Valley Voice – a column where our cluster members are in focus. This week we talked with Wendy Lam, Product Director, Emissions Measurement & Detection, and Oslo Site Leader, Baker Hughes, Oslo.
Baker Hughes is an energy technology company that provides solutions to energy and industrial customers worldwide. Built on a century of experience and with operations in more than 120 countries, their innovative technologies and services are taking energy forward— making it safer, cleaner, and more efficient for people and the planet. Baker Hughes has approximately 55,000 employees globally, with 1,600 employees located in Norway at sites in Stavanger, Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Hammerfest, Stord, Gulen, and Mongstad.
1. What are you doing right now?
I am leading an exciting growth area focused on Emissions Detection & Measurement, one of Baker Hughes’ priorities for new energy technology. We are working with current and new customers globally to reduce methane and other harmful greenhouse gases using existing and emerging technologies. We see a growing need for emissions management based on science and analytics so we can help customers meet growing regulatory requirements.
2. What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in the future?
To address emissions, we need to find and fix them. The question is what kinds of technology should we use in different situations to understand emissions – fixed sensors, drones, aerial, satellite, digital, AI? Also, once you identify where emissions are, how do you control and abate them? There are numerous solutions out there, many of which Baker Hughes provide. The question is what combinations of technologies are most suitable for customers’ different projects, and which combinations will achieve the best results? This is what we work with customers on every day.
Methane is magnitudes more harmful than CO2 to the environment in the shorter term. As a result, there is an opportunity for companies to be at the forefront of detecting, measuring, and abating these harmful emissions. Pressure is growing from governments, regulatory bodies, investors, shareholders, and consumers to do something tangible to solve this. Baker Hughes’ solutions can help customers make significant strides in this area.
3. How is Baker Hughes working to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050?
In addition to working with our customers to reduce their emissions, Baker Hughes made a commitment in 2019 to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions from our operations by 2050, with an interim goal of 50% reduction by 2030.
We are making progress with a 15% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions year-over-year in 2021. Some actions include increasing our use of electricity from renewables and zero-carbon sources, improving energy efficiency at our operating sites, and reducing vehicle emissions. We are measuring all of this and continue to expand reporting on our Scope 3 emissions that are core to our business.
For our products and solutions, we are also employing ISO-certified product life cycle assessments to support design and project execution choices to reduce lifecycle emissions of what we deliver to our customers.
4. What keeps you awake at night with regards to the energy transition?
I spend a lot of time exploring the opportunities around how we must partner differently to find the solutions to be successful in the energy transition. Partnership and collaboration across hard to abate industries are essential to make the technological advances we need to achieve net-zero. Although the challenges are great and there is a ton of hard work ahead, it is exciting because there’s also so much opportunity. I guess what keeps me up at night is that there is so much to think about and explore with new technology and defining new ways of working.
5. What do you think will be the most valuable thing about being a member of Energy Valley?
I mentioned already the need for new ways of working and partnering. I think having a group like Energy Valley to support connections from traditional and new industry players, from private and public sectors is of huge value. There is a great cluster of talent and knowledge here in Energy Valley, ranging from traditional energy, marine. shipping, digital and other industries, and we need every bit of it to build success.
6. Is there any book that has inspired you in the way you lead?
I will name two that have been top of mind for me this year, especially as I think about the net-zero challenge. One is called Range by David Epstein. It speaks about how diverse experiences and perspectives can drive the most innovative solutions. When solving tough problems, being able to use analogies from completely different situations can bring new light.
The second book is called Culture Map by Erin Meyers on working across different cultures in international business. It is interesting that you can share the same values as someone else but how you act or communicate that same value can differ greatly. Erin was here speaking recently in Oslo at the Oslo Business Forum.
7. Which Energy Valley member do you want to pass the baton on to?
I’d love to pass it on to SINTEF, who we are working with on some projects.
Thank you, Wendy!