We are, now more than ever, dependent on a healthy and resilient natural environment both on land and at sea. As a company we have actively campaigned for tighter regulatory controls in the gentle disposal of legacy munitions and we believe that our industry leading stance on sustainability and protection of our environment through gentle UXO/MEC disposal must reflect everything we do in this industry.
We believe that EODEX, along with all other bodies involved in commercial land and maritime activities has a meaningful role to play in helping protect the environment, today and in the future.
Changes to our climate are accelerating and we have a responsibility to play our part, mitigating our impacts, ensuring we have a climate resilient company and using our influence which has been used to reach the highest levels of State and Federal Government and the offshore industry to support this important cause. This is not just because it is expected of us but because it aligns with our core company values of Professionalism, Integrity, Excellence and Respect for our Environment, in leading by example and actively supporting positive action on our part we will aim to leave an enduring legacy for the benefit of all our staff, partners, clients and importantly the areas where we work both nationally and internationally.
Our approach to the environment is just one aspect of EODEX’s capacity and responsibility to act as a force for good and a shining example to the commercial maritime community delivering a positive and sustainable impact on our marine environment and in a wider context support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals:
We want to set targets that will stretch us. Our plans for widespread use of gentle UXO/MEC disposal processes minimizing land and marine disturbance gives us an opportunity to ensure the legacy of amazing innovations created by Dr Sidney Alford two decades ago are sanctioned as default methodologies for countering land and maritime UXO/MEC contamination. Since 2018 hard work through key UK stakeholder engagement and political messaging bringing this issue to the very top of both the UK Government and regulatory agenda. This engagement has started with US State and Federal governments and regulatory bodies. We also recognize that there remains more influence to be done in other nations who face a similar dilemma in their waters to protect global marine biodiversity.
This means in all aspects of our operations increasing energy efficiency, decarbonization of
energy, heat and transport and balancing any remaining emissions through carbon compensation.
The case for action to protect and preserve the environment in which we operate has never been stronger. We know this will challenge us in ways we may not expect and that as industry leaders in promoting gentle UXO/MEC disposal we have much work to do, but we are firmly committed to playing our part and look forward to embracing the opportunities for leaving an enduring and positive legacy for our precious marine environment both nationally and internationally.