There are a number of things that drive our emissions reduction activities, including compliance with regulatory requirements and standards, employee engagement, and financial optimization calculations. G4-EN19
|Compliance with regulatory requirements & standards||
Energy efficiency is driven by year-over-year expectations defined by the regulators in the countries in which we operate.
Emissions reductions are driven by suggestions and input gleaned from staff via our staff update meetings, as well as via our regular HSE district meetings and town halls. Staff feedback is taken into account by the groups responsible for management of emissions quantification and sustainability initiatives.
|Financial optimization calculations||
Emissions reductions are driven by the optimization activities we undertake in our business units. These impacts are identified at the project assessment stage and add value to projects. Value add and responsible, sustainable development of the resources in our operating regions are primary drivers for investment. The activities are typically identified by the in-country technical teams.
Projects that have multiple benefits, including a reduction in emission intensity of our operations, factor into Vermilion's investment selection process. Many initiatives that support Vermilion's operational excellence and stewardship also have the effect of reducing emissions associated with our activities through the reduction of fuel or energy. These benefits are identified during the investigation phase of a project assessment. All projects completed must pass Vermilion’s economic assessment criteria at the investigation phase of the project.
Vermilion implemented operational changes to reduce trucking distances associated with production fluid and chemical required for our operation. This resulted in the elimination of over 135,000 km of heavy haul trucking in 2015.
At the request of our staff, we created an IT tool to link our business travelers together so that staff travelling to the same city can travel together, thereby reducing cost and the number of vehicles on the road. Also at the request of our FBU staff, we created a tool to help promote carpooling for the daily commute.
We continued our trial of two electric vehicles by our operators in the Aquitaine and Paris basins. So far, the results have been very positive in terms of CO2 with the vehicles generating zero emissions. The challenges we are facing with these vehicles include battery duration and the time required to recharge the battery, but we are looking at ways to address these challenges given that each car can help us reduce our carbon footprint by approximately 3.64 tonnes of CO2e annually, based on an average mileage of approximately 17,255 km.
GPS and/or vehicle monitoring devices are installed in company-owned vehicles in multiple business units. These devices, which help driving performance, have resulted in reductions in fuel consumption.
Our operators make daily operations visits to the 28 platforms installed on the lake in Parentis. We purchased a new boat that will help us to reduce our fuel consumption by approximately 10,000 litres per year.
Vermilion’s focus on Integrated Sustainability is demonstrated through our continued business relationship with leading organizations such as Delta. In our northern region in The Netherlands, for example, we tendered our power supply contract to three different providers, and selected Delta as our provider of choice. This partnership has resulted in a quantifiable reduction on Vermilion’s emissions through the purchase of 100% green power from our largest power provider (of 3 providers) there, resulting in an estimated 91% reduction in Scope 2 emissions in that business unit (an estimated 35,990 tCO2e). The contract governing this power purchase came into effect in 2016.
Three quarters of our staff in Perth walk, cycle or take public transport to work!
Walk or Cycle
Improvements to helicopter flight booking and scheduling in 2014 were implemented to reduce the number of helicopter flights to and from Wandoo facilities and improve seat utilization rates.
We commenced work on gas lift compressor realignment in 2014 to improve throughput by 7%, with an expected increase in fuel consumption of 4%, therefore improving the overall production rate per unit of energy consumed. This project was completed in May 2015.
At our Perth Office, we opened access to the stairwell to enable staff to use the stairs instead of the lift to transfer between floors. We also improved shower and locker room facilities within the office to encourage more staff to ride to work. Our current office location is close to a major train and bus station, as well as bike paths. As part of our scoping of new office locations, we have made a conscious decision to look for properties within the same area to enable staff to continue to use public transport.