Safeguarding Biodiversity | SLB

Safeguarding biodiversity

Minimizing our impact on plants, animals, soil, and water

Salinas Gandes

In 2023, we embarked on a comprehensive biodiversity risk assessment, utilizing the WWF Biodiversity Risk tool to understand potential impacts on biodiversity.

This evaluation examines how our operations and value chain may face physical risk if located in areas where ecosystem services are declining or under pressure.

Furthermore, it will strengthen our existing environmental management standard, in line with our commitment to responsible environmental stewardship.

Protecting Wildlife

Measures are taken to avoid interactions with wildlife to prevent potential health and safety incidents associated with our activities and operations. Furthermore, activities are planned to avoid disruption of wildlife movements and habitats. In locations where wildlife interactions cannot be avoided, arrangements are made to accommodate movements to minimize potential harm.

Appropriate risk controls are applied when SLB operates in environmentally sensitive areas, including areas that have the potential for impact to wildlife or where operations could possibly introduce invasive species or could impact a large body of land or water. We aim to preserve the indigenous vegetation of the land when we build worksites and use native plants and species when rehabilitating worksites.

Land Contamination Prevention and Management

Environmental assessments are conducted prior to acquisition and entry onto new facilities, to evaluate past and current impacts to soil, bodies of water, and any environmentally sensitive receptors as part of the due diligence process. Minimum setback distances or restrictions are put in place for activity infrastructure in proximity to flood-prone areas, watercourses, wetlands, and individual and public water supplies. During the disassembly of surface facilities or equipment, land contamination is avoided by using ground protection measures inclusive of secondary containment and impermeable layers.

SLB endeavors to use existing infrastructure to avoid or reduce the need for land clearance for construction and seeks to avoid environmentally sensitive areas when building new infrastructure. Any new SLB facility or developed technology is designed to minimize its physical footprint. We strive to minimize environmental disturbance, restrict the movement of machinery and equipment during work activities, plan land restoration, and schedule activities that may cause disruption and disturbance to wildlife as appropriate to avoid sensitive periods of the year.

Where our customers work in or adjacent to areas that have potential for significant biodiversity impact, we will cooperate with the customer, on a case-by-case basis, to develop measures to minimize impacts and restore biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Land Rehabilitation and Restoration

Planning is undertaken to rehabilitate and restore land associated with our assets and infrastructure to either the condition of the site prior to activities or a condition suitable for the land’s next intended use. Our ecosystem and biodiversity risk management processes and our environmental spill and emergency response procedures set forth that all required remediation and restoration activities occur concurrently with our operations, both at SLB facilities and at our customers’ worksites.

Decommissioning and Abandonment

Worksites that show visible signs of the impact of our activities or are known sites of previous spills and releases are remediated, and soil samples are tested to show that the soil has been returned to either the condition of the site prior to activities, or a condition suitable for the next intended use in accordance with commitments made in contracts, permits, and legislation.

Metrics and targets

As part of our ecosystem and biodiversity management plans, we develop measuring and monitoring plans that include, but are not limited to:

  • progress toward land restoration objectives
  • evidence of positive contributions to conservation efforts, such as outreach programs, education, research, and proactive conservation actions
  • allocation and protection of land within the contract area that has been designated for biodiversity conservation and management
  • evidence for incorporation of adaptive management of impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems.

We track key environmental metrics internally through our centralized HSE reporting system. Having transparency on this data enables us to better manage our environmental impact. 

Local impact

Schlumberger volunteer planting fruit trees in India.
In cooperation with a local nonprofit, employee volunteers helped plant 2,000 fruit trees on farmers’ lands near Pune, India, in 2020, under the rural development program.
Volunteers creating a butterfly habitat at a Schlumberger facility in Oklahoma.
Employees at our Learning Center in Oklahoma have created a butterfly habitat at the facility to support nature’s pollinators, whose habitats are under threat in North America.
Schlumberger volunteer cleaning a beach in Senegal, Africa.
In Senegal, SLB volunteers collected more than 600 kg of plastic waste from one beach, in collaboration with a local public waste disposal company that recycled the waste.
Newly planted pine sapling.
Our teams worked with the General Directorate of Forestry to plant 10,000 trees to restore the local ecosystem in Ankara, Turkey.