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ERM Insights - Central Europe

  • Wastewater Permitting: how are the EU Industrial Emissions & Water Framework Di-rectives presenting an emerging risk to Germany operators?

    More than five years after its entry into force in January 2011, the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED - an EU directive committing member states to control industrial emissions) has finally been transposed into the national legislations of all ...

    Germany
  • Korea REACH: First Experiences and Lessons Learned

    In line with recent global developments, chemicals management in South Korea is currently undergoing a major overhaul. Following its adoption by the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea in April 2013, the Act on the Registration and Evaluati...

    Germany
  • Changes in ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 standards – what’s new?

    In the face of growing stakeholder expectations organizations are increasingly challenged with how to sustainably incorporate environmental management into their operational processes. The recent adjustments to ISO 14001 and 50001 standards are...

    Germany
  • ERM announces acquisition of Yorkshire-Based JSC International

    ERM is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of JSC International Limited (JSC). JSC is a leading regulatory affairs consultancy based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The team at JSC provide regulatory advisory services to the chemical industr...

    United Kingdom
  • How much is that newt in the window? Ecological risks and opportunities in property and asset management

    by Richard Croft and Les Hatton How much would you expect to pay to protect a great crested newt? The cost is probably a lot higher than you would imagine. Whether part of the ongoing management of operational sites, or as an element of the proper...

    United Kingdom
  • Post-merger integration - a practical perspective

    By William Butterworth Whether EHS leaders work for an acquiring, acquired, or divested business, company transitions are always chaotic events. People, programmes, procedures, and IT systems that were previously understood and relied upon may...

    United Kingdom
    Transaction Services
  • Extending our chemicals offering in the North East

    As one of the leading international providers of environmental, health, safety, risk, social and sustainability consulting services, we are pleased to announce our extended offering to our North East and Yorkshire-based chemicals clients with the...

    United Kingdom
  • Reaching Forward

    The final June 2018 deadline for registration of phase-in substances under the REACH Regulations may not exactly be looming, but as we’re now well into the final lap of this Olympian task, it’s not an inappropriate time to take stock. As a maratho...

    United Kingdom
  • Certification to ISO 50001: an aid to continuing to improve energy use

    Energy is one of the top five operating expenses for most companies, but it is often managed like a fixed cost: total spending is tracked but with little understanding of savings potential or how business decisions will impact energy use elsewhere...

    United Kingdom
  • How are your operations affected by the Industrial Emissions Directive?

    The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) applies to a wide range of industrial installations across the European Union (mainly those covered by the former IPPC Directive) as well as large combustion plants, waste incineration plants, activities...

    United Kingdom
  • Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and the EU

    With the UK’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), gathering momentum as we progress into 2015, many businesses are taking a closer look at the European picture. ESOS is the UK transposition of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive...

    United Kingdom
  • Control of Major Accident Hazards 2015 - what has changed?

    From June 2015 there will be changes to the way major hazard sites are managed in the UK. The Seveso III Directive that was adopted by the European Commission in July 2012 must be implemented by each member state by June 2015. In the UK this is...

    United Kingdom
  • Water Risk Assessment – Operational and Sustainability Performance

    In considering their 2020 sustainability commitments an increasing number of clients are asking ERM to assist them in understanding their exposure to water risk at the same time. The initial linkage comes from the simple fact that, in the develope...

    United Kingdom
  • Process safety - are you giving it the attention it deserves?

    The consequences of getting it wrong can be truly frightening – in recent decades we have seen  devastating toxic gas releases at Bhopal (India) and Seveso (Italy); explosions at Texas City and Waco (USA), Toulouse (France), San Juanico (Mexico) a...

    United Kingdom
  • How do you make your spend on site improvements go further?

    The environmental consequences of major accidents and the connection between failures in process safety systems and environmental damage are getting increased focus under COMAH Regulations.  Whilst there is an obvious link in principle between...

    United Kingdom
  • Complex contaminated site assessments - are you wasting money?

    The management of contaminant issues on large sites with multiple pollutant sources or complex geologies presents a challenge to site owners.  Site investigation is an iterative process with staged investigations and data gathering sometimes takin...

    United Kingdom
  • The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) - are you ready?

    From 31st December this year, if you are a UK registered ‘large enterprise’ with more than 250 employees, or a turnover of more than €50m and a balance sheet exceeding €43m, you are obliged to participate in the new Energy Savings Opportunity Sche...

    United Kingdom
  • Background Fluorescence Analysis - Understand preferential ground water flow paths

    To assume that groundwater flows downhill is misleading A common hydrogeologic misconception made by engineers and scientist is that: Groundwater moves through an aquifer homogeneously and isotropically. Unfortunately, this statement in reality is...

    Germany
  • Outsourcing of business processes in Health & Safety and Environmental Management

    It is becoming common place for international companies to outsource specific elements of Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) management. However the types of outsourced function tend to be focused more on the operative side rather than strategic...

    Germany
  • The Challenge of NORM for the Oil and Gas Industry

    Management of NORM has become a rising issue to stakeholders and regulators. ERM has expertise at all stages of the management of NORM to assist in resolving these issues and to identify sustainable solutions for the Oil and Gas industry. What is...

    Germany
  • Using High Resolution Satellite Data for Environmental Studies

    The use of high resolution satellite data can be invaluable in assessing environmental impacts, risks and liabilities. It is particularly helpful when site access is restricted, when the area of interest is large or when the assessment requires...

    Germany
  • Effective barrier management – a key component of sustainable process safety performance

    By W Ian Hamilton and Dr Martyn Ramsden The previous issue of Platform carried an article on the link between process safety and sustainability in the oil and gas industry.  It was argued that process safety management (PSM) should take a more...

    Risk Management
  • Improving safety behavior – an African perspective

    By Gary McFadden and Martyn Ramsden How do you improve process safety behavior in order to reduce the risk of a major incident?  This was a question we sought to answer as part of an ERM presentation at the recent SPE conference and exhibition in...

    Risk Management
  • Reviewing offshore fire and blast protection

    By Kevin Kinsella The regular assessment and review of fire and blast protection is a critical activity for offshore operators. It can have far reaching implications for the continued operation and integrity of the asset. Fully understanding the...

    Risk Management
  • Managing risk via the web

    By Stephen Shaw Getting the right risk management information to the right people at the right time is difficult. Keeping that information current can be a further challenge for oil and gas operators and their contractors. Information distribution...

    Risk Management
  • Defining Human Factors

    A recent ERM webinar raised questions about how to quantify and integrate Human Factors, reports Charles Schalkwyk. New process safety regulations are encouraging oil and gas operators to adopt a more systematic approach to Human Factors (HF). Thi...

    Risk Management
  • US regulator highlights risk-based approach

    by Stephen Shaw Risk management featured strongly at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held in May in Houston, Texas, indicating its growing importance among the US regulatory community. As part of his keynote address at the event, the US...

    Risk Management
  • The Process Safety Dashboard

    by Richard Rowe and Peter Franke ERM’s Risk Management and Information Solutions specialists have been reviewing prototype options for a new Process Safety Dashboard. This work is based on the Oil & Gas sector’s interest in a sophisticated, high...

    Risk Management
  • Quantifying the risks of hydraulic fracturing

    by Alexander Cox Hydraulic fracturing continues to be a newsworthy topic in different parts of the world. Aside from what they see in the media, stakeholders require robust information in order to assess the risks and opportunities that may arise...

    Risk Management
  • Managing Asset Integrity

    As the lifespan of offshore assets continues to extend, a growing number of operators are looking at a targeted, risk-based inspection regime from the start of their operation. In the interview below, Richard Rowe, a Risk Management Partner at ERM...

    Risk Management
  • Brunei regulator puts Human Factors in the spotlight

    By Charles Schalkwyk The inclusion of Human Factors as part of the new Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations in Brunei could bring about a step change in safety management for a number of oil and gas companies in the country. The...

    Risk Management
  • Aberdeen delegates are updated on the EU Offshore Safety Directive

    James Davies unpicks some of the issues More than 180 oil and gas industry delegates gathered in Aberdeen recently for an update of the implications of the EU’s Offshore Safety Directive for operators in the UK North Sea. The message from the...

    Risk Management
  • ERM showcases risk management and other services in Nairobi

    Risk management, process safety and human factors will be among the topics featured at this year’s SPE Africa Summit, which takes place in Nairobi, Kenya on 10-12 June. ERM is a Gold Sponsor at the event, the SPE African Health, Safety, Security,...

    Risk Management
  • Making process safety risk assessment part of the transaction process

    By Richard Rowe and Linda Zwick   The recent news that Shell expects to sell a further US$15 billion-worth of upstream and downstream assets will have raised the intense interest of other O&G companies  and their advisers in different parts of the...

    Risk Management
  • What’s the case for a US version of the safety case?

    By Stephen Shaw What’s the case for a risk-based approach to process safety in the US? Arguably a strong one and getting stronger, given the rising cost of major accidents. Oil and gas companies, not to mention the relevant regulatory authorities,...

    Risk Management
  • Risk papers at SPE Long Beach event

    Consultants from ERM’s risk business will present three papers at this year’s SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment which takes place in Long Beach, California from the 17-19 March and includes ERM as a Gold Sponsor. The...

    Risk Management
  • A QRA approach to pipeline failure

    The next generation of oil and gas pipelines must be robust, cost effective and fit for purpose. Failure is not an option. Given the challenge facing a number of ERM clients in this area, there was considerable interest in a paper presented by Gle...

    Risk Management
  • Delegates seek clarity at Atlantic Ireland 2013

    By Walter Bruton and David Ruddock There is a real sense of interest and momentum developing around exploration opportunities in the Irish Offshore. This was evident at the 4th Annual Atlantic Ireland Conference in Dublin towards the end of 2013, ...

    Risk Management
  • Better by design

    Human error is the cause of most major accidents. This was one of the central messages to come out of a presentation by Ian Hamilton, ERM’s Global Human Factors Lead Partner, who spoke recently at the Energy Institute Human Factors Application in...

    Risk Management
  • Rising environmental concerns point to a more integrated approach to offshore safety

    By Kevin Kinsella and Rob Steer The cost of clean-up in relation to the Deepwater Horizon incident is undoubtedly bringing about a shift in thinking around offshore risk management. While keeping people safe and reducing the risk of accidents...

    Risk Management
  • Ten rules for smart bowtie analysis

    By Martyn Ramsden In the complex world of industrial safety, a “smart bowtie” has nothing to do with dressing for dinner. Stemming as it does from risk assessment and safety case work in the 1980s by the oil and gas industry, the bowtie approach i...

    Risk Management
  • Managing ageing assets

    A forward thinking review of safety and environmental measures can play its part in extending the life of ageing assets. By Kevin Kinsella and Jye Yng Voon According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) , around 70% of the world’s oil is...

  • EU Offshore Safety Directive indicates a more integrated approach

    Operators of offshore oil and gas installations in European waters will be expected to take a more proactive, preventative approach to the control of major accident hazards following the introduction of the EU Offshore Safety Directive on 12 June...

    Risk Management