Leading the way on sustainability

Trusted to be a sustainable partner

Across the markets in which we operate – offshore wind and renewables, offshore oil and gas, coastal and civil, and decommissioning – our customers and supply chain partners are increasingly looking to work with companies aligned with their own sustainability commitments and credentials.

In order to uphold their own certifications and permits, for example, they can only operate with like-minded businesses. Furthermore, they must be able to evaluate if those businesses are consistently sustainable. If they need to report on the quantity of consumables for a particular project, for example, they need the relevant report from IQIP. Equally, their incident performance is affected by our record. In this way, IQIP and its customers and supply chain partners continue to influence one another, and must be able to trust each other completely.

At IQIP, sustainability is at the forefront of all our activities, whether it be innovating the industry to minimise the environmental impact of our customers’ operations or contributing to the solutions required to access affordable energy. While we take our responsibility to develop sustainable equipment seriously, we attach equal importance to developing our own sustainability culture. This means ensuring that it is always on the agenda and is embraced across all areas within our organisation.

Sustainable operations

IQIP has achieved several ISO certifications across different sites and locations, namely: ISO 9001 (quality management system), ISO 45001 (health and safety management system), ISO 14001 (environmental management system), and ISO 3834 (welding quality system). We expect all locations worldwide to be certified by the end of 2023 for ISO 14001 and by the end of the third quarter this year for ISO 45001, resulting in a fully certified management system.

We are continuously evolving our sustainable operation – for the benefit of our employees and the environment. For instance, the oils used in machine workshops have been substituted for less hazardous alternatives. The use of CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic for reproduction) substances in our production facility has also been reduced by 22%, lowering the risk presented to our employees. Further steps taken to reduce harmful emissions in production areas include substantial investment in a fully electric forklift fleet.

To tackle energy consumption, IQIP has decreased the amount of lighting required in workshops by using natural light and LED lighting, which reacts on movement. It can be controlled remotely and is networked with the building management system, which can also set office temperatures. Approximately 350 solar panels provide 8% of the energy that IQIP consumes, with 12,000 kilojoules being supplied back into the network.

 

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

 

Cultural developments

These are just some of the ways in which IQIP is moving sustainability to the heart of its operations. On a cultural level, sustainability links strongly to health and safety. IQIP’s framework for HSEQ covers several topics, including a customer-orientated focus on securing lessons learned, and an ambition to be a sustainable and high-quality partner. This means that we are involved in the earlier stages of the environmental aspects of a project.

IQIP is knowledge and data-driven, in relation to occupational safety and sustainability. There is also a greater focus on sustainability in our onboarding programme, and our own training and awareness programmes.

This approach also connects to the need to improve reporting functionalities. We must communicate waste streams, emissions, and the consumption of energy and chemicals to governments and customers – and that’s why our reports are more detailed. Having monitored these items for one year, we can now use this data to set a baseline for annual targets, such as a 50% reduction in energy consumption. We are now able to measure that, which is a significant step forward.

Playing our part

Having implemented sustainability measures across our organisation and embedded the topic within our culture, we are now measuring, monitoring, improving and actioning continuously in a cycle. In the short-term, we are building an international supply chain with sustainability in mind, and forming a new strategy that can be incorporated within objectives for every corporate discipline.

We have already defined some ambitions and commitments, as well as implemented some activities to help reach our targets. The future depends on every IQIP department and colleague playing their part, however small, so that collectively the company can make a huge contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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