“The key is to know exactly which methods are being used on all surface treatment jobs on the sites where we operate by using the daily logs,” says Kristian Henriksen, who has been in charge of the dashboard project. Henriksen is an engineer and head of technology and robotics at Beerenberg. “The significance of sustainability in relation to our services is growing and will become the new ‘licence to operate’ in the next few years, obviously paired with excellent HSEQ performance,” explains Ole Christian Thømt, VP MMO at Beerenberg.
Accounting for climate
In the surface treatment segment Beerenberg makes use of methods such as vacuum-blasting, sand-blasting, sponge-blasting, UHP robots and mechanical pretreatment. This year Kristian Henriksen and his colleagues have been keeping climate accounts for each of the surface pretreatment methods. When documenting the treatment method and the extent of the work, the sustainability dashboard automatically generates climate accounts for the job in question. This also simplifies the process by digitalising the documentation and switching from paper and Excel records to a customised digital app
The company recently held an in-house kick-off to launch the sustainability dashboard. The event was attended by Beerenberg engineers, planners and field managers who discussed how the company should and does follow up on reporting. This autumn the focus will be on training and on implementing a new module for documenting surface treatment operations (daily log). Relevant data will then be autogenerated into the sustainability dashboard to keep it up to date at all times.
The value of measurements
Beerenberg is working to generate exact figures for its emissions and consequently also for its annual emission cuts.
“Although we must make some caveats with these measurements, we do believe that they set a very clear direction as to what the more eco-friendly choices are. And the fact that we are starting to measure our surface treatment activities will raise awareness throughout the organisation and make environmental impact an integral element in the decision-making process. The thinking behind it is that the things we are being measured on we must also focus on, and deliver,” says Ole Christian Thømt.
“The good thing about this is that every time we are planning a job we will also be evaluating the environmental impact of the pretreatment method. That is, we won’t just start sand-blasting because we know it’s an effective, familiar and straightforward method. Since sand-blasting means more pollution, we will now increasingly consider whether it is better to deploy sponge media on the next job or whether we might be able to use manual vacuum-blasting or robotic pretreatment methods. If we always make these assessments before each job, the result will be more thought through and environmentally friendly,” Kristian Henriksen says.
“As we are increasingly talking about and using robots, more people are beginning to request them. There is a very clear link,” says Ole Christian Thømt.