Employee Engagement: Workplace Solutions
Driven by our stringent internal standards, our employees are applying their world-class technical abilities to reduce our resource consumption, build green facilities, and improve our workplace environment.
In 2010, Research and Engineering (R&E) launched a Lean and Green program to actively target environmental wastes in the form of energy, water, materials, emissions, and other solid and liquid wastes. The success of the program has depended on collaboration among teams, particularly Engineering, Manufacturing, Sustaining, Supply Chain, HSE, Facilities, and Finance.
Facilities-related projects in the Lean and Green program include the installation of energy-efficient lighting, sensors and timers for heating and lighting control, air-handling systems, and closed-loop water systems. The return on investment from these projects provided both financial and environmental advantages that are potentially repeatable. The program brings proactive environmental awareness to the Schlumberger research and engineering organization that can be expanded to other parts of the Company.
Our Shared Services Organization assembled a professional facility-management team to optimize our existing facilities’ footprints and coordinate their safe, secure, and environmentally compliant operations. Several buildings were recognized with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) awards. LEED certification, the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability, is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders. The rating system promotes design and construction practices that reduce the negative environmental impact of buildings and improve occupant health and well-being. USGBC and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated. Internationally, LEED is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green buildings. The following are examples of Schlumberger’s LEED program successes.
The design of the M-I SWACO Campus in Midland, Texas, was built to LEED Silver standards. Current LEED projects at the campus include the promotion of bicycle and pedestrian traffic, use of sustainable building materials, reduction of waste, recycling, and the use of high-efficiency water systems and LED lighting.
The Asia Center of Reliability and Efficiency in Selangor, Malaysia, is a LEED-certified building, with energy savings of more than 30%. The facility is also equipped with water-efficient fittings and is expected to save up to 46% in annual water usage.
Schlumberger employees in Labuan, Malaysia, contributed many green ideas for a new base, ultimately achieving a Silver rating for the first LEED-certified building in Labuan. The following are highlights of the project:
- All eligible equipment is ENERGY STAR rated.
- All lamps are low in mercury content.
- 95% of construction waste is being diverted from a landfill.
- 75% reduction in annual potable water was achieved.
- 46% of all construction material has high recyclable content.
- 30% of air into the office building comes from outside.
- Annual energy savings are 29%.