Naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham was one of the key speakers at an event that put the environmental spotlight on the oil and gas industry.
More than 100 people attended the E-Reps Forum at the Skyways Aberdeen Hotel in Dyce to discuss and debate environmental matters as well as to share examples of best practice.
The theme for the event was Sustainability Through Efficiency. Key areas of focus included legislation – in particular, the new Offshore Safety Directive – innovation, and building a successful company culture.
Packham, who began his presentation with holiday memories of 1970s Aberdeen, highlighted the need for the industry to consider wildlife in the areas in which it operates and the need for positive and proactive change. In particular, he discussed the 2010 Macondo disaster and the recent Volkswagen scandal, and how they affected eco-systems and local economies.
“E-reps have it in their power to instigate and facilitate change as they fully understand the needs of the industry and how those can be balanced with environmental concerns – they really can be the catalysts for progression in the sector,” said Packham.
Other talks on the schedule included how to prepare for your next regulatory inspection, technologies to reduce oil in water and chemical usage, and how the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme will improve efficiency.
An interactive workshop on what the new Safety Case Regulations mean for environmental representative was also held, and there was a chance for delegates to take part in a ‘live’ oil spill response scenario.
A date and venue for the 2016 E-Reps Forum is expected to be announced by the end of the year.
Image: Chris Packham delivering his key speech at the E-Reps Forum/E-Reps Forum 2015