Equally important to our success as an organisation, Wood Group strives to be a good corporate citizen.
At Wood Group, we seek to minimise any adverse environmental impact of our operations. Working together with our clients, suppliers and third parties, we can do a world of good by turning our intentions into positive actions and remaining focused on continual improvement.
Every day, we work hard to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. We actively take steps to measure and reduce our carbon emissions. In 2008, we introduced a carbon footprint pilot programme to help us better understand carbon management and identify ways to reduce carbon use throughout our operations. The programme has been expanded year-on-year and we now have all of our three divisions active in this initiative. Learning from the programme is shared across the Group. We also submit our environmental performance to the Carbon Disclosure Project and report via the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency scheme.
We not only look at our internal controls of carbon emissions, but also work with our customers to develop alternative energy projects. Wood Group offers a range of services in the renewable energy sector that enable our customers to plan and develop wind, tidal and carbon capture projects. We have provided front-end engineering and design for carbon capture and storage in the United Arab Emirates, engineering and management services for wave energy projects, and engineering, procurement and construction for onshore and offshore wind farms.
We are committed to minimise the adverse impact of our businesses and to positively improve our communities around the world for future generations. Our goal is to make a real difference by encouraging more efficient energy use and striving to modify the behaviours of our employees and businesses to conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Wood Group ensures that HSE Policy commitments are translated into real action, and our year-on-year commitment to a Group-wide environmental event is a great example of this.
During these events and other environmental activities, we focus our efforts around education and awareness, carbon reduction and energy efficiency along with local action initiatives such as area restoration or clean ups. Regional offices are encouraged to plan and conduct programmes in their communities that involve specific activities designed with a local perspective relevant to that community. Our initiatives are exemplified by some of the following achievements.
Education & Awareness
Wood Group encourages employees and their families to participate in various activities as a means for raising awareness and improving the environment for future generations. One event on this theme was a contest entitled "Postcards from Around the World," which promoted environmental awareness for employees' children. The contest included children from five different regions around the world and four age categories.
Carbon Reduction & Energy Efficiency
While Wood Group's Carbon Footprint programme is progressing well toward improving our energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption in global locations, we take the opportunity annually to reinforce the message. In previous years we have encouraged local offices to implement "switch it off" initiatives. Wood Group businesses are asked to explore ways to reduce electricity use, which have included automatic reminders for employees to shut down workstations and monitors before leaving work, and encouraging employees and families to reduce electricity use at home whenever possible.
Local initiatives are encouraged and some of our businesses have adopted local parks, forest areas, creeks and beaches and conduct regular clean-up efforts. Wood Group employees from Aberdeen to Abu Dhabi; Ireland to Iowa; Algeria to Australia, have scoured bays, beaches, highways and forest reserves to remove debris and rubbish.
Making a Difference
Wood Group is fully committed to continuing its focus on making a difference every day. We strive to remain proactive in raising awareness within our organisation to promote our core values of minimising the impact of our businesses on the environment and positively improving our communities around the world for future generations.