ecologically sensitive areas,” Mr van der Merwe said.
“The QMS is likely to be establishing a new global standard and illustrates what can be achieved when community, government and industry work together. The system can be replicated in other regions of the world, by governments, local authorities and projects to protect the environment.”
Chevron’s QMS consists of more than 300 procedures, specifications, checklists and guidelines to protect the biodiversity and surrounding waters of Barrow Island, a Class A Nature Reserve where the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project is under construction. It has been recognised by the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority as likely to be “world’s best practice.”
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies and through its Australian subsidiaries, has been present in Australia for 60 years. With the ingenuity and commitment of more than 3,000 people, Chevron Australia leads the development of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; manages its equal one-sixth interest in the North West Shelf Venture; and operates Australia’s largest onshore oilfield on Barrow Island and the Thevenard Island oilfields. The company is also a participant in the Browse liquefied natural gas development and is a significant investor in exploration offshore northwest Australia. In addition, Chevron’s Perth-based Global Technology Centre provides technology support and solutions to the company’s operations in Australia and around the world. www.chevronaustralia.com