Environmental Standards

BSP was officially accredited with the Environmental Management System ISO 14001 certification in November 2005. ISO 14001 is a standard that reflects how well a company manages their environmental risks and impacts. The certification illustrates that BSP has performed its business within the stringent environmental requirements as defined in ISO 14001. It also demonstrates the company’s commitment to protect and preserve the environment while carrying out its business across the company, onshore and offshore. 

A key demonstrator of BSP’s commitment to the Environment and Sustainable Development is the Sungai Bera Holding Basin Remediation Project. This basin was an old BSP waste handling facility. From a six-hectare area that was once filled with oil sludge, the Basin is now a piece of land returned to the natural environment and has been restored to its pristine state.

BSP – Focused on ISO 14001 

BSP was awarded the international environmental management system standard, ISO 14001, corporately in November 2005, but prior to this the Seria Crude Oil Terminal was already certified in 2000, and it has become the cornerstone of the way we work to protect the environment. So what are the key elements and benefits of ISO 14001, and what actions can BSP staff take to support it? 

Key Elements and Benefits of ISO 14001 

The ISO 14001 standard helps organizations not only comply with local and international environmental laws, but also minimize environmental risks. It also provides a foundation for sustainable development, defined by the Brundtland Commission as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Organizations implementing ISO 14001 are required to define sustainable development objectives, implement a programme to bring them about and monitor progress. The figure above shows the key elements in the process, including: 

  • Awareness of the environmental impact of any activity
  • Acceptance of responsibility through an Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • Policies which focus on the reduction of harmful impacts
  • Increased responsibility of staff through awareness, training and competence development

The implementation of ISO 14001 helps organizations achieve a range of tangible benefits. Profitability is improved by identifying where raw materials, byproducts and waste can be reduced, thereby minimizing costs. Operations benefit through increased efficiencies. Compliance with ISO 14001 also enhances a company’s reputation among customers, employees, investors, public and regulators.

Supporting ISO 14001 at BSP 

BSP’s commitment to the environment is embedded in its HSE policy, which specifies that all activities must take into account protection of the environment, efficient use of materials and energy, compliance with legislation, and continuous improvement of performance. 

As part of BSP’s implementation of ISO 14001, the company identifies its environmental aspects and their significance. BSP’s environmental aspects are listed in the Aspects Register for each asset unit. The aspects include: chemical and materials handling; hydrocarbons; land and marine engagement; hazardous and non-hazardous waste; air emissions; energy; and water. The ISO14001 Aspects Register also provides steps to minimize these aspects’ actual and potential impact on the environment. 

There are four things that individuals in BSP can do to support ISO14001: 

  • Improve your awareness of BSP’s environmental targets and issues, and of the specific areas that relate to your job. Relevant training courses include HSE induction, Managing HSE in the Business, ISO14001 Auditor Courses, ISO14001 Awareness and Aspect Registers and Toolbox talks. The HSE page on the BSP web site also features information on Standards, Procedures and Guidelines, Legislation, Audits, Training material and other related documents.
  • Ensure compliance to BSP procedures and legal requirements pertaining to the environment.
  • Take the initiative to be more environmentally friendly. For example, practice energy efficiency in the workplace, reduce waste by throwing away only what can’t be re-used, avoiding pollution of land, water and air, etc.
  • If in doubt about any activity that seems to be negatively impacting the environment, always opt for the precautionary action before any irreparable damage is caused.

For further information on ISO 14001, contact the HSE/5 Environmental Affairs section in HSE.