Together we are identifying and developing new opportunities to help improve our company-wide environmental performance.
Tracking energy, water and waste
With the goal of driving improvements in sustainability, we launched our Natural Resources and Waste Data Management processes which streamlines our energy, water and waste data.
A key step to facilitating cost and environmental impact reduction opportunities, this initiative also ensures accuracy in our data reporting from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to local regulators. Using this internal system allows us to track energy use, water, fuel and waste and to create usage profiles, which can be shared by all stakeholders and used to identify reduction opportunities.
Moving forward, the system will be able to show trends as well as reduction profiles.
LOWERING THE IMPACT OF OUR MANUFACTURING
We have made significant efforts to reduce air impacts from our manufacturing processes.
Throughout the history of our industry, oil-based painting activities resulted in high levels of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions to the environment. These VOC emissions contribute to reduced air quality both within the workplace and in the wider environment.
Through the broad implementation of low-VOC paints, Weatherford has achieved VOC emission reductions of several hundred tons every year, and in doing so, has created a safer work environment for our employees, while improving air quality for our neighbors in the communities in which we operate.
IMPROVING SPILL PREVENTION AND RESPONSE
Significantly improving our spill prevention, response planning and spill reporting has been a prime achievement of the last twelve months.
We have gone beyond regulations to raise the bar in protecting the environment from spills with a proactive planning approach designed to avoid potential issues before they can occur. These plans have been put into place at every Weatherford location around the globe.
RECOGNIZING ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION
To further extend engagement in environmental protection across the company, we established a new Environmental Entrepreneurs Award program.
This year, 1st Prize for Most Innovative Environmental Project went to a facility in Neiva, Colombia for Alternative Temporary Secondary Containment, a project that created a mobile containment system to properly hold any potential spills during waste and material storage, preventing contamination and reducing the cost of purchasing new containment systems.
This new program focuses on recognizing activities in three areas: Most Innovative Environmental Project; Best Practice in Raising Participation, Communication and Awareness (Environmental); and Most Potential for Positive Financial Impact.
Operated through our Global Environmental Practitioners Network, this initiative encourages individuals to work within their locations, countries, regions or Global Business Units to develop and implement simple no- or low-cost projects that lead to measureable improvements.
MAKING A POSITIVE FINANCIAL IMPACT
Implementing programs and processes that facilitate less energy usage and less waste.
We integrate environmental issues into our business model and challenge our employees to continually improve our sustainability performance.
We are focused on reducing consumption of natural resources and have implemented programs that facilitate less use of energy, such as performing energy audits at a facility in Mexico, and putting into action a Waste Recycling program at one of our laboratories to reuse both hazardous and non-hazardous waste. More importantly, we have engaged Weatherford employees in our efforts via our Environmental Entrepreneur Award Program, the Environmental Practitioner Network and the Capital Efficiency Program.
We have seen significant cost savings by reducing waste and using less energy. In Alberta, Canada facility has achieved substantial annual savings of more than $130,000 by implementing a distillation recycling program that allows the reuse of 200 liters of spent n-Propyl bromide (n-PB), as well as a consolidated chemical and solid waste disposal program.