Environment and Biodiversity

Strong partnerships, sound research and transparency are the key elements of Woodside's approach to the environment.​

We're recognised for our strong record and world-class approach to minimising our environmental impacts.

of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association's Company Environment Excellence Award for six of the past 12 years.
>30 years'
investment in science, with more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications resulting from our collaborative studies.
Voyages of Science
Woodside has collaborated with the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Western Australian Museum for almost 30 years and almost 20 years respectively. In that time, our partnerships have uncovered some amazing scientific discoveries off Australia’s north west coast, and we continue to discover even more about Western Australia's treasured offshore reefs and how we can manage the potential impacts from our activities. Research findings like these are now openly available around the world, allowing these partnerships to provide a lasting legacy for the people of Western Australia and for the global scientific community.

Case Studies

Woodside and BirdLife Australia

Our three-year funding agreement between Woodside and BirdLife Australia supports annual fieldwork to monitor and tag migratory shorebirds in the Exmouth Gulf, a Key Biodiversity Area and recognised habitat for shorebird populations that are part of the East Asian Australasian Flyway. Threatened migratory shorebird species spend the Australian summer feeding and resting on coastal and wetland habitats including areas in proximity to our activities in Western Australia.

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The Ningaloo Turtle Program

The Ningaloo Turtle Program was established by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and partners in 2002 and is a flagship community volunteer turtle-monitoring program. It is the longest running volunteer-based marine turtle-monitoring program in the southern hemisphere. Woodside has supported the program since 2002 and has extended support until 2024.

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Resident whale sharks at Pluto

Research has shown that whale sharks can visit Woodside's offshore platforms for extended periods, presumably to forage for food. For example, at the Pluto platform one whale shark remained resident over 24 days being detected 4,894 times. A whale shark at North Rankin Complex was detected 15 times over a 90-day period.

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A world-class approach to environmental management

Credible science to underpin decision making

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Partnering with local and international research organisations


Robust environmental impact assessment and risk management

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Transparency of knowledge and data