SEC 2019- Sustainable comeback

StS partisipates at Stavanger Energy Conference 12-13. June 2019 at Rosenberg yard.

Isolering, Stillas, Overflatebehandling, Sveisehabitat, Tilkomstteknikk

The conference came as a result of the oil prices fall in 2014. The purpose of the conference was a collective industry boost, with a focus on positivity in the industry. It is a meeting place for an overall industry, with a focus on technology, expertise and sustainability. Read more about the conference here:

This year’s theme is “Sustainable comeback”?

– How can we, as an industry, contribute to a more sustainable development? The topic is highlighted by questions such as “How must the energy mix be too sustainable for the environment?” How must the supplier industry adapt to the upturn to avoid new cost spirals and to create sustainable growth? “What can you as a supplier do to become one of the preferred players?

Measures are constantly being taken to meet the challenges of the future. In the following we will give some examples of StS initiatives for a sustainable industry.

  • Our commitment to sustainability
  • Local footprint
  • UN’s sustainability goals
  • Skills development and decent working life
  • Youth and apprentices
  • Coperation on inclusion
  • Framework

Commitment to sustainability

StS has a burning commitment to sustainability and knows that this is the right place to be when the industry is gathered at Rosenberg yard next week.

 In StS, this is anchored by the board of directors and the management of the company.   It is the foundation stone of our value chain.

We shall be a reliable and competitive supplier while at the same time being a responsible employer.

StS is a certified environmental company, which means that we have this focus and concrete measures in place to reduce the negative impact on the environment.

It is an aim for us to be a visible environmental actor with clear commitment also in our administration, where

recycling is an important contribution.



Sustainability is about more than environmental and climate gas emissions. To create sustainable growth, the focus must be on the entire value chain.

Lokal footprint

It is important to StS to put a positive footprint in the local community where we have operations. An example of this is our sponsorship of football team Nest Sotra at Ågotnes. Read more about the case here:

UN’s sustainability goals

We recently attended a seminar on Sustainability under the auspices of the PWC. This year’s theme for the conference was “The Board of Directors and Sustainability or Opportunity” Here, various topics were presented that all highlighted sustainability. Among other things, “Sustainability 100- What is the status in the largest companies in Norway?” And about the UN’s sustainability goals for everyday choices for each of us as individuals, managers and board members.

Overall, we have the UN’s sustainability goals

This is the world’s common work plan for eradicating poverty, combating inequality and stopping climate change by 2030. Sustainable development is about preserving the needs of people living today, without destroying the ability of future generations to cover themselves. The sustainability goals reflect the three dimensions of sustainable development: climate and environment, economy and social conditions. ”

Read more about the UN’s sustainability goals here:

The sustainability goals which have the highest priority among Norwegian companies today are “Decent work and economic growth,” Stop climate change “and Responsible consumption and production. Norway scores relatively low internationally. In fact, we are in 16 places out of a total of 20 countries. The PWC reports that we can improve on the goals – “Decent work and economic growth”, – “Innovation and infrastructure, -” Less inequality “and” Underwater life “.

Skills development and decent working life

StS has a proud history where we from the establishment in 1972 have been concerned with sustainability. Specifically, our commitment to competence development and a decent working life. This is the UN’s sustainability objective no.8.

Already in the 1970s, we recruited good seafarers in addition to skilled workers from the shipyard and the construction industry.

In the 1980s, we initiated the establishment of the Scaffolding Entrepreneurs Association (SEF) in addition to being actively involved in the reference group for the scaffolding regulations in the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority. We also had an active contribution to the establishment of a public vocational training program for scaffolders.

StS was also the initiator of the scaffolding contractors’ measuring office in 1987, which ensured that all scaffolding companies got equal conditions. In the 1990s, we started with industrial climbing (access technology) where we trained scaffolding workers and other professionals for access technicians. Then in the early 2000s we started with Welding habitat. This was in itself an innovative development and we trained our employees in performing hot work.

Youth and apprentices

StS has a continuous focus on competence building. We have brought in apprentices and given them professional competence for almost 50 years. Around 2010, StS initiated collaboration with schools and colleges on higher education for the ISS subjects. The result was the subject technician study “Mechanical Engineering with ISS subjects” at Bergen Technical College (BTF)

It is important to ensure recruitment to our industry. StS works closely with NAV. It is a stated goal to reduce youth unemployment. Among other measures that StS has implemented in collaboration with NAV was recently a job fair where job-seeking persons aged 18-30 years were presented StS as a company, the subjects and our projects. Afterwards, “speed interviews” were carried out where the job seeker got a unique opportunity to present himself and ask questions about the vacancies in StS.

The course resulted in more people getting a job in StS after finishing the course.

Read more about this at

Coperation for inclusion

The courses are part of the coperation for Inclusion, a common social mission to get more people into work. Read more about the coperation for Inclusion here:

If we are to create jobs, the cooperation that happens on the companies every day is one of the most important things we have.
In light of digitization, polarization and increased uncertainty, the ability to find good local solutions is important for getting change that makes us create values and jobs. Nine out of ten NHO companies believe that the cooperation between union and the company’s management is positive for the company.
Furthermore, the companies point out that the cooperation means that companies handle conflicts in a good way, that they have better profitability and that the company creates and preserves jobs. Read more about three-party cooperation here:

StS is a member of NHO and Norwegian Industry and has strong faith in three-party cooperation. We demonstrate this with a good and constructive dialogue with our union.


A challenge when it comes to investing in expertise is the framework conditions for the ISS contractors. These framework conditions pose a risk for further investment in competence development.

One of the consequences for the ISS industry is that many have increased the proportion of hiring from staffing agencies. The staffing industry does not have the same framework conditions as the contractors. This applies, for example, to training and pension schemes. This difference can be a margin decline that is not sustainable for a contractor.

ISS- a labor intensive industry

ISS (Insulation, Scaffolding and Surface Protection) is a labour intensive industry which for many years has had a lower wage development than the society at large. It is not sustainable if we are to ensure access to qualified labor in the future.

The number of apprentices is at a critically low level. This documents the negative trend.

We are dependent on the tasks being carried out in Norway and the competence of executing personnel must be willing to carry out their work here. The industry must have access to enough resources in the future. At the same time, we must operate cost-effectively and profitably.

Skills development drives costs, but they are sustainable costs. Cost savings are, in our opinion, best achieved by developing smarter ways of doing the work. Focus on technology development and LEAN processes.

Cost-effective methods

StS has, through various measures, managed to be more cost-effective. For example, we have moved our facilities to less expensive premises where we at the same time achieve economies of scale by co-locating administration, production and training premises. The new premises are tailored to our needs for product development and training center for the development of future labor. The course center opens the doors to one of the industry’s best offers in industrial climbing.
Furthermore, we are working on product development that will streamline the work of insulation pipes on plants both on and offshore, in the oil and gas industry as well as other industries where it is isolated on pipes.
An overall industry is working to become more cost-effective. There is still an increased focus on digitization as an effective cost-saving measure. Digitization has it`s costs as well. The ongoing cost focus might slow a constructive development.
In order for us to succeed with our sustainability goals, the industry must have the necessary framework conditions in place. This means that we must focus on cost savings while at the same time we can focus on skills development. It is a win-win situation that will ensure important social interests, secure deliveries to our industry and provide enough resources to contribute to ensuring value creation and decency in Norwegian business and industry.


We are ready to meet the challenges- and find the solutions at SEC 2019