SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility

11 - 13 April 2016

The International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility (HSSE–SR) is the oil & gas industry’s premier global event highlighting best practices and challenges. In 2016, this biennial conference celebrates 25 years of bringing together experts from all over the world to share new ideas, process improvements, technological advancements, and innovative applications to enhance HSE performance.

The 25th anniversary of the HSSE-SR conference and exhibition will convene in Stavanger, Norway, a major hub for the oil and gas industry, as well as a city at the forefront of sustainable development. This year’s conference will focus on the need for collaboration and—in light of the current global climate—the imperative to maximize HSE programs and help achieve the needs of shareholders and stakeholders alike.

Themed ‘Sustaining Our Future Through Innovation and Collaboration,’ this biennial conference welcomes to Stavanger more than 1200 health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility leaders and professionals, working in and beyond the oil and gas sector.

Learn more about the SPE International Conference on Health, Safety, and the Environment

Operating in the new normal of oil and gas

The world is in a very different place to where it was in the short two years since the last SPE International Conference in Long Beach. We all face a series of megatrends such as the increased population demands and the pressures these apply. Of these megatrends, Post COP21, we have seen a fundamental shift in the global response to climate change. This, plus the economic and geopolitical headwinds we face have combined to create a far more complex operating environment.

In addition to this has been the latest – and in some ways deepest – of oil shocks, which has had a profound impact on the sector. This has manifested itself in many ways, most noticeably major impacts on both CAPEX and OPEX spend in the sector. The result has been the cancellation and deferment of major capital projects and significant workforce reductions both in terms of ‘direct’ staff and 3rd party contractors. With low oil prices forecast to remain for at least the short to medium term, this situation may be considered to represent the “new normal”.

HSSE and related functions have not remained immune to such cuts. However even at such times companies still need to sustain HSSE performance and risk management, and indeed to a significant degree the current megatrends add new challenges to be addressed, particularly with respect to sustainability-related matters such as the need to address the potential impact of climate change and the ever-increasing complexity surrounding social and community issues.

ERM has worked with many of our key oil & gas clients on how best to deliver the desired business outcomes in a safe and sustainable manner. It is important that such an approach must be underpinned by a good understanding of the organization’s current risk profile and risk appetite. The aim then is to ensure that the resource levels and HSE management system are appropriate and proportionate to the prevailing level of risk. To achieve this, which
ERM has termed “Doing Less with Less”, we have developed a 3 stage ‘filter’ process: Stop, Prioritize and Simplify, Streamline & Standardize:

  • Stop - The aim here is to identify any activities/spend that can be stopped without increasing the residual risk
  • Prioritize - At this stage the aim is to differentiate between those activities that are ‘needed’ vs those that are ‘nice to have’ in the current climate on the basis that those that are ‘nice to have’ can be deferred – again without an increase in risk
  • Simply, Streamline and Standardize - All of the activities that reach this stage are deemed to be necessary in order to deliver the desired outcomes. As such, the question is “is there a better (more efficient and cost-effective) way of achieving these outcomes?”

ERM has experience is assisting our oil and gas clients manage this process, and also in developing tools and mechanisms to Simplify, Streamline and Standardise. As an example, two of the presentations ERM is giving at the conference are related to tools and procedures to improve standardization.

ERM at the conference

Tuesday 12 April, 2016

  • 11:00 am: Exploration Impact Assessment Toolkit: Maximizing Efficiency through Standardization to Deliver Robust Impact Assessments - Shana Westfall

Wednesday 13 April, 2016

  • 1:00 pm: Safer Together- Driving A Safety Culture Change In A Challenging Environment - Annette Nienhaus, ERM / OMV Petrom

  • 3:00 pm: Critical Issues Analysis: Lifecycle Approach for Optimized Execution of Capital Projects - Betsy Green, Robert Woolson

  • 3:00 pm: How Free, Prior and Informed Consent In Mexico Will Make or Break the Burgeoning Hydrocarbon Sector - Josh Lashway, Fiona Athie, Karin Nunan, Isolina Sanchez, Vicky Copema


Stavanger Forum
Stavanger, Norway

Less with Less: HSE Resource Strategies in a Cost Constrained World

08 April 2016

Read about HSE Resource Strategies in a Cost Constrained World in ERM's paper Less with Less

ERM at the Conference

Trey Shaffer
Executive Committee Co-Chair

Tom Woollard
Sustainability Committee

Steve Laking
Environmental, Co-chair