The Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) is committed to safe, high quality and environmentally and socially-responsible design as part of the construction and operation of a natural gas transmission pipeline system which will support the economic development of the country while protecting the sustainability of natural resources. TANAP will provide the necessary resources and strives for the establishment and maintenance of an effective environmental management system to prevent pollution in line with this overall objective.
TANAP fulfills these commitments as follows:
- Throughout the planning phase, TANAP has worked with national and international consultants to assess the environmental aspects and key impacts related to the Project activities. Subsequently, TANAP has prepared a comprehensive ESIA Report which is currently being consulted on with the stakeholders, pending approval by the authorities.
- Due consideration was given to all applicable requirements specified in the Turkish Environmental Legislation as well as international standards and best practices prevailing in the Natural Gas Pipeline industry.
- All environmentally-sensitive constraints along the pipeline route including ecology, archaeology, soil and water resources have been identified via detailed surveys and investigation. Through these efforts, 9 fauna species, 1 flora species and 106 archaeological sites, all being previously unknown to the world of science, have been discovered.
- Special protective measures have been integrated into the pipeline route selection process and design activities so that potential environmental impacts on environmentally-sensitive areas are proactively avoided or properly mitigated;
- Effective environmental management plans and procedures for construction and operation phases have been developed to mitigate unfavorable changes and also improve positive impacts of the project;
- An effective and constructive engagement strategy has been established to secure a mutual understanding between project stakeholders and TANAP, in which they can participate and be consulted in the decision-making process of the project.
- TANAP will monitor and measure its Environmental Management System, which was established in consideration of all these studies and objectives, and set new goals and targets to ensure that environmental performance is continually improved at all levels of the project.
- TANAP will continuously demonstrate on all occasions its fulfilment of these commitments to improve TANAP’s vision and enhance Environmental Culture.