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BAS Environmental Policy

The Environmental Policy of BAS is to carry out a programme of first class science with the minimum of environmental impact.

All activities undertaken in the Antarctic, even scientific research, have some impact on the environment. Therefore there has to be a balance between the sometimes conflicting demands of science and environmental protection. BAS takes all practicable steps to minimise the impact of its operations on the Antarctic environment. All activities are assessed for potential environmental impacts before they are allowed to proceed.

BAS considers that the minor and local environmental impact of its activities in the Antarctic is greatly outweighed by the important scientific investigations that are being undertaken, which are of global relevance.

BAS is also working to minimise the impacts of its Cambridge operations, for instance through energy efficiency and waste minimisation activities, and has gained ISO 14001 accreditation for its Environmental Management System.

BAS is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC has established an Environmental Management Policy to ensure that programmes of first class scientific research will be undertaken with minimum adverse environmental impact.

The full text of the BAS Environmental Policy policy is below:

BAS Environmental Policy

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is committed to delivering a programme of first class science with the minimum of environmental impact. Protecting the environment is a strategic priority for BAS. BAS aims to set and achieve the highest possible standards for its own environmental performance and to be a leader in environmental management in its field.

To achieve this, BAS will:

  • comply with, and where possible exceed, all relevant national and international environmental legislation and Antarctic Treaty System requirements;
  • provide guidance and training to staff, contractors and visitors to help them to protect the environment;
  • minimise pollution and other environmental risks and impacts by appropriate and effective control measures;
  • encourage efficient use of natural resources;
  • implement the BAS Environmental Management System which sets demanding environmental objectives and targets;
  • monitor and audit activities for environmental compliance and performance and guarantee best environmental practice;
  • learn from the experience of staff, other organisations, audits, monitoring and regular reviews to continually improve environmental practice.

This policy is made publicly available. It is reviewed annually.

BAS is a component body of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) and the BAS Environmental Policy is consistent with the NERC Environmental Management Policy Statement.


Directors Signature

Prof. Jane Francis, Director

Date: 27 March 2014