On 9 April, the European Commission issues an announcement to bring awareness to the publication of the Final Guidance Document, Best Available Techniques Guidance Document on Upstream Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production. The guidance will assist both organizations engaged in hydrocarbon activities and regulatory authorities in ensuring that these activities are less damaging to the environment.
The document addresses 13 onshore and 10 offshore activities pertaining to upstream activities that have been identified as potentially posing the biggest impact to the environment and human health. The identified best practices in the document are intended to serve as guidance for organizations engaged in hydrocarbon activities and for regulatory/permitting authorities to draw upon when planning new facilities or carrying out modifications to existing facilities, planning changes and investments and permitting activities across the European Union.
More information can be found on the European Commission website.