‘It’s the right thing to do’

Aker So­lu­tions Canada be­comes first oil and gas sec­tor firm in N.L. to pur­chase lo­cally grown car­bon cred­its

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY KENN OLIVER kenn.oliver@thetele­gram.com Twit­ter: ken­no­liver79

It will be next Jan­uary be­fore the prov­ince’s yet-to-bere­leased car­bon pric­ing plan is passed into law, but that’s not stop­ping one com­pany from get­ting ahead of the game.

Ear­lier this week, Aker So­lu­tions Canada be­came the first com­pany op­er­at­ing in this prov­ince’s oil and gas sec­tor to pur­chase car­bon cred­its gen­er­ated from a pair of waste­water treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties in the towns of Ap­ple­ton-Glen­wood and Stephenville de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Sharp Man­age­ment.

“We all don’t have to wait for some­one to tell us what to do,” says Aker vice-pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Dave Bil­lard. “It’s the right thing to do.

“We’re in­ter­ested in be­com­ing car­bon neu­tral and we were look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­trib­ute to the en­vi­ron­ment.”

As it stands, Aker has pur­chased the 16th of 55,071 car­bon cred­its, but fol­low­ing an as­sess­ment of its oper­a­tions in St. John’s, Aker es­ti­mates it will end up pur­chas­ing be­tween 100 and 200 equiv­a­lent off­sets in con­junc­tion with the com­pany’s other green ini­tia­tives in or­der to hit car­bon neu­tral sta­tus.

Aker is a com­pany that of­fers prod­ucts and ser­vices to its oil and gas in­dus­try clients that help re­duce their foot­print, but it’s also mak­ing ef­forts to re­duce its own im­pact by de­creas­ing en­ergy con­sump­tion and re­duc­ing waste in of­fice and in­dus­trial set­tings.

“We do recycling and waste man­age­ment and pa­per re­duc­tion, those types of things here in the of­fice, and we also look at what we can bring to our clients,” says Aker health, safety and en­vi­ron­ment man­ager Melissa English-Bar­bour.

“Most of our peo­ple are work­ing off­shore, so what can we do to help en­sure that our clients are work­ing in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able fash­ion?”

Be­tween 2016 and 2017, the com­pany shaved off over 18,000 megawatt hours of en­ergy con­sump­tion and re­duced to­tal car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by 3,750 tonnes.

The com­pany is also ac­tively en­gaged in de­vel­op­ing car­bon se­ques­tra­tion prod­ucts for clients that al­low for the longterm stor­age of emis­sions in an ef­fort to slow cli­mate change.

“I’m very glad that Aker’s mak­ing a step for­ward be­cause they are a leader in en­vi­ron­men­tal as­pects in­side the oil and gas sec­tor,” says Sharp Man­age­ment pres­i­dent Glenn Sharp.

In the com­ing weeks, Sharp is plan­ning in­for­ma­tion ses­sions for com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in hav­ing their foot­prints as­sessed and pur­chas­ing cred­its.

“We’re look­ing to try to do that in the oil and gas sec­tor, in the mu­nic­i­pal con­struc­tion sec­tor and the en­vi­ron­men­tal sec­tor for com­pa­nies that wish to fol­low Aker to make a dif­fer­ence to the en­vi­ron­ment and do the right thing and not wait to be leg­is­lated.”

In­ter­ested par­ties can also visit Car­bonzero.ca/projects/ ncecp to cal­cu­late foot­prints and pur­chase off­sets, or they can con­tact Sharp Man­age­ment.

For the first three months, the cred­its — sell­ing for $25 per tonne — are avail­able ex­clu­sively to New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans and to firms and com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the prov­ince, after which they’ll hit the open mar­ket. Pro­ceeds are be­ing shared equally be­tween Sharp Man­age­ment and the three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in­volved in the New­found­land Cli­mate and Ecosys­tems Con­ser­vancy Project.

KENN OLIVER/THE TELE­GRAM

Glenn Sharp (left) presents an of­fi­cial New­found­land Cli­mate and Ecosys­tems Con­ser­vancy Project car­bon credit to Aker So­lu­tions Canada HSE man­ager Melissa English-Bar­bour and vice-pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Dave Bil­lard. The com­pany is the first in...

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