In line with our business principles we are dedicated to understanding, managing and reducing the environmental impact of our activities and are keen to implement internationally recognised environmental management systems to achieve this.
As an integrated energy company we feel the role we have to play in reducing the carbon emissions and the impact of climate change is significant. We will continue, directly – through our business activities, indirectly – through our supply chain management and whilst dealing with customers, to encourage everyone to use energy more efficiently.
We are passionate about making a difference to climate change and the development of low-carbon energy sources. We will ensure our customers are able to get involved in the move to a low-carbon future by helping them make informed decisions about their use of our products and services and will continue to encourage our employees to operate in a manner that is responsible in preserving resources.
Here are some examples of our work to reduce our environmental impact at the site.
- We will avoid vehicle movements during school arrival/departure times
- We will schedule vehicle movements to avoid congestion at the site entrance
- We will instruct vehicle drivers of the correct route to take, to be courteous and to observe speed limits
- We will arrange temporary lighting so as to minimise light pollution beyond the site boundary
- We will use properly silenced equipment and avoid noisy operations outside normal working hours
- We will ensure no dust, liquid, vapour or vibration will be generated that has the potential to affect any off-site areas
Ecological studies at the site have provided useful wildlife and biological information that will be helped to preserve and protect.
Ecological assessments have included desk study and field surveys to describe the ecological baseline, an evaluation of nature conservation interests, assessment of potential effects, description of mitigation measures and assessment of residual effects on flora and fauna.
No designated statutory or non-statutory sites of nature conservation value will be significantly affected by the development. Potential minor, temporary and indirect effects will be avoided and minimised through control of construction methods and standard measures to prevent pollution and other environmental incidents.
No statutory protected species will be significantly affected by the development. Potential minor, temporary and indirect effects will be avoided and minimised through control of construction methods and standard measures to prevent pollution and other environmental incidents.
The site will be regularly inspected and monitored to detect protected and/or notable species (particularly badger, water vole and nesting birds) in close proximity to working areas and appropriate mitigation measures implemented if required.
Habitat losses are restricted to areas of low nature conservation value, including arable land and species-poor hedgerows. Most of this will be reinstated on completion of the pipeline installation. New planting will offset minor losses to hedgerow habitats.
The mitigation proposals include regular inspection and auditing of environmental protection measures to ensure standards are met and to implement remedial actions should any significant environmental incidents occur.
It is concluded that there are no significant ecological effects arising from the project and that the plans do not conflict with Local plan policies for nature conservation.