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Employee Engagement: Workplace Solutions

Schlumberger encourages its employees to become involved in a wide range of workplace initiatives and volunteer for community projects that reduce environmental impact and help build local capacity. Schlumberger employees championed multiple strategies to improve internal efficiency through innovative programs. Other employee-driven programs to reduce energy consumption are helping the Company achieve substantial financial and environmental savings.


The Schlumberger Global Facilities Management and Maintenance Standard defines the responsibilities and activities associated with managing facility activities with a goal of maintaining and improving the environment affected by facility activities and minimizing utility usage. The standard ensures that facility activities are compliant with Schlumberger policies along with relevant local environmental legislation and directives. Waste generated by any facility task must be measured and disposed of in a responsible manner with a licensed waste broker, and materials (particularly chemicals) that reduce or control pollution must be handled and stored responsibly. The standard requires energy-saving products and practices to be used in all aspects of facilities management activities, and a record kept of energy usage. In addition, employees and contractors who carry out facility activities must receive appropriate training, particularly when their work may have an impact on the environment.

Mission Emission

Target: 5% Energy Reduction

In 2016, our Engineering & Manufacturing (E&M) organization launched a program called Mission Emission, which sought to achieve a target of 5% reduction in energy consumption (measured as CO2e kg per man hour) at 34 work locations. However, the reduction in business activity in 2016 led to an 18% reduction in man hours within E&M, making the 5% target difficult to achieve.

Nevertheless, 14 locations achieved a reduction in CO2e kg per man hour, and nine of them achieved the target by reducing CO2e kg per man hour by 5% or more compared with 2015. Individually, 30 of the 34 participating locations succeeded in reducing their CO2e footprint. At the group level, total combined emissions were reduced by 17%, saving 27,315 tonnes of CO2e over the year. This reduction in energy use also resulted in a corresponding decrease in financial expenditures, saving more than $2.35 million for the E&M organization.

In Norway, the WesternGeco Oslo Technology Center (WOTC) was constructed in accordance with Norwegian legislation designed to drive energy efficiency. All equipment and installations at the WOTC facility are centrally registered and monitored to enable live metering and control of heating systems, sprinklers, compressed air, cooling systems, lighting, alarms, temperature control, and gas consumption. As a result, WOTC energy consumption can be measured by room and by piece of equipment, and data can be retrieved at any time for analysis. This capability enabled a targeted energy campaign, and the facility reduced CO2e kg per man hour by more than 40%.

Lean and Green

In its seventh year, our annual Lean and Green Program continued to generate a wide variety of projects that achieved substantial financial and environmental savings, despite ongoing difficulties in the global economic climate.

The Lean and Green Program combines the resources and expertise of employees within the Continuous Improvement (CI) and HSE functions. The program positively engages employees across disciplines and provides a means to showcase innovations, environmental technologies, and best practices for environmental improvement. Each project applies the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control (DMAIC) process, and uses LEAN and Six Sigma techniques to realize environmental improvements. Although an initial investment of resources, time, and money is required, the return on investment for most projects is achieved within one to three years and the majority of initiatives will continue to benefit the environment well into the future.

LEED-Certified Buildings

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%.
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