September 25, 2023
In April 2023, the British Drilling Association (BDA) took a significant step towards a more sustainable future by establishing its Sustainability Working Group. This momentous initiative has seen five fruitful meetings thus far, driven by a collective commitment to usher sustainability into the drilling sector while keeping pace with the ever-evolving technological landscape.
What initially began as a concept has swiftly taken shape, thanks to the invaluable contributions from members and various facets of the industry. The BDA Sustainability Working Group boasts a diverse membership that encompasses drilling practitioners, suppliers, business owners, clients, and environmental experts. This diversity ensures that a comprehensive and holistic approach to sustainability remains at the heart of the group’s mission.
Recently, under the stewardship of Martin Clegg from MGS, the group embarked on an exciting partnership with Auditel. Their mission? To map the intricate journey of carbon within the ground investigation industry. The fruits of this collaboration are now in hand, with an illuminating report that holds the potential to be a true game-changer.
Currently, the BDA Sustainability Working Group is in the process of meticulously reviewing the Auditel report. Their insights and recommendations will be instrumental in shaping a living document that intends to keep pace with the rapid advancements in technology.
Against this backdrop of active sustainability efforts, the BDA’s Chair, Paul McMann, took the stage at the recent GE Sustainability conference, held on the 21st of September 2023. His presentation, titled: “The Five W’s of Sustainability – A Sector’s View 2023”, formed an integral part of the Thought Leaders panel, titled: “Breaking with Tradition – How Can the Geotechnical Sector Meet Net Zero Targets?”
Paul’s presentation delved into the critical “Five W’s” of sustainability:
Paul’s insightful presentation emphasised the critical role that the drilling and geotechnical industry plays in achieving sustainability. He discussed not only what the industry is doing to promote sustainability but also how it can further enhance its efforts.
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