Collaborating for Safety and Environmental Sustainability, the continuous improvement initiative in Newfoundland and Labrador’s (NL) offshore petroleum industry, is unique for two reasons. First, it’s a co-operative effort across all offshore operators, working toward a common goal. Second, performance improvements are real and ongoing, thanks to a comprehensive plan that’s practical, pragmatic and based on needs identified by operators, workers, contractors and suppliers.
“The plan is founded on an industry-wide vision: Atlantic Canada strives to be the safest and most environmentally sustainable offshore producing jurisdiction in the world.”
While individual operators have always pursued excellence in environment, health and safety performance, working together is an opportunity to enhance information sharing and collaboration across the entire industry.
The initiative started in early 2020 when offshore operators including Cenovus, ExxonMobil, Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd., Suncor, Equinor, bp and Chevron embarked on their collective improvement journey. The catalyst was a common goal to raise the bar on environment, health and safety performance. With help from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), participants kicked off three years of collective work to keep taking positive steps in the journey.
In 2022, offshore operators came together again to re-validate the initiative’s vision and purpose, and to outline new objectives to guide the initiative in 2023 and beyond, setting the stage for the next phase of collaboration and performance improvement.
Achievements to date include:
Collaborating for Safety and Environmental Sustainability is a living document that will continue to be reviewed and revised. Over the next two years, the offshore industry intends to continue working together as part of this initiative to: