Stewardship in Action: Environmental Engagement
Schlumberger employees are involved in a wide range of workplace initiatives and community projects that help reduce environmental impacts. Over the years, our employees have championed multiple strategies to improve internal efficiency. These and other employee-driven programs to reduce energy consumption, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions are helping the Company achieve substantial financial and environmental savings.
Recycling Lithium Metal Batteries
Liquid cathode lithium metal batteries are commonly used in the oil and gas industry to power sensors used in downhole equipment. The batteries provide reliable power for a diverse range of equipment in the oilfield, even when exposed to challenging high-pressure and high-temperature conditions, but they need careful handling and dedicated, climate-controlled storage. All applicable Schlumberger locations have a Battery Safety Officer (BSO) responsible for safely managing this resource. In addition, batteries must be used in accordance with the Schlumberger Battery Manual.
At the end of their life, lithium batteries require special treatment. Schlumberger uses a waste contractor in Canada that has a patented process designed to capture and recycle more than 83% by weight of each cell it processes. The process neutralizes 100% of the hazardous components of each battery (including lithium metal and thionyl chloride), leaving only scrap commodities, which are sold, and no hazardous residual products. In 2017, more than 80 tonnes of Schlumberger batteries were received at this waste facility, thereby meeting regulatory requirements and ensuring full and sustainable lifecycle management.
Tree Planting in Siberia
More than 40 families of Schlumberger employees participated in a seminar about how to plant trees, how to care for them, and the impact that planting trees can have on the local environment, then planted 70 pine trees and 40 popular trees at the Schlumberger Siberian Training Center in Tyumen, Russia. In addition to having a positive impact on the environment, the event helped these Schlumberger families gain a better understanding of their ecological footprint.
Celebrating World Environment Day
Our Sub-Sahara Africa GeoMarket celebrated World Environment Day with numerous business units carrying out a variety of workshops and activities. These events included identification of environmental hazards; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle challenges; tree planting sessions; and seminars focusing on climate changes and energy savings. Many of the outdoor activities aligned with the 2017 World Environment Day theme of "connecting people to nature."
Environmental Week in Malaysia
The Schlumberger Penang Product Center in Malaysia held an Environment Week to raise awareness of environmental issues. Through a series of engaging events, employees and their families were informed of the steps they can take to reduce their environmental footprint. Additionally, the World Wildlife Fund set up an exhibit to inform employees of current environmental issues within Malaysia.
Achieving Energy Efficiency in Gabon
A Schlumberger employee in Gabon successfully initiated an exceptional energy savings program at a Schlumberger facility. The employee used a comprehensive plan to more effectively use air conditioning units, revamp the facility’s power subscriptions, and increase employee awareness of energy efficiency. Overall, the plan reduced the facility’s annual electricity costs by USD 200,000.
Reducing Waste in Libya
Employees at a Schlumberger facility outside of Tajoura, Libya, found a simple way to reduce the amount of solid waste generated in the facility. After an investigation revealed that 22% of the facility’s waste was from plastic and carton cups, the employees decided to purchase a personal mug for each employee and discontinue the purchase of disposable cups. This prevented the purchase and disposal of 60,000 disposable cups per year, reducing operating costs and environmental impact.
Solar Impulse Foundation Partnership
In 2017 Schlumberger became a partner of the Solar Impulse Foundation, which has set a goal of selecting 1,000 efficient solutions that can help protect the environment in a profitable way.
The Solar Impulse Foundation was initiated by Bertrand Piccard, following the round-the-world journey of Solar Impulse, the first solar-powered airplane. Challenging conventional thinking, the Solar Impulse project resulted in major advancements in materials, lightweight technology, and energy efficiency, thus demonstrating the potential of clean technology and the need to keep innovating.
Following this exploit, Bertrand Piccard launched the second phase of his action and established the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions with a goal of selecting 1,000 clean, efficient and profitable solutions. At the COP 24 event and beyond, Piccard will present these solutions to governments, corporations and institutions to encourage decision makers to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.
The solutions will be based on five of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation); SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy); SDG 9 (Industry Innovation and Infrastructure); SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities); and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).