Article Quantifying Environmental Impact of Transition Technologies
Using a science-based methodology to create a standardized measurement framework.
The Schlumberger sustainability strategy identifies areas of social and environmental focus based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We use the SDGs as a framework to align with our customers on their objectives and to empower our local teams so that they can focus on what matters most to them.
Many of our customers communicate sustainability objectives through an SDG lens, so we mapped the environmental attributes of our technologies to the SDGs most impacted. Using the SDGs as a reference framework, we have aligned the attributes of our impact-reducing portfolio with our customer objectives.
In 2019, Schlumberger committed to set a science-based target in emissions reduction in line with criteria defined by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Our target supports the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, developed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degC above preindustrial levels.
Building on industry standards, guidelines, and data (GHG Protocol, ISO 14040, and others), we have developed a robust methodology for impact quantification, uniform across all our business lines and based on four fundamentals:
We aim for transparency of scope and data utilization with external verification where possible.
We compare technologies with equivalent ones to define value-driver threshold.
We map technology impacts to attributes, for example emissions reduction, which support the UN SDGs.
We identify where the biggest impact to footprint can occur within the technology life cycle.
By understanding the impact of technology and how alternatives can reduce that impact, we can work with customers to design and operate more sustainably and reduce CO2 emissions across the E&P life cycle.
As we work with customers to reduce their operational impact today, we are also embedding this methodology into new product development, enabling us to define and develop our Transition Technologies portfolio of the future: driving high performance, sustainably.
We have defined attributes to provide a more detailed method and to quantify the reduced environmental impact of these technologies within the oil and gas industry. Our qualification process is detailed below, with initial focus on emissions reduction and enabling attributes associated with it—energy consumption reduction, electrification, and surveillance and assessment.
These technologies and solutions enable the avoidance or reduction of CO2e emissions within your oil and gas value chain by
Reduced energy consumption is often, but not always, associated with emissions reduction. These technologies and solutions reduce the amount of input energy by
Enabling the use of electricity as an energy source has multiple benefits. These technologies will enable you to
A combination of digital capabilities and sensor array options will enable you to
Based upon these attributes, we determine the extent of environmental impact by comparing our technologies with a similar reference technology, established industry standards, or both. To build a credible quantifiable methodology, we are aiming for transparency of scope and robust data usage to inform the calculations—similar to our science-based approach for setting a reduced emissions target.
Consistent science-based quantification methodology for the Transition Technologies attributes is crucial. Backed by our integrity as scientists and engineers, a consistent methodology is being applied across all business lines to our Transition Technologies portfolio, where each one is assessed and verified to establish a quantifiable level of impact.