While promoting the economic development of offshore oil and gas reserves, all activities undertaken by Industry in the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf beyond the Territorial Sea, will be carried out in an environmentally responsible, open and transparent manner.
Operators undertake to conduct all activities to the standard of a Reasonable and Prudent Operator, and undertake to ensure such standards extend to all aspects of their operations including environmental management principles and practices pertaining to the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf beyond the Territorial Sea.
Absence of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason to postpone cost–effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.
While undertaking petroleum exploration, development and production activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf beyond the Territorial Sea, Industry shall adopt and apply the best practicable options to minimise or prevent adverse effects on the environment. In particular, such activities shall be conducted to minimise and where practicable avoid significant adverse impacts and/or effects on :
the marine environment, including marine habitats and communities
the distribution, abundance and productivity of species, in particular endangered or threatened species or populations of such species
air and water quality.
Consideration should also be given to:
the efficient use of energy, water, materials and transport
appropriate waste management procedures for the prevention, minimisation, recycling, treatment and disposal of waste
life-cycle impacts of procurement decisions
appropriate procedures to avoid off–shore installations introducing exotic organisms by fouling and ballast water
appropriate procedures to avoid any exotic organisms being transferred around New Zealand’s coastal marine environment by hull fouling on service vessels.
The Government is responsible for policies and regulations that support sustainable development. Industry shall use these Guidelines in alignment with the applicable policies and regulations (refer to Annex 2). [Annex 2 provides an overview of legislation, guidelines and policies that may apply to the Industry in the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf beyond the Territorial Sea.]