Environment

Gasunie ensures that all its activities can be performed in an environmentally friendly manner with as little burden as possible for individuals or the environment. Our environmental management system has been organised in accordance with ISO 14001 for this purpose. We endeavour to limit the emission of hazardous substances and we handle our energy consumption efficiently. We also endeavour to reduce our waste volumes and we encourage recycling and re-use.

For further details regarding our environmental policy we refer to the brochure Gasunie & Environment.

Soil

More than 15,000 kilometres of Gasunie pipelines lie under Dutch or German soil.

Numerous measures aim to ensure natural gas is transported in a safe, reliable and sustainable manner. The ground is very important for the safe location of the pipelines and that’s why we handle it with care.

Gasunie performs excavation work in the ground in order to carry out maintenance work on subsurface infrastructure and to construct new installations. Over the last few decades we have acquired a lot of knowledge about the ground and how it can be used as a result of these activities. This knowledge contributes towards us being able to handle our surroundings in a responsible manner.

Gasunie applies stringent procedures to groundwater abstraction and to procedures that apply to excavation work involving contaminated earth.
The basic principle is that we comply with the current legislation and regulations, standards and protocols.

Gasunie’s soil strategy is set out in the following six points:

  • performing all soil-related activities safely
  • sustainable enterprise with a healthy balance between environment, costs and social acceptance
  • striving for the greatest possible operational safety (protecting gas infrastructure against soil pollution)
  • maximum attention to preventive soil protection rather than a repressive soil policy
  • compliance with soil legislation and regulations, inter alia by securing or making available current soil data
  • carrying out efficient operational management

Waste products

Gasunie considers it an obligation to carry out activities in a sustainable manner. In that context we also want to handle waste and residues in a proper manner.
Here the basic principle is ‘Lansink’s Ladder’ , named after a previous State Secretary for the Environment, with the emphasis on waste prevention.

Lansink’s ladder

  1. Prevention: the waste policy, both nationally and within Gasunie, aims to prevent waste arising. This starts with the Purchasing department.
  2. Re-use: when waste does arise this must be separated as carefully as possible so that the products can be re-used (for example, toner cartridges).
  3. Recycling: proper separation ensures that waste products can be recycled again. New products, such as paper for example, are then made from the raw materials.
  4. Incineration: if re-use or recycling is not possible, then the relevant waste is incinerated.
  5. Landfill: if incineration is not possible, then the waste e.g. asbestos is sent to landfill.

Gasunie and its suppliers/contractors are continually investigating the possibilities for preventing the occurrence of waste and for further improving separate waste collection.
In doing so, we use existing framework contracts and we administer and report our waste streams to the relevant bodies in a proper manner.

Noise

When carrying out its operational management and projects, Gasunie takes the maximum acceptable noise contours into consideration. Sound pressure levels should not be so great when performing work that damage can occur.

Our basic principles are working conditions guidelines, legislation and local legislation, regulations and standards.

According to Dutch law, noise-limiting measures must be put in place for new-build stations, for major adaptations to stations and in the event of complaints. Different noise measurements are carried out in the context of environmental permits, projects and other situations whereby possible noise problems could have arisen due to adaptations.

Noise measurements are also carried out where necessary in order to check whether the permit conditions have been satisfied.

Footprint reduction

To contribute to efforts to combat climate change, we aspire to be carbon-neutral by 2050. One way in which we wish to do this is by reducing the footprint of our business activities. We are fully committed to reducing any greenhouse gases such as CO2 and methane that we emit while carrying out our activities. Our goal for 2030 is: 50% fewer methane emissions and 82.5% fewer CO2 emissions in comparison to 1990. We are well on our way: in 2018, our CO2 emissions were 60% lower than the 1990 level. Our ambitions are in line with government targets for the reduction of emissions.