The ONS Story

This is how it all started and where we are going.

The ONS Foundation is a world-leading, non-profit organisation facilitating discussions and collaboration on energy, technology and innovation. Sustainability is at the core of our business, and we aim to provide information, challenge established practices and promote low carbon solutions. We believe the sustainable energy future is built on the shoulders of the oil and gas industry.

Through our global network of business and society leaders, innovators and politicians, we work to shape and influence the future energy society.Kongebesøk historisk

At the core is the biennial ONS event which was started in 1974 as a key meeting place for the energy industry.
Continuously developing, ONS today represents a series of activities around the world. We believe in working in partnerships with others and as a united industry to create a new energy future.

Our mission
Facilitate: We facilitate world-class discussions to create a sustainable energy future. Our main ONS Conference also showcases and promotes innovative solutions and technology.
Enrich: We connect people, businesses and technology and contribute to accelerate ideas into actions. The ONS Conference aims to boost initiatives and solutions which address the world’s most pressing energy concerns.
Engage: We inspire our network of decision-makers and the energy community to find joint solutions to the world’s energy challenges. Sustainability is at the core of all our operations, from our global events to our office operations.

Our audience
During ONS, our main biennial event, more than 65 000 visitors from around 100 countries gather in Stavanger. ONS assembles high-profile decision-makers as well as global influencers who are engaged in the world’s energy discussions.

The ONS Foundation believes in an informed and sustainable public debate on energy and works to involve the wider public. We communicate and broadcast the majority of our debates, and strive to inform via social media, press coverage and in-house publications.
Who we are
When oil and gas was discovered in the North Sea, the need for a meeting place for the companies in this new industry emerged. ONS was short for Offshore North Sea, as the event was targeted at companies with business in the North Sea basin. Today, the event attracts visitors from all over the world, and is known as just ONS.

For decades the ONS Foundation has developed an international network with representatives from industry, authorities, academia and research institutions. The foundation has several working committees represented by more than 150 leaders from industry and politics. The committees advise and shape the programme and direction of our work.

The ONS Foundation partners with prominent organisations to facilitate global events and network meetings. The goal is to exchange ideas, learn and build relationships between industry, government and society.

The ONS Foundation is a non-profit organisation. We are proud and grateful to be under the patronage of HM King Harald of Norway. The royal patronage encourages us to strive harder to achieve our goal of being an invaluable catalyst within the energy community.

Our values
We are visionaries in terms of the themes we choose, the challenges we address and our goal to influence the energy community. We are attentive to signals from the industry and always have the future in mind.

We care about people, quality and what our customers need. All our operations are of a high, sustainable standard and in compliance with laws and regulations.

We challenge established approaches, introduce innovations and continuously improve our products.