Despite improvements in environmental management, the expansion of the oil and gas sector has inevitably resulted in increase pollution produced by this industry.
The European oil and gas industry expanded rapidly in the 1970s. This has led to an increase in the volume of hazardous materials and chemicals contaminating Europe’s oceans. While extraction peaked around twenty years ago, the potential for a serious environmental disaster remains.
Furthermore, the decommissioning and removal of drilling platforms and other infrastructure presents new environmental challenges.
KIMO works towards the implementation of legislation that will raise health, safety and environmental standards. KIMO also campaigns for adequate legislation to cover the decommissioning of oil platforms.