BP sets "millennium challenge"

Oil major promises external verification of management at all "significant" sites by 2000

Oil multinational BP has pledged to gain external verification of environmental management systems by 2000 at all sites which could have "significant" environmental impacts. The company's latest annual report sets a number of other new targets for the millennium, including a pledge to halve annual hydrocarbon emissions by 2001 compared to 1995 levels. But it has got off to a bad start with a recorded 13% increase in hydrocarbon emissions in 1996 compared with the previous year. The company fights shy of setting targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but pledges to "seek continuous improvement in our own use of energy". It pledged last month to increase the company's investment in solar power (ENDS Daily 21 May). BP also states that it is considering following other chemical companies such as ICI and Dow in reporting the impact of its emissions as well as raw emissions data. But it confesses to having difficulty in deciding how to present local and regional impacts in a group-wide report, and in judging "the matter of how impact is defined and who defines it".

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