Environmental policies, actions and efforts

Our Commitment to the Environment

We believe that our multi-client business model not only benefits customers commercially but also is a more sustainable, environmentally friendly business model than the alternative of proprietary acquisition. We remain committed to understanding the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and finding ways to reduce its impact as well as minimizing and mitigating the impact that our activities have on the marine and land environments and communities around them.

Environmental Policy

TGS is committed to protecting the environment in which we live and work, while also conducting our operations in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner. We strive to lead the industry in minimizing the impact of our operations on the environment.

Climate Change Actions

Climate Risks & Opportunities

In 2020, TGS continued to incorporate climate risk into its business and operational strategy by using the “Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures” (TCFD, set up by the Financial Stability Board) so that it can address the financial impacts of climate risks and opportunities.

Project Emissions

In 2019, TGS began tracking Scope 3 emissions generated through our seismic operations as a result of our contractors providing a variety of field services via vessels, land crews and their equipment, and aircrafts for the acquisition of seismic data. Tracking, reporting and developing a strategy to reduce and/or offset these emissions is a critical part of both TGS’ and the industry’s sustainability strategy.

Keeping Our Impact Low

TGS is an office-based company that does not operate or own vessels, manufacturing plants or factories. Nevertheless, TGS is committed to working towards understanding the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in all its operations and finding ways to reduce its impact.

Other Environmental Efforts

TGS has set the following operations goals for 2021 and beyond.

Marine Operations

  • Track and report on the amount of ocean debris removed by vessel contractors through the IAGC’s Ghost Net Initiative (GNI) for all new 2021 marine acquisition projects commencing in 2021
  • Continue to aim for zero reportable spills and unplanned releases to the marine environment during seismic vessel operations
  • Continue to require that each chartered vessel undergo an IMCA/OVID audit within six months of hire, and every twelve months thereafter
  • Ensure that its marine contractors abide by TGS’ environmental standards and, where appropriate, third-party HSE advisors will be placed onboard marine seismic operations to ensure that this is carried out appropriately in the field


Onshore Operations

  • Continue to require that land contractors (i) report all spills to TGS, regardless of quantity spilled, with the aim of no reportable spills to the environment, and (ii) contain and properly clean up all spills, regardless of how much was spilled.
  • Require documented audits of field equipment and HSE procedures for all new surveys to ensure that all equipment is in proper working order and that HSE procedures adequately mitigate potential environmental impacts.
  • Ensure that land contractors and service providers participate in, and abide by, TGS’ environmental standards.
  • In alignment with TGS’ Corporate Environmental policy, continue to mitigate physical damage to the environment from vehicles and survey equipment and ensure that, in a reasonable and practical manner, all project sites are restored to their original condition.


Office Operations

  • Continued to promote environmental awareness in office locations by encouraging employees to minimize waste and manage waste output
  • Recycling bins for paper and cardboard, glass, plastic, batteries and print toner cartridges are available in TGS offices and employees are encouraged to follow proper recycling procedures, which are displayed above the associated recycling bins
  • TGS reduced energy consumption in its offices by utilizing light sensors to switch lights off when spaces are not in use
  • In the UK, employees are encouraged to cycle to work, unplug electricity consuming devices when they are not in use, and use reusable bags (available on site) for shopping or transport needs in an effort to cut down on the use of plastic bags
  • Mandatory company-wide HSE training on sustainability

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