Far side from left: Vibeke Bals Borge Håverstad (Cameron Sense), Katarina Kjelland (Cameron Sense),
Ann Marchioro (NODE), Janet Slåen (Cameron Sense) and Carl Christian Larsen (MacGregor Norway)
discuss Ecotrack with Kristin Wallem Timenes (MHWirth) and Cathrine T. Simonsen (MHWirth).
– We’re starting with Bestra, Cameron, MacGregor Norway, MHWirth and National Oilwell Varco. It’s important to gain experience and test the analysis model’s functionality to ensure seamless implementation at the other NODE companies. A total of 40 NODE companies are currently participating in the Ecotrack project, says NODE’s Project Manager, Ann Marchioro.
The Ecotrack analysis model documents the environmental impacts and aspects of the technology, products and services designed, produced and supplied by NODE companies. It also serves as an innovation tool by highlighting areas for improvement and quantifying how much a product or service’s environmental profile is improved through mitigating action.
– It is a tool for top businesses that are interested in merging profitability with environmental and social responsibility, says Marchioro.
The objective is to help companies analyze and document how their business influences the environment, and to increase awareness of environmental costs and eco-friendlier alternatives. Ecotrack enables suppliers to provide customers with documentation required for the Global Reporting Initiative and the UN Global Compact, which are being used by an increasing number of oil companies for reporting on corporate social responsibility. NODE companies are seeing an increase in the number of customers that require environmental information when ordering equipment.
– We believe Ecotrack will give companies a definite competitive edge as the market’s focus shifts to environmentally viable solutions. The analysis model will trigger innovative processes and help companies focus on new technology, higher energy efficiency, better materials and shorter supply chains, says Marchioro.
The Ecotrack project includes development of a web-based competency program aimed at increasing environmental awareness and highlighting how employees can positively affect the environment in their daily work. The program consists of a basic module for all participating NODE company employees, and an advanced module for staff that will work extensively with the Ecotrack tool. Janet Slåen from Cameron Sense is responsible for development of the competency modules. Cameron hosted a workshop in October for everyone involved in the Ecotrack project. The purpose of the workshop was to review status, ensure all workgroups were aligned going forward and to agree on the competency program content.
– The first step towards change is awareness. Our goal is to make employees aware of the choices they make in their work environment. The choices they make have an impact on everything from purchasing and logistics to production and administration. The workshop was a great way to share ideas and brainstorm together with the contributing companies. I think we are well on our way to agreeing how these learning modules should be produced and distributed.
NODE companies can still sign up to be part of the Ecotrack program. Newer NODE members will be approached and asked to join the program. To sign up and for further information, please contact Ann Marchioro (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cathrine T. Simonsen (MHWirth), Natalia Jensen (MacGregor Norway), Sigbjørn Tønnesland (YAPP), Torbjørn Holte (On & Offshore Services)
Ann Marchioro (NODE), Vibeke Bals Borge Håverstad (Cameron Sense), Carl Christian Larsen (MacGregor Norway), Bjørnar Johansen (Seagull)
Janet Slåen (Cameron Sense), Vanessa Riaute (National Oilwell Varco), Kristin Wallem Timenes (MHWirth)
Jan Brataas (OSM Offshore), Katarina Kjelland (Cameron Sense), Arne Mjøs (Seafront), Lynne Donald (Maersk Drilling)