Our guiding principles Define our actions
Wintershall Dea believes in assuming responsibility – for our employees, the environment and society. As a company, we are guided by our core values and principles. What we do is defined by what we believe.
We believe in the highest standards of safety
We feel particularly committed to the well-being of our employees, the local population and the environment. That is why Wintershall Dea uses modern technologies and sets standards for health protection, safety and environmental protection that often go beyond legal requirements. Together with our partners, we do everything we can to work safely in natural gas and condensate production in Russia and to use energy as efficiently as possible.
The certifications and audits in energy management are proof of our success in this endeavour. Our producing joint ventures are certified according to the internationally recognised ISO standards. The globally valid standard of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) supports systematic energy management. This involves recording the energy flows in a company and evaluating the state of energy efficiency. This monitoring provides the basis for implementing technical measures to improve energy efficiency.
We believe in promoting sustainability
Wintershall Dea regards sustainability as the central guiding principle of its own actions. In clearly defined rules, we commit ourselves, among other things, to using resources efficiently and creating long-term value for ourselves and society. Wintershall Dea is making great efforts to minimise its own ecological footprint, i.e. the impact of its activities on the environment and the climate. We completely stopped flaring associated gas in regular operation as early as 2012. Instead, we use innovative processes to use the associated gas to generate electricity, heat and steam.
Until 2030, Wintershall Dea plans to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the production of natural gas and crude oil (Scope 1), and from energy consumption required for production (Scope 2) at equity share basis. For this purpose, the company intends to invest around 400 million euros in reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions to successfully adapt to the energy transition.
We believe in acting for the benefit of society
Wintershall Dea is committed to assuming social responsibility as a company towards society. In regions where we are active, we support projects in the fields of education, science, culture and social affairs.
In Novy Urengoy, Wintershall Dea worked closely together with the city and regional administration to support the establishment of the inclusive kindergarten "Winiklusia", which is unique in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. The kindergarten opened its doors in March 2020 and can accommodate up to 200 children, with 40 places reserved for those with physical or cognitive disabilities. The educational concept was developed taking into account the best Russian and German practices and is based on the Montessori educational system.
Since 2017, Wintershall Dea has been promoting a scientific exchange programme between the North Hesse Student Research Centre in Kassel and School No. 17 in Novy Urengoy that is unique in Europe. For almost five years now, German and Russian pupils have been exchanging information on research projects in the field of natural sciences, mainly in a digital format.
In St. Petersburg, Wintershall Dea is providing financial support to the city’s German School. Associated with the German Consulate General, the school was founded in 2009 as a German-Russian “school of encounter” that is open to both German native speakers as well as Russian native speakers who would like to learn German in a corresponding educational environment.
Since 2014, we have also supported the Circus Upsala project in St. Petersburg which uses social, circus-based education to open up new perspectives for children and young people from difficult social backgrounds and to help them integrate successfully into society. Around 60 children and young people between the ages of 8 and 18 train daily in the circus, whose shows address problems familiar to them. Circus Upsala has already won several international awards.