From strategy to action: IMCA adopts its roadmap for advancing environmental sustainability

IMCA’s Board approved our strategic direction on environmental sustainability last month and also agreed to elevate the Environmental Sustainability Committee to a core committee. The strategy has four key aims:

  • Shifting the needle in environmental performance and the low carbon transition;
  • Supporting the membership on environmental performance and meeting the Paris Agreement;
  • Being recognised by Members as a neutral, trusted partner and technical authority; and
  • Serving as a standard setter for environmental sustainability in the offshore marine contracting industry.

The Roadmap adopts a four-phased approach: In the first phase, we identify the material environmental issues facing the industry and highlight our Members’ approaches to addressing these. We then look at how Members are reporting their progress, considering globally-accepted standards for doing so. We also recognise that ensuring environmental sustainability in the offshore industry requires a collaborative approach so we will look to collaborate with others to achieve shared outcomes. In the final phase, we will publish a Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability, outlining what is expected of IMCA Members and how our industry should behave in this area to contribute to a sustainable future.



The Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) has supported the development of this roadmap and will be championing its implementation. Special thanks go to the previous ESC Chair, Travis Matthews, formerly of McDermott who led the committee for the past two years, and to Vice and Acting Chair, Stig Clementsen of DOF ASA. IMCA looks forward to ESC members selecting and welcoming a new ESC Chair at its next meeting on 5 November.


Call to action!


In addition to the ESC, there will be opportunities for wider involvement in developing of the Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability as we invite participation from members through the establishment of a time-bound workgroup. Members interested in participating in the workgroup should notify [email protected] by 1 November 2020.


Additionally, IMCA is keen to identify those Members working on environmental sustainability and the energy transition, recognising that our contacts have previously come from health and safety but environmental sustainability is often more cross-cutting across the business. This will also provide an opportunity for us to share targeted environmental sustainability information with you and ultimately for members working in this area to connect with one another as part of a focused professional network. Please contact [email protected].