Phase 1 of the Ecotrack project is nearing completion. The project’s main deliverable, an analysis model for documenting the environmental characteristics of products and services supplied by NODE companies, has undergone pilot implementation.

Final adjustments are being made to the Ecotrack analysis model based on the feedback from National Oilwell Varco, MHWirth, Cameron and MacGregor. Full-scale implementation of Ecotrack will be decided once a business model has been approved by the NODE board later this year.

An e-learning module developed for all NODE company employees will be launched after the summer holidays, in both English and Norwegian versions. A second e-learning module aimed at Ecotrack users is under development.

Janet Slåen at Cameron has been responsible for the Ecotrack e-learning program. The program is aimed at increasing environmental awareness and highlights ways that each individual can influence the environment positively in their daily work.

The marketing/branding group, led by Kristin Wallem Timenes from MHWirth, has been responsible for production of an Ecotrack animation film that will be widely distributed.

“We are all very pleased with the film, which effectively and efficiently portrays what Ecotrack is and how it aims to increase sustainability and profitability within our industry”, says Ann Marchioro, Project Manager at GCE NODE.

The Ecotrack project is an initiative that combines profitability and environmental considerations. The Ecotrack analysis model not only documents environmental characteristics, it functions as an innovation tool. The analysis model identifies areas where innovative solutions can be applied to improve product design, fabrication methods and supply chain management resulting in greater sustainability, lower costs and increased competitiveness.

40 NODE companies have supported the Ecotrack project and more than 40 NODE company employees have contributed time and expertise to the project. Maersk Drilling in Denmark has been an excellent partner providing expertise and advice from a customer perspective, while Innovation Norway has been the project’s major funder.

“It has been a pleasure working with so many inspiring, enthusiastic and talented NODE company employees. A special thanks to Jan Brataas from OSM Offshore, who has been involved since the project start, and who’s contribution has been instrumental. We look forward to further developing the Ecotrack analysis model, enabling it to be used for a wide range of applications”, says Marchioro.

Phase 2 will focus on wide-scale implementation and commercialization – and development of documentation in accordance with global standards.