Canadian Natural’s environmental practices are maintained through an Environmental Management System (EMS). This system supports continuous improvement by setting targets to measure, and by monitoring and reviewing, our performance.
Our EMS and operating guidelines focus on the management of environmental risk and the continuous improvement of environmental performance while meeting regulatory requirements and corporate standards. Maintaining an effective EMS is key to identifying, minimizing and mitigating potential impacts on land, water and air. EMS performance is tracked through a combination of measurement techniques and internal auditing.
In 2015, we consolidated our North America Exploration and Production (NA E&P) and Horizon Oil Sands (Horizon) EMS into one single EMS. We revised and streamlined procedures to ensure that consistent standards were applied across all our operating areas. Enhancements were made to our compliance tracking and reporting systems across our operations to ensure timely reporting.
Canadian Natural’s EMS is structured in accordance to principles found within the Corporate Statement on Environmental Protection, that defines the way in which we conduct our business. Our Corporate Statements are also consistent with the requirements of the ISO 14001 Standard.
Our International operations are ISO 14001:2004 certified – this certification is an integral part of the European Union‘s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). ISO 14001 is a family of standards related to environmental management that exists to help organizations (1) minimize how their operations and processes affect the environment (impacts to air, water, or land); (2) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements; and (3) continuous improvement in these areas.
Our international operations have stringent operating standards, such as:
- Exercising care with respect to all waste produced through effective waste management plans;
- Limiting environmental impact through use of water-based, drilling muds whenever possible; and
- Minimizing produced water volumes offshore through cost-effective measures.
Contractor environmental compliance
We also work with our contractors to improve safety and environmental performance at all our sites. All our contractors need to pre-qualify prior to performing any work or providing any services to our Company. Our process also includes compliance management in the areas of health, safety and environment. For more information on our contractor prequalification process, read our Working with Contractors section.