Taking a proactive approach to the energy transition

Harbour has committed to the goal of net zero for our gross operated Scope 1 and 2 CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions by 2035, with an interim target of 50 per cent reduction by 2030 against our 2018 baseline.

To achieve this, we will continue reducing our own emissions and mitigate the impact of any remaining emissions by acquiring independently verified carbon credits. We are also investing in carbon capture and storage projects to enable the transportation of storage of captured CO2 emissions safely underground.

As an oil and gas company, we support the need for more consistent and comparable disclosure around climate-related risks and opportunities.

Climate governance

Our Board is responsible for our climate strategy and for ensuring Harbour maintains sound climate risk management and internal controls systems, including responsibility for setting and monitoring our company's greenhouse gas (GHG) emission-reduction targets.

They have oversight of climate-related risks and opportunities and ensure climate-related considerations are embedded in our decision-making, including the application of strict financial criteria, such as our internal carbon price, across all key investment decisions. At project level, the assessment of climate topics and related risks is an integral part of the project approval process.

More including risk management, our metrics and targets: ESG Review within the 2023 Annual Report.

Investing in carbon removal/avoidance projects

In 2023, we continued to selectively acquire high quality carbon credits, certified to globally accepted standards such as VERRA. We balanced investment between emissions removal projects, which ensure that atmospheric carbon is being captured and removed, and carbon avoidance projects which have societal benefits.

We believe that by investing in quality certified carbon removal and avoidance projects we can support local communities where the impacts of climate change are most evident.

North Sea business unit flaring and venting minimisation

Further to our endorsement of the World Bank Zero Routine Flaring Initiative, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) expects the UK oil and gas industry to reduce flaring and venting emissions to the lowest possible levels and achieve zero routine flaring and venting by 2030.

Eliminating routine flaring on existing assets is a significant challenge as flaring is an integral part of their design, so significant modifications are required to achieve this. In 2023, flaring amounted to 47 k tonnes compared to 51k tonnes in 2022, showing a reduction of 9% through improved production efficiencies.

Effluents, spills and waste

We work hard to avoid pollution and to continually assess the related risks associated with our production and other activities. These risks mainly relate to planned and unplanned discharges, and the production of waste.

All our operated assets extract oil and/or gas and formation water from offshore reservoirs. We separate the oil, gas and water using our on-site processing plant. We take a range of precautions to reduce the risk of spills, and continually evaluate spill risks across our operations. We design, operate and maintain our facilities in a manner that protects the environment and reduces our negative impacts to as low as reasonably practicable.