Global composite pipe specialist for the energy sector Strohm has achieved a key sustainability milestone after receiving certification for its climate neutral emission status. The accreditation underpins its corporate objective to support the industry’s energy transition and its global net-zero CO2 emission ambitions.
Sustainability consultancy Climate Neutral Group (CNG) has ascertained that during Strohm’s assessment period, the company met its strict criteria for being climate neutral as an organisation. As part of the assessment, the levels of emissions produced at Strohm’s thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) 24/7 production facility in The Netherlands and its other global offices were investigated. Personnel travel and transportation, and indirect emissions through electricity and heating were also included.
The following stage saw Strohm apply offsetting principles through two initiatives in line with the company’s values and meeting the requirements set out by the Verified Carbon Standard organisation.
The business achieved its goal, negating 1,425 metric tons of its 2019 CO2 footprint – roughly the same average emissions produced by circa 100 households.
Oliver Kassam, Strohm’s CEO, says, “We are passionate about sustainability and fully committed to supporting the decarbonisation of the energy industry. Achieving climate neutral certification has been a great achievement and we now have a full understanding of how our actions and decisions can support our sustainability goals. Since January, we have switched to 100% green electricity generated by offshore windfarms in The Netherlands.”
“The timing of achieving the CNG certification ties in with the increased focus in TCP this year from operators who are looking to embrace technologies which can support their net-zero emission ambitions, and this puts Strohm in an excellent position,” Kassam adds.
Based on the analysis Strohm carried out with one of its clients using a recently installed TCP Flowline project as a reference, the results demonstrate an estimated reduction of over 4,500 metric tons of CO2 can be achieved when selecting TCP versus carbon steel for a circa 20-kilometre offshore pipeline.
The company has now begun working with clients, shareholders and suppliers to achieve similar validation for its TCP products. This will look at all upstream and downstream activities including the footprint of the materials required to make TCP, installation subsea, as well as operation related emissions and recycling. This is expected to be completed later this year.
Strohm’s TCP technology is a strong, non-corrosive, spoolable, low carbon footprint pipe technology and offers a 60% reduced CO2 footprint compared to steel alternatives. The company is currently developing its TCP solutions further for the hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) markets.
Strohm took part in two initiatives:
- The Forestry Brazil Jacunda REED+ climate project engages the support of local communities in Brazil to reduce deforestation and protect biodiversity in the rainforest.
- The Methane Fermentation and Energy Generation in The Netherlands project. The Dutch biogas initiative concerns the financing of greenhouse gas reductions through a circular business strategy; the company farms pigs and uses the manure as a source of electricity, which is then fed into the national power grid.