A North Sea market leader in third party procurement is launching a sustainable approach to sourcing and supplying oilfield products and services which could have a major impact on reducing the oil and gas industry’s carbon footprint.

Ecobuy is Craig International’s response to the increasing pressure for more responsible and sustainable industry practices. This new service, being launched at Offshore Europe, will offer customers the option to buy more environmentally friendly and less wasteful products, as well as limiting the number of journeys by vehicles and vessels in the delivery of these.

The oilfield procurement specialist source and supply millions of consumable products, equipment and services to around 75% of assets in the UKCS every year. They believe that ecobuy can have a significant impact on the environment by using less disposable materials, including plastics, and less fuel while increasing the amount of products that can be reused and recycled.

Under ecobuy, Craig International can combine orders and deliveries which will reduce the number of vehicle journeys, especially HGVs. Steve McHardy, joint managing director of Craig International, explained: “At Craig International, we pioneered smart procurement for the oil and gas industry, with our electronic platforms – ebuy and SmartBuyer. With an expert international team and unrivalled access to manufacturers and vendors around the world, we’ve built systems and delivered economies that make procurement leaner and less wasteful. “Concern for our environment is becoming more pronounced and it’s a concern that we at Craig International share. Happily, we’re in a position to do something about it. We’re adapting our working methods and choosing more sustainable options wherever we can. In our own business, we’re reducing our carbon footprint and reducing waste in our offices, stores, vehicles and working patterns. We can also have a huge impact by influencing our partners, suppliers and customers.

“We source millions of items every year and, by actively engaging with suppliers to fulfil their environmental responsibilities and working with oil majors, we can deliver sustainable product options. We’re encouraging our vendors to come and visit us on stand 1Q51 during OE to discuss the types of alternative, environmental products they can supply us with.

“For us to make a real difference, we need our suppliers and customers to buy into this approach so that we can combine orders and deliveries and drive down the cost of more environmentally-friendly products through bulk-buying.”

Craig International is a global market leader in oilfield procurement with bases in Europe, South Africa, Middle-east and North America. The firm has an international network of pre-qualified suppliers and over 70 experienced buyers in eight countries, providing cost-effective and efficient third-party procurement

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