The overall objective is to minimize our environmental footprint throughout the entire lifecycle.
We assess the operational environmental aspects, impacts and risks at asset level. Oil spills are a critical issue. We concentrate on improving infrastructure and perform emergency drills.
In 2019, our total environmental costs amounted to EUR 214.3 mn. The environmental investments for assets put into operation in 2019 totaled EUR 45.8 mn.
We promote the environmental culture through “Shaping environmental values through performance” Program”. We take the occasion of the World Environment Day to award the best environmental performers across the company.
We implement Water Management Plans to reduce our water withdrawal and improve our water efficiency.
In 2019, our total Water Withdrawal decreased by 55% compared to 2010, and by 2% compared to 2018. The Freshwater Intensity of OMV Petrom decreased by 4.7% in 2019 vs. 2018 based on a 7.2% decrease in Downstream Oil (excluding Power Plants), a 4.7% increase in Power Plants (CCPP Brazi, OMV Petrom City Power Plant) and a 7.3% decrease in Upstream.
We monitor the impact of our activities (pollutant levels) on both groundwater and surface waters. This is performed on a case by case basis, according to specific requirements in the environmental permits and in the water permits of the working points. The main indicator tested is Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH). Monitoring is done annually or twice per year depending on permit requirements. The pollutants concentrations (including oil concentration) in the treated waters discharged to natural waters are measured and monitored as set in the environmental permit and in the water permit in line with water legislation (NTPA 001/2002 - Norms regarding the Maximum Allowable Discharge Concentrations for pollutants in municipal and industrial wastewaters discharged into natural waters).
We manly produce solid and liquid wastes, including oily sludge, waste chemicals, spent catalysts and construction debris.
The total amount of waste generated in 2019 was 527,928 t. Compared to 2018, there was an increase of 23% mainly due to increasing bioremediation of contaminated soil. We recycled / recovered 53% of the total waste generated throughout the year.
In 2019, OMV Petrom initiated the development of a mobile application to enable employees to easily identify protected species observed within their operational boundaries. This project contributes to improve the monitoring of biodiversity conservation and increase awareness on this topic.
OMV Petrom’s activities are partially overlapping with around 3% of the number of Romania’s Natural Protected Areas. Most of them are Sites of Community Importance and Special Protected Areas as defined by the Governance Ordinance no. 57/2005 on protection of natural areas, habitats, flora and wild fauna. Our company assesses the risks posed by our operations to these Natural Protected Areas according to ISO 14001, on a systematic basis. In certain situations, we also commit external specialized resources to assess the biodiversity conservation status as we did, for example, with “Padurea cu pini de la Moinesti” and “Mlastina Satchinez” Natural Protected Areas. In 2019, OMV Petrom, in partnership with Oceanic Club, initiated the development of a mobile application, to enable employees to easily identify protected species observed within their operational boundaries. This project contributes to improve the monitoring of biodiversity conservation and increase awareness on this topic.