Stepping up sustainability commitment – appointing new ESG-director
Siem Offshore is stepping up its commitment on sustainability by appointing Jon August Houge as new ESG-director. – I look forward to leading Siem Offshore’s work on this very important area, he says.
– Sustainability is a matter of great importance to Siem Offshore. By appointing a new ESG-director, we aim to further intensify our work within this area. Jon August has solid experience from the industry as well as Siem Offshore. He will be an important resource for setting the direction for what we, as a leading vessel provider in the offshore industry must focus on, and what activities and measures we will initiate in this area in the time ahead, says Bernt Omdal – CEO, Siem Offshore.
Jon August started his career in Siem Offshore in 2009. Since 2015, he has held the position as Operation Manager. He is now looking forward to taking on his new role as ESG-director.
– I am really excited to lead the company’s work on sustainability and ESG. We fully support a net-zero future, and if we are to remain as a leading vessel provider, I believe it is crucial to further strengthen our work on these matters, he says.
The focus on sustainability is already well-integrated in Siem Offshore’s operations, and last year, an ESG-group was established, of which Jon August is now the leader. We are committed to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Global Compact’s principles on human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. We will also prepare for future challenges and opportunities through industry collaboration and leadership.
These are our long-term targets:
- To cut greenhouse emissions by 50% per unit by 2030
- Only order vessels with zero emission technology from 2030
- Climate neutral fleet from 2050
– We have already installed hybrid battery power packages on some of the platform supply vessels, and we will continue upgrading more vessels in the years to come. Furthermore, we will continue to evaluate alternative energy sources for our vessels, such as hydrogen-based fuels as well as improving vessel monitoring and environmental performance through digitalized solutions, allowing for increased efficiency and reduced emissions, Houge says.
By 2022, a long-term sustainability strategy defining how we will improve our impact on society and the environment will be in place.
– The journey has just started, and we have a long a way to go. This will only be possible by having ESG as a part of our daily work and operations. Sustainable technology is already here, and by making better use of it, it will help us become more sustainable and cut our carbon footprint, he concludes.