Our Responsibilities


Santos has a long history of conducting its activities in a way that avoids and minimises potential impacts on the environment. This is based on a thorough understanding of the environment itself, coupled with proven techniques tailored to specific ecosystems.

Tony Dean, Instrument Technician, and Peter ODowd, Field Operator, installing solar powered air compressor, Tirrawarra, Cooper Basin.

Employees and contractors have specific responsibilities for minimising environmental impacts, as detailed in the Environmental Vision, Commitment and Policy. Hazard analysis, monitoring, auditing and inspections are used to continuously improve procedures and practices.

The company-wide Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) provides a structured framework for effective environmental and safety practice across all of Santos' activities and operations.

The system, based on the ISO 14001 and AS 4801 standards, has been designed to ensure consistent standards for all employees and contractors. It incorporates industry best practice and includes 17 management standards and more than 30 hazard standards.

Environmental Performance

Santos monitors environmental performance with company-wide and site-specific key performance indicators.

Emergency contingency plans, in place at all operating areas, are tested and updated on a regular basis.

Santos reports and investigates environmental incidents, near misses and hazards. Issues of concern are incorporated into hazard registers. Procedures are modified to prevent recurrence in similar circumstances.

External assessments of Santos' environment, health and safety standards have been undertaken at major operating sites to determine the level of conformance, to provide a baseline from which opportunities to improve performance can be identified and acted upon.

Environmental Policy

Our Environmental Vision: "We will continuously seek to find new ways to minimise our environmental impact across the lifecycle of our activities"

At Santos we are adopting the principles of sustainable development. We recognise our responsibility to meet community expectations and we are committed to the continuous improvement of our environmental performance. We believe that environmental stewardship is both a management obligation and the responsibility of every employee.

"As Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, I am committed to working with Santos personnel to ensure that this policy is communicated, understood, accepted and successfully implemented by all Santos employees and contractors."

David Knox
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Climate Change Policy

Our Climate Change Vision: “Santos will lower the carbon intensity of its products”

Climate change is a long-term issue, requiring urgent but informed action to stabilise atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. As a global stakeholder in the energy business we recognise that one of our key social and environmental responsibilities is to pursue strategies that address the issue of climate change.