Before our operations commence, The Ocean Cleanup takes several steps in consideration of local communities, wildlife, and habitats.
Prior to each Interceptor deployment, we work with local and global partners and expert consultants to scan for environmental and social impacts unique to the specific conditions of each river, and to comply with local environmental laws and regulations. Together with Royal Haskoning DHV, Arcadis, and Witteveen & Bos, we have finalized four assessments to date, and one in-progress with Stantec. These reports have been shared with the necessary regulatory stakeholders for each project, but with the involvement of multiple third parties, which differ for each Interceptor, it is not appropriate for us to publicly share the assessments at this time. We will continue scanning for environmental and social impacts prior to each Interceptor project. Since the approach and depth of the assessments have varied, we are learning how to best conduct and standardize environmental and social impact scanning and to share results. To achieve this, we are selecting a global organization to develop this process for impact scanning as we deploy the next 10 to 16 Interceptors over the next 12 to 18 months. Part of this process includes the development of management plans with monitoring and mitigation protocols, including recording occurrences of animal interaction and collected debris composition. This information is used to continuously improve our technology and methodology to reduce impacts.
Considering that we are still developing this process, our intention is to provide more information on this page in the future, including a summary of results of existing impact assessments.