CERAWeek 2013

04 March 2013

ERM: The Sustainability Partner at CERAWeek 2013

ERM was for the third year the Sustainability Partner at IHS CERAWeek, the leading gathering of senior energy decision-makers from around world. This event has presentations from over 300 speakers — including senior industry executives, government officials and thought leaders — on the changing energy playing field.

IHS CERAWeek offered insight into emerging themes in global energy – and how markets, geopolitics and technologies are changing the game for producers, consumers and policy-makers.

Economic austerity and regulatory uncertainty further compounds risks as the industry seeks to invest to meet future energy needs. At the same time the global unconventional oil and gas revolution is shifting the global competitive landscape for industrial production and demand. What are challenges and opportunities lie ahead for oil, natural gas, coal, renewables, and nuclear power? What will be the strategic and investment responses?

During this year’s conference ERM’s experts provided thought leadership on a range of issues including the strategies and practicalities in addressing operational excellence, addressing the community impacts affecting your license to operate and the input of energy in the development of Africa.

Read ERM's observations and insights from CERAWeek 2013 (649Kb PDF)

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Why ERM as a Sustainability Partner?

For ERM, sustainability is a commitment to support socio-economic development that meets the requirements of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Through the work that we do, we will be incorporating the lessons we learn and the approaches we develop for the benefit of our clients through our market offerings. This will not only help us protect our planet, its resources and communities, but also help our clients create business value through meeting the challenges of operating more sustainably.

Learn more about sustainability at ERM


Monday March 4

Operational Excellence Summit
with Mark Sobol, Global Head of Sustainability Strategy & Transformation

Experts and delegates shared experiences/ideas as this session discussed how industry front runners are leveraging measurable leadership, management systems expertise and process excellence. The summit was centered around how to:

  • Define Operational Excellence analytics and execute on a supporting information management strategy 
  • Advance decision-making across your organization to enable a culture of Operational Excellence
  • Achieve a sustainable competitive business advantage with Operational Excellence analytics

Wednesday March 6

Insight Breakfast – Africa: Capturing the Economic Benefits of Energy Development
Opening Remarks by Jeremy Soboil, Africa Commercial Director

Energy and economic development are intimately linked. Traditionally, companies and governments have focused on the dimension of employment generated from investments in energy development. Furthermore, investments in value-adding infrastructure – particularly refining, petrochemicals, and other energy-intensive industries – are seen as attractive. More recently, energy as a driver of economic growth has become a focus. This breakfast session presented perspectives from African industry leaders and policymakers on what they perceive to be the appropriate development models to maximize the benefits of resource development to their economies as a whole. Structuring local content and capacity building, financing arrangements, and local market provision of energy and feedstocks will be discussed among other issues

Understanding and Managing Community Impacts of Unconventional Oil and Gas Developments 
with Keryn James, CEO APAC sharing session with Barry Smitherman, Chairman Texas Railroad Commission  and Tanuj Deora (Chair) Director, Energy and Environment IHS

The benefits of the shale gale and tight oil boom come with costs and risks that must be balanced by local and state/provincial authorities.  These issues can be quite complex, and uncertainties and misinformation can make difficult for communities unfamiliar with oil and gas development to effectively and efficiently manage these potential impacts.  Regional variations are often under-appreciated and further complicate how operators are perceived within host communities.  How operators, their employees, and their service providers conduct themselves can often have the biggest impact on whether or not energy resources can be cost effectively developed.

Delegates heard a diverse set of perspectives based on panelists’ experiences as regulators, elected officials, industry representatives, and environmental consultants in order to inform their efforts to constructively engage with community stakeholders.

Highlights from IHS CERAWeek 2013

08 May 2013

Read ERM's observations and insights from CERAWeek 2013, including points raised on shifts in the energy industry and coroprate strategy, the importance of gas in the energy market and changing costs of supply influencing operations.

CERAWeek 2013: On Demand

Watch exclusive interviews with ERM leadership, available thorugh CERA Week On Demand

Shawn Doherty
In this CERAWeek 2013 One on One Interview, ERM's Global Commercial Director Shawn Doherty talks about global investment and logistics specific to capital projects. 

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Keryn James
In this CERAWeek 2013 One on One Interview, ERM's Regional CEO for Asia Pacific Keryn James discusses the challenges and issues of Non-technical Risk. 

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