Navigating Partnerships and Eco-Friendly Exhibit Design at the Offshore Technology Conference

by Bill Carney | March 10, 2024 | Tips and Tricks

Howdy y’all,

Fresh off the heels of another successful show at the Hai Heli Expo, we’re gearing up for our next event at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in early May. With the conference attracting global oil brands while environmental concerns remain at the forefront, we’re taking a closer look at how companies at OTC can integrate eco-friendly exhibit design practices into their booths and overall brand narrative. So grab a few pounds of crawfish, and let’s dive in.

Understanding the Political Climate

While the oil and petrochemical industries often find themselves under the microscope regarding environmental concerns, it’s essential to recognize their efforts in embracing eco-friendly practices, even in trade shows. Unsurprisingly, some of the most prominent brands in the industry have been investing heavily in eco-friendly initiatives, including their trade show exhibits. For instance, at the World Petroleum Congress, ExxonMobil recently unveiled a booth made entirely from recycled materials. Similarly, Shell has been pioneering using energy-efficient lighting and sustainable building materials in their exhibit designs at various trade shows. And Chevron, who made headlines last year for their commitment to zero-waste practices at the Global Petroleum Show. 

These initiatives demonstrate a growing awareness and dedication to sustainability within the industry, even amidst a challenging political climate.

The Role of Eco-Friendly Exhibit Design

Eco-friendly exhibit design is crucial in mitigating environmental impact and aligning with consumer values. By integrating sustainable materials, energy-efficient lighting, and waste reduction strategies into exhibit design, brands can demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship and differentiate themselves in the market.

By taking an eco-conscious approach to exhibit design, the use of sustainable materials such as recycled aluminum for booth structures, recycled cardboard for signage and displays, and reclaimed wood for furniture and fixtures. These choices reduce waste and showcase commitment to environmental responsibility.

Navigating Partnerships with Big Oil Brands

When navigating partnerships within the oil and petrochemical industry, it’s crucial to collaborate with environmentally sustainable brands that align with our values and objectives. By partnering with companies committed to eco-friendly practices, such as renewable energy providers and waste reduction specialists, we can minimize environmental impact while maintaining authenticity and integrity within the industry. These partnerships enable exhibiting OTC brands to integrate sustainable solutions into booth designs for brands looking to thrive in the oil and petrochemical sector while prioritizing environmental responsibility.

Practical Tips for Exhibitors

Here are four practical tips for exhibitors looking to navigate partnerships with big oil brands while maintaining eco-friendly exhibit designs at OTC 2024. These tips encompass sustainable material choices, energy-efficient lighting solutions, waste reduction strategies, and carbon offsetting initiatives, ensuring a harmonious blend of environmental responsibility and effective brand representation.

  1. Choose Sustainable Materials: Opt for materials that have minimal environmental impact, such as recycled wood, bamboo, or aluminum. Avoid single-use plastics and prioritize reusable or biodegradable options wherever possible.
  2. Energy-Efficient Lighting: Use energy-efficient LED lighting solutions to illuminate your booth. LED lights consume less energy and have a longer lifespan compared to traditional lighting sources, reducing both electricity usage and waste.
  3. Minimize Waste: Implement waste reduction strategies throughout the exhibit design process. This could include offering digital brochures instead of printed materials, providing refillable water stations instead of single-use plastic bottles, and encouraging attendees to recycle any waste generated during the event.
  4. Offset Carbon Footprint: Consider offsetting the carbon footprint of your booth by investing in carbon offset programs or supporting renewable energy initiatives. This demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship and helps mitigate the environmental impact of your presence at the trade show.


If you’re heading to OTC this year, let’s grab a meeting to discuss eco-friendly design solutions, custom exhibits, experiential design – or anything else. Email me ( to arrange times, OTC is right around the corner!


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