Over the last 5 years a rapid evolution has taken place in the Dutch Environmental climate.

There are a number of factors contributing to these developments. Political pressure originating from Global, European and National sources. As a consequence, both the authorities and the industry have stepped up their activities.

The Offshore industry will soon come under the influence of the EEC North Sea Ministers conferences and discussions in the Paris Commission. On a national scale the authorities are driven by the implementation of targets derived from the Brundtland report, which resulted in the Dutch National Environmental Policy Plan (NMF, 1988). Targets for individual sections of industry (Target Groups) constitutes the so-called Target Group discussion. Nogepa takes part in the process as representative of the Dutch ESP industry. [Nogepa = the Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association]. This has already resulted in a complete new structure for cooperation between authorities and industry. Meanwhile Nogepa has introduced the principle of "Environmental Care" to its members. This concept presupposes that industry takes full responsibility for control of all environmental aspects of its activities. Environmental Care is the result of a growing awareness, Aleading to an involvement of the whole organization. Environmental Care is an efficient management tool for maintaining standards and achieving agreed reductions in environmental impact.

Changing attitudes will undoubtedly result in a more efficient cooperation between authorities and industry.

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