The Exploration and Production Coordination of Shell International Petroleum Maatschappij B.V. (SIPM-EP, a service company to the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies) has led a number of environmental audits on request of Group E&P Operating Companies since 1983. The essential steps and methods for conducting such environmental audits are discussed as well as the main topics covered in an audit.

Almost all recommendations made in the audits have been implemented. Environmental audits carried out with SIPM- EP assistance have helped managements of audited Operating Companies control the quality of existing and future operations and develop strategies for improvements in anticipation of future demands. Consequently, environmental performance has improved through such audits.

Common findings have been identified and where necessary Group action has been taken. SIPM-EP has also learnt many lessons from these audits providing useful feedbacks for improving the audit process and the management of environmental matters.

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