Protection of people, the environment and assets

At Galp, we are committed to the protection of people, the environment and assets. We must continue to improve our health, safety, and environment performance by reducing the negative impact and maximising the positive impact of our operations. We have to do this for our people, our assets, and our stakeholders, who allow us to operate and whose trust we seek to keep.

Carlos Gomes da Silva, Galp’s CEO

Objectives and goals

  • Reaching the goal of zero personal, material, environmental and security accidents of significant impact;
  • Reducing Galp’s AFI (Accident Frequency Index with Lost Time and Fatalities) to 0.5 and becoming a reference in the sector for this indicator by 2020;
  • Investing in the best practices available on safety and environment - €150m in 2017-2021;
  • Guaranteeing 100% of major sites certified by ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001;
  • Promoting eco-efficiency by reducing consumption and atmospheric emissions;
  • Defining objectives and targets for the most material areas;
  • Maintaining a tendency to reduce atmospheric emissions by activity level;
  • Reducing containment losses and maintaining zero accidents that cause environmental damage;
  • Ensuring assessment of biodiversity and water risks in 100% of facilities.

2018 Targets for the Sines and Matosinhos Refineries

Targets 2018 Matosinhos Refinery Sines Refinery
Standardized NOx emissions per treated or processed feedstock (g/ton) 85 84
Standardized SO2 emissions per treated or processed feedstock (g/ton) 20 418
Standardized particulate matter emissions per treated or processed feedstock (g/ton) 10 12
Standardized total water consumption per treated or processed feedstock (m3/ton) 0.60 0.53

 (The established goals comply with the principles of continuous improvement considering the activity plans.)

What we have done

By 2017, we had already achieved goals and made improvements:

  • We ensured transparent and responsible communication of our HSE performance and we published our main objectives and associated goals;
  • We monitored and evaluated the return on environmental investments, expenses, avoided costs and savings;
  • We performed a continual assessment of the risk at facilities throughout the life cycle of activities, products and services;
  • We ensured compliance with the best practices in terms of design, operation and maintenance;
  • We promoted the best available and most efficient technologies for reducing impact and risk;
  • We publicly disclosed the results of the main environmental and social impact studies (EIA/SIA) we have carried out;
  • We promoted a culture of safety based on Galp values and a leadership example;
  • We implemented an HSE management system (G+ System), focused on ensuring compliance with requirements for operations and for preventing major accidents;
  • We have programmes for incident prevention and investigation, promoting the reporting of near accidents and the dissemination of lessons learned;
  • We protected the soil and water resources. We promoted eco-efficiency, reducing the consumption of resources;
  • We integrated biodiversity preservation throughout the life cycle;
  • We carried out campaigns and actions to raise awareness and prevention of diseases and epidemics in geographical areas at risk (for instance, Ebola, Dengue, Malaria, HIV, Tuberculosis), impacting our employees and the surrounding communities.

What we will do

We intend to keep exceeding objectives by 2022:

  • Promoting, from a sustainable value generation perspective, the increasing integration of HSE, social and security management requirements throughout the life cycle of operations and assets;
  • Actively promoting the incorporation of the principles of eco-efficiency and circular economy in our business models, with our customers, partners and community;
  • Continuing our participation in the BCSD project - "Circular Economy and Industrial Symbioses in Portugal";
  • Carrying out a diagnosis about the Galp group’s culture of safety, setting action plans adapted to the different business segments and geographic areas;
  • Developing programmes for the management of human factors;
  • Developing wellness and well-being programmes and actions to promote the health of our employees and to have a positive impact in the surrounding communities, according to the context and geographic areas;
  • Continuing to implement health surveillance plans for prevention and minimisation of work-related risks and diseases.