OEEC 2018 welcomes GSES Go Green Pavilion 

Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference 2018 is proud to announce the arrival of the Go Green Pavilion in cooperation with NDI, the National sustainability Institute to the exhibition floor. Navigating your daily operations in an industry where sustainability and circular economy are top-of-mind can be daunting.

Fear not! The go Green Pavilion will offer the best practices from Boskalis, Heerema, Royal IHC, Peterson, 80:20 Procurement and Theunissen Technical Trading.

You will also find Bayards, International Food Services – IFS, OOS International, Merford, and Trustlube with circular product cases from the Global Sustainable Enterprise System (GSES) by NDI there as well.

Kelly Ruigrok from NDI explains the backstory regarding GSES: “We created the GSES System with the National Sustainability Institute.

“The GSES system is an overarching international sustainability standard that measures all aspects on sustainability.

“When we launched the system on an event in January 2018 we met Boskalis and discovered the BlueScan. CSR Netherlands and top Dutch maritime companies joined forces to make procurement more sustainable. They created the Maritime BlueScan. The role of procurement in the maritime sector is ever evolving.

“The expected lifetime of a product is becoming shorter, while supply chains are becoming less transparent. With the increasing globalization of business, the need has arisen to look beyond cost-saving measurements. Over 80 percent of CPOs recognize sustainable procurement as a trend. Key is to generate sustained profitability, economically, socially and environmentally.”

Creating transparency

Ruigrok continues: “Within the ‘Sustainable procurement in the maritime sector’ project, companies (Boskalis, Heerema marine contractors, Royal IHC, Theunissen Technical Trading, 80:20 Procurement & CSR Netherlands) co-created a tool.

“This tool is an online application that allows companies throughout the entire maritime sector to execute assessments of the sustainability level of their suppliers. It contains a questionnaire that builds upon the project partners’ custom-made methods and is aligned with international standards.”

Mieke Bakker, MVO Nederland, comments: “We developed an overall system in which all sustainable aspects are measured, the BlueScan. The tool we developed, looks at making procurement more sustainable by taking the environment as well as the human aspect into account and creating transparency.”

Dingeman de Groot, Director of Sales, Peterson, comments: For Peterson and 80:20 Procurement it is very important to ensure that the products we purchase meet our sustainability objectives. Testing has always been done on an individual basis, for example, by checking whether the company clothing is produced in a fair way and whether the manufacturer is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation.

“MVI is one of the standard weighting factors at Peterson for every tender, supplier or product choice and we have made energy scans part of our procurement process helping us achieve our goal of being ISO 50001 certified. The GSES System allows us to test in a uniform and transparent manner.”

Not specific to maritime industry alone

“Together with a number of maritime companies, we have worked hard on a system to harmonize sustainable procurement in the maritime sector and, at the same time, to comply with all relevant standards”, comments Theunissen Technical Trading. “During the development of the platform, now known as BlueScan, we discovered that the design and content of this scan are not sector specific at all. BlueScan can, therefore, be used by any company to gain insight into the sustainable performance and the sustainable actions of its suppliers.”


Boskalis, Heerema Marine Contractors, Pon Power BV, Royal IHC, CSR Netherlands and Theunissen Technical Trading asked the National Sustainability Institute to adopt the BlueScan under the GSES System. The National Sustainability Institute who created the GSES System is able to spread the BlueScan standard under the GSES System international and generic for every sector.


Mieke Bakker from CSR Netherlands comments: “With the adoption of the BlueScan under the GSES System the BlueScan can reach international impact and we secure the validation by third party assessments”


The GSES System enables information sharing amongst the maritime network partners. This means that suppliers only need to adhere to one standard and will receive only one audit request. The tool is embedded in a project framework that prescribes procurement process requirements to ensure a high audit or evaluation standard. This leads to efficiency gains.

The project offers access to a well-founded sustainability method and a concrete incentive for sustainable choices in products and services for maritime suppliers worldwide. A spokesperson from Royal IHC said that the maritime industry can and must work at realizing the worldwide sustainability ambitions. And to be able to do this, the industry must know the current status, what the best practices are and where there is room for improvement. “Creating transparency will ultimately help achieve a more sustainable lifecycle in the industry.”

Want to learn more best practices? Head to the GSES Go Green Pavilion during Offshore Energy.

Offshore Energy 2018

Offshore Energy attracts a global audience of offshore energy professionals and features an exhibition where over 600 companies will showcase their products and services. Offshore Energy covers both the exploration and production of the conventional energy resources, oil & gas, and the renewable part of the energy mix such as offshore wind and marine energy. It is the place to find out where the future of energy is heading. This year’s Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference will be held on (22), 23 & 24 October 2018.

Source: Navingo BV

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Posted on August 10, 2018


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