Neptune Energy partners with SOS Dolfijn to support marine conservation
08 November 2021
Neptune Energy today announced a new partnership with the SOS Dolfijn Foundation, a leading organisation for the rescue of stranded dolphins, porpoise and whales on the Dutch coast and surrounding countries. Neptune will share its advanced emergency response systems and expertise to help the foundation rapidly mobilise teams of volunteers to provide aid for the sick or injured animals.
Neptune will also provide SOS Dolfijn with acoustic monitoring data and sightings of marine mammals from its offshore platforms in the Dutch North Sea to support the further understanding and knowledge that is essential for the conservation of marine populations in the wild.
The partnership, announced today as the COP26 summit in Glasgow turns its focus to nature, will also see Neptune help fund the charity’s new rehabilitation centre in the Netherlands, which is scheduled to open in January. Neptune employees will have the opportunity to volunteer at the centre which will be open to the public, so they can learn more about marine mammals and the rescue work.
Neptune Energy’s Group Health Safety Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Director, Kick Sterkman, said: "While the day-to-day work our organisations carry out is different, we both have a strong presence in marine environments and are committed to having a positive impact on biodiversity. This partnership provides a unique opportunity to support the invaluable work that SOS Dolfijn are doing to help conserve these incredible animals.”
The SOS Dolfijn partnership is in line with Neptune’s environment, social and governance (ESG) strategy and its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 14: Life Below Water, which supports marine conservation.
Each year SOS Dolfijn responds to around 30 marine mammals stranded on the Dutch coast and surrounding countries.
SOS Dolfijn Director, Annemarie van den Berg, said: "Working with the advanced emergency response system will save us a lot of time and the funding for the new centre is helping us to have the rescue centre up and running before the next stranding season.”