G20 Global Marine Environment Protection (GMEP) Initiative

On Sharing Best Practices to Protect the Marine Environment, to Prevent Accidents related to Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration and Development, as well as Marine Transportation, and to Deal with Their Consequences


Australia is a large country rich in oil and gas resources with a history of strong investment in the oil, gas and energy industries. Australia remains under-explored, with excellent potential for additional oil and gas resources and strong production and export growth potential. Australia’s stable government offers a reliable business environment, with a long history as a steady and competitive player in the oil, gas and energy industries, supportive of corporate responsibility programs, environmental conservation and restoration projects and community development programs.

  • Accident Prevention

    Included here are descriptions of frameworks, regulations, guidelines and practices that the different G20 countries have found helpful in preventing, preparing for and dealing with the consequences of offshore oil and gas accidents.

  • Environmental Protection

    Covering best practices approaches to the understanding of the marine environment and for planning oil and gas projects and activities in a manner that eliminates or mitigates their impact on the environment.

  • Human Factors

    Best practices relating to human behaviours, culture and training and their criticality to protecting the marine environment.

  • Oil Spill Response

    Material covering the regulatory, operational and environmental context of managing a marine oil spill. Includes material on capping devices and industry mutual response.

  • Marine Transportation

    Material relating to good practice in the marine transportation of oil and gas.


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