A key question facing the energy industry these days is how to meet the future energy demands of the world in a responsible and sustainable manner. With global warming and e-mobility dominating the headlines, how does the oil & gas industry fit into the picture? At DEA, the recent Environmental Sustainability initiative introduced by Leonie and Maria aims to address this complex question: “We want to show the CO2 footprint of all our producing assets and have the information aggregated in a simple and easily understandable manner, available to all employees,” says Leonie. “Every employee is an ambassador of our industry, and having this information at hand and being able to share it openly will help gain acceptance for our mission from society. But we don’t want to stop at transparency,” she continues. Beyond being a transparent organization, DEA aims to become a leading E&P player within environmental sustainability, and the organization is committed to operating in an environmentally responsible way. Leonie mentions the current initiatives carried out at DEA’s flagship, Mittelplate, as examples of DEA’s efforts to find more responsible solutions. “At Mittelplate, electricity is used from the grid and there is a completely enclosed waste-disposal system where even rain and spray water is collected and cleansed onshore. Also, pipeline connections have reduced shipping traffic by more than 2,000 transfers a year,” explains Leonie. Another area of focus in DEA is diversity, and there is a strong focus on the benefits of colleagues having different backgrounds and areas of expertise.
With the nomination of the first-ever female CEO in the company’s history, one big step has already been taken towards breaking old industry conventions, and in 2018, the first ever Women@DEA Summit was held, where 150 female employees discussed how professions and careers can be made more attractive to women. “Diversity and equal opportunities for all employees is an objective that we have set for ourselves and we are implementing a number of measures to achieve it. After all, it’s clear that diversity in the workforce is a decisive factor for the competitiveness and success of any enterprise. This is why diversity is good business and everybody’s business,” concludes Leonie.