ERMS (Environmental Risk Management System) is a 3-year research program initiated by the oil industry. The overall objective of this program is:
In order to achieve these objectives, it is necessary to:
The offshore operating companies are facing the challenge of "zero harmful discharges" within 2005. This challenge, which is based on the Norwegian government's White Paper no. 58, demonstrate the need for a quantitative discharge management tool enabling the industry to document the strategy and actions to meet this request.
The program consists of major activities to develop an EIF-based concept for seafloor sediments based on a comprehensive literature study on effects from drilling discharges both in the water column as well as in seafloor sediments. The concept will be validated towards field experiments with discharges from drilling operations.