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  • Resource Localism: How Globalisation is Driving Resource Companies to Deliver Sustainable Benefits and Manage Risks Locally

    Resource Localism: How Globalisation is Driving Resource Companies to Deliver Sustainable Benefits and Manage Risks Locally Resource development was once a straightforward process. A geologist would explore for a deposit, prove out the resource, a...

  • The view from above: The critical role of Board oversight for HSE in post-merger integration

    The view from above: The critical role of Board oversight for HSE in post-merger integration Despite the best intentions, boards often wind up overlooking HSE issues in the heat of merger planning. Quite simply, the importance of HSE issues in...

  • Making the link between process safety and sustainability

    By Malcolm Hutton Over the last two decades the Oil &Gas industry has made huge efforts to improve process safety performance. A key driver for this focus has been the large number of major accidents around the world, both onshore and offshore. ...

    Risk Management
    Other important industries
    Manufacturing & Pharmaceutical
    Power
    Mining & Metals
    Oil & Gas
  • “One company compliance” and incorporation of sustainability into environmental compliance management

    “One company compliance” and incorporation of sustainability into environmental compliance management As the upstream oil and gas industry continues to comply with rapidly developing federal and local regulations, several issues emerge as barriers...

    Performance and Assurance
    Oil & Gas
  • Improving business performance and minimizing risk by embedding sustainability considerations into the transaction lifecycle

    During the course of 2012, companies across the globe invested in excess of US$2.2 trillion in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity 1 . As well as putting vast amounts of money and a company’s reputation at stake, considerable management time i...

    Transaction Services
    Corporate Sustainability Strategy
    Other important industries
    Manufacturing & Pharmaceutical
    Power
    Mining & Metals
    Oil & Gas
  • The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) issues new guidelines – what will these mean for business?

    by James Margolis GRI - the story so far Since the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework, introduced its ‘G3’ guidelines for sustainability reporting in 2006...

    Performance and Assurance
    Corporate Sustainability Strategy
    Other important industries
    Manufacturing & Pharmaceutical
    Power
    Mining & Metals
    Oil & Gas
  • A safer environment for offshore oil and gas?

    Twenty five years after the Piper Alpha tragedy, it seems appropriate to reflect on some of the changes that have taken place in the offshore oil and gas sector.  Undoubtedly the period has seen a fundamental shift in the approach to safety.  But...

    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • A Changing Climate for the Extractives Sector

    by Ioannis Chrysostomidis There is no doubt that managing climate change risk presents real opportunities to improve project economics by identifying and mitigating potential risks early in the project design and implementation schedule.  In the...

    Mining & Metals
    Air Quality and Climate Change
  • Managing Environmental and Social Risks in China's Unconventional Gas Sector: Lessons Learned and Application in Future Developments

    by Piers Touzel China has the largest reserves of unconventional gas in the world. Led by Chinese National Oil Companies (NOCs), and with participation from International Oil Companies (IOCs), exploration and appraisal activities for unconventiona...

    Impact Assessment and Planning
    China
    Oil & Gas
  • GHG Inventories: from compliance to performance - the roadmap for corporate responses to climate change

    by Braulio Pikman It is now 15 years since climate change was included on the agendas of the largest corporations on the planet. In the beginning, it was a race to identify mitigation projects that could result in enhanced profits (carbon credits)...

    Other important industries
    Manufacturing & Pharmaceutical
    Power
    Mining & Metals
    Oil & Gas
    Air Quality and Climate Change
  • New emissions trading scheme will impact oil and gas operations in Kazakhstan

    With significant untapped reserves of oil, coal and gas, Kazakhstan has seen considerable growth in extraction and exploration activities in recent years. As of 1 January 2013, oil and gas companies operating in Kazakhstan will be subject to the...

    Kazakhstan
    Oil & Gas
    Air Quality and Climate Change
  • Sustainability: The Path Forward for Arctic and Cold Region Resource Development

    by Mike Smylie and Jeff Leety The Arctic may hold the key to some of the last great undiscovered oil and gas resources on the planet. As just one example, the United States Geological Survey estimates there are 85 trillion cubic feet of...

    Oil & Gas
    Air Quality and Climate Change
  • Industry indicates support for a Safety Case approach in the Gulf of Mexico

    The US National Commission report on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill was issued on 11 January 2011 and contains conclusions and recommendations that will undoubtedly have far reaching implications for the oil and gas industry. The report concludes...

    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • Preparing for the potential implications of events in the Gulf of Mexico

    With the implications of events in the Gulf of Mexico still resonating through the oil and gas industry, offshore operators and their suppliers need to be prepared for the regulatory changes that are currently being proposed. Sweeping changes to t...

    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • Remediation Portfolios: Finding Answers to the Right Questions

    How do you bring final closure to a contamination issue to protect a site’s value and ensure it can be used productively in the future? And how do you approach contamination issues as part of an acquisition deal? As the global economy shows signs ...

    Contaminated Site Management
    Mining & Metals
  • Competing in the New Economy

    Sustainability is reshaping the competitive landscape in every industry and companies able to anticipate changes and innovate early are reaping the benefits of improved operating efficiency, new growth and a stronger license to operate. Based on...

    Corporate Sustainability Strategy
    Other important industries
    Manufacturing & Pharmaceutical
    Power
    Mining & Metals
    Oil & Gas
  • Getting ready for the Mandatory Reporting of GHG Emissions in the United States

    by Ken Weiss The Obama administration’s first serious policy foray into climate change has landed a significant obligation on US industry. From 1 January 2010 some 13,000 facilities - accounting for about 90 percent of industrial greenhouse gases...

    United States
    Air Quality and Climate Change
  • Meeting the challenge of unconventional gas

    It's no surprise that unconventional gas – gas that has been trapped for millions of years in rocks – has come onto the radar of some of the world’s largest resources companies. New technologies such as horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing or...

    Impact Assessment and Planning
    Oil & Gas
  • Keeping oil and gas mega projects moving – grappling with Non Technical Risk

    Project delays cost money. This is evident in all areas of business, no more so than in the oil and gas industry where the global cost of major project delays amounts to billions of dollars every year. Why should this be so? Firstly, the stakes ar...

    Impact Assessment and Planning
    Oil & Gas
  • COP15: More important than media reports suggest

    Most media coverage on the outcome of COP15 in Copenhagen has been very negative.  The ‘Copenhagen Accord’ was only ‘noted’ and not ‘adopted’ by the meeting. No decisions were concluded on the numerous issues covered by the Ad Hoc Working Groups o...

    Air Quality and Climate Change
  • Copenhagen – a new climate for business?

    When the world’s climate negotiators meet in Copenhagen this December they will be working on binding emissions reduction targets, not voluntary targets. In the Kyoto Protocol non-signatories suffer few direct consequences. The challenge for the...

  • Untapped savings: Engaging staff to achieve resource efficiencies

    by Matt Haddon Re-examining cost cutting and efficiency assumptions Many businesses have driven operational improvement programs for years, often using Six Sigma and lean approaches to achieve efficiencies. Yet, substantial savings often remain...

    Corporate Sustainability Strategy
    Other important industries
    Manufacturing & Pharmaceutical
    Power
    Mining & Metals
    Oil & Gas
  • Doing More with Less; Decommissioning in a Downturn

    by John Waters Rushing to Closure Comes at a Cost Many companies are under considerable pressure to quickly reduce their manufacturing capacity. This is due to falling consumer demand, cost reduction drives and the need to maintain cash flows. In...

    Contaminated Site Management
    Manufacturing & Pharmaceutical

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