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Protecting the environment can help oil and gas companies win work

14 May 2009

Oil and gas companies that are suffering in the recession can generate more business – by proving they are taking steps to protect the environment.
Simon de Grey from Pivotal Performance sees that companies with an Environmental Management System – a formal plan to minimise their impact on the environment – can use it as a powerful marketing tool.

Protecting the environment can help oil and gas companies win work
Protecting the environment can help oil and gas companies win work

“An Environmental Management System doesn’t have to be difficult to put in place or execute,” said de Grey
“While there are formal ways to get your EMS certified such as getting an ISO 14001, many customers will be impressed by simple evidence that you have a policy in place and everyone is following it.”

De Grey said office managers should pick suppliers with good environmental credentials, and look at ways of reducing energy consumption such as switching off computers overnight.

Businesses with production facilities or that produce a lot of waste should send staff for formal training on identifying and managing best environmental practice.

De Grey added: “Not only can a genuine environmentally-aware approach help to win more work, but it also tends to generate higher profits for businesses.

“Cutting back on energy consumption or amounts of waste tends to reduce costs, sometimes considerably.
“Putting in place a formal environmental scheme is profitable whichever way you look at it.”

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