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Murphy H.,IPIECA
Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE E and P Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Conference - Americas 2015 | Year: 2015

The oil and gas sector continues to provide essential energy supply for society's economic development. Managing sustainability impacts associated with producing these fuels and other energy products is an important responsibility. This includes addressing the challenges associated with climate change, and operating in remote and sensitive areas of the world. An important practice is sustainability reporting. Clear and consistent reporting helps companies create a solid platform for productive engagement and performance improvement. For oil and gas companies, sustainability reporting provides a platform for describing how strategic issues-such as climate change and energy-are being addressed through long-term plans and current initiatives. As well as building external trust and confidence in a company, the process of reporting involving stakeholder engagement, data collection, analysis, communication and results can provide extensive opportunities for performance improvements. The gathering and analyses of performance data and information can highlight areas of weakness that require management attention on an ongoing basis. The process of measuring and tracking procedures to collect data enable in-depth analysis of company performance and can be used as a decision making tool. Organizational strategy and policy can be adjusted on the basis of results to improve performance. Ultimately sustainability reporting can lead to a status quo of continual improvement and better data management, which can improve business performance, operational efficiency and lead to cost savings. This paper will explore the various ways in which companies can improve HSE performance from the benefits provided by sustainability reporting which can include: - enhanced business value as investor confidence grows in response to evidence that the company is managing important risks and positioning itself to take advantage of emerging opportunities; - improved operations as employees develop a deeper understanding of a company's sustainability values, and performance indicators provide insight to support continuous improvement; - strengthened relationships as local community leaders, civil society representatives, government officials and regulators, and other key stakeholders learn how the company responsibly manages sustainability issues; and - enhanced trust and credibility as customers, suppliers and the wider society understand the company's brand, operations and products. Copyright 2015, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Murphy H.,IPIECA
Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE European HSE Conference and Exhibition 2013: Health, Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility in the Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Industry | Year: 2013

Sustainability reporting is both a responsible and expected method for companies to communicate publicly on their environmental and social performance. The oil and gas industry has achieved many notable successes in the field of sustainability but challenges remain and it is becoming increasingly important for individual companies to tell their own stories in a clear, transparent, and straightforward manner. For oil and gas companies, reporting can provide a robust platform for describing how strategic issues are being addressed through long-term plans and current initiatives. Stakeholders can find details of a company's high level vision and strategy for dealing with sustainability-related impacts, implementing action plans and assessing outcomes. Sustainability reporting within the oil and gas industry has evolved significantly over the past ten years with increasing numbers of companies producing reports, and these reports then being presented in ever more dynamic ways. There is an increasing focus on reporting as a critical engagement process with company stakeholders as well as employees, and organisations are now reporting on many more indicators than in the past, particularly regarding social and economic issues. As a result, the sustainability reporting landscape is continuously evolving as companies find new ways to report on the ways in which they conduct their operations. This paper will examine best practices in the oil and gas industry's reporting on sustainability and will discuss the following aspects in more detail: Industry reporting frameworks Reporting challenges Emerging trends in reporting. Copyright 2013, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Proceedings - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition | Year: 2014

In 2015 IPIECA, API and OGP will publish the third update of the Oil and gas industry guidelines on voluntary sustainability reporting. Originally published in 2005, with the second edition released in 2010, this guidance document is the principal industry-specific framework for use by oil and gas companies reporting on environmental, health and safety, and social and economic performance. Since 2002, when the development process began, IPIECA, API and OGP have drawn on the very best technical expertise from within the industry to bring precision to indicator definitions and sustainability reporting protocols. This facilitates benchmarking and aggregation of data, enabling greater consistency with the aim of driving performance improvement across the industry. Now, IPIECA, API and OGP are working on a third update which will revise some of the technical indicators for use in reporting sustainability performance. Industry reporting is continuously progressing and issue areas are not all at the same level of maturity or developing at the same pace. Indicators can evolve based on technical and/or industry developments, and alignment with external reporting frameworks as well as company needs and stakeholder interests. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) produce the most widely used global cross-sector framework for sustainability reports and in 2013 released the fourth version of their guidelines. The updated framework contained a number of disclosures that have a low value-to-cost ratio for oil and gas companies to report against, particularly those related to remuneration and supply chain. Given these developments, it is essential to ensure that the Guidance continues to provide a robust framework for companies in the sector to guide the structure and content of their reports, particularly for new reporting organizations. The 2015 edition will encompass a number of technical updates including: providing more detailed guidance on Scope 2 and Scope 3 reporting of greenhouse gas emissions maturing of specific elements (the Guidance contains three levels of elements: Common Reporting Elements that are well established; Supplemental Reporting Elements that enable greater depth of reporting; and Other Reporting Elements that are less established but emerging.) update of indicators E6: Freshwater and E9: Discharges to water in light of current industry practices and external developments possible addition of an indicator on decommissioning This paper will outline the drivers for maintaining this industry guidance document, the update process undertaken and detail the specific technical updates to the 2015 edition. Copyright © 2014, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Nicoll A.,Oil Spill Response Ltd | Cox R.,IPIECA
Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility | Year: 2016

Following the Montara (2009) and Macondo (2010) oil spill incidents, the international oil industry has undertaken an unprecedented collective effort to apply the lessons from these and other oil spill incidents to improve the management and technical aspects of oil spill response. Over the last three years the IOGP/IPIECA Joint Industry Project (JIP) on Oil Spill Response has overseen 19 specific projects to enhance knowledge and understanding of good practice across a wide range of related technical disciplines. The legacy of this effort includes a comprehensive library of peer reviewed outputs ranging from scan/glance technical overview products through the broad suite of 24 Good Practice Guides, and also includes a number of deep study-level technical papers and reports. The challenge today is to inculcate this vast body of technical guidance into the awareness of decision makers through a coordinated programme of communication and outreach. The overarching aim is to raise levels of knowledge and understanding relating to the tools and techniques of oil spill response amongst opinion formers and decision-makers. In so doing, industry can overcome barriers that currently restrict/prevent access to use all available response tools, based on a scientific assessment of the most appropriate response strategies. Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) is working with industry on initiatives designed to socialise these outputs within a broad range of stakeholders. Key steps on this journey include: Stakeholder Mapping: understanding the organisations where exposure to the new suite of technical outputs will offer the greatest strategic reward. OSRL has analysed a wide range of stakeholder organisations and rated them according to their respective influence to differentiate organisations that only require a passive awareness from those where coordinated engagement offers the greatest opportunity to influence decision makers. Influence Multipliers: Seeding knowledge and understanding from within, through expanding the network of technical experts and advocates from within Oil Spill Response Organisations (OSROs) and other aligned organisations in the responder community. This strategy can also be used by member oil companies of OSRL and the JIP to reach deeper into these organisations to where oil spill response is not a core discipline. Leverage existing forums: Ensure the JIP outputs are firmly embedded in the activities of the IMO/IPIECA Global Initiative (GI) and also make more effective use of national and regional oil industry associations and other response community networks to give appropriate exposure to the JIP outputs. This paper will discuss each of these ongoing initiatives and will highlight the successes that have been achieved and the challenges that remain. Copyright 2016, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility | Year: 2016

Several recent developments within the regulatory and project finance realms have converged to create strong drivers for improving project biodiversity baseline assessment and monitoring in the oil and gas industry. Along with these drivers, enhanced guidance and approaches have emerged which support more robust and replicable biodiversity baselines, in order to inform decision-making in application of the mitigation hierarchy and long-term project monitoring. A number of industry guidance documents that have been developed over the last decade focused on enhancing the sector?s approach to biodiversity baseline assessment and monitoring. One recent example is the guidance Good Practices for the Collection of Biodiversity Baseline Data prepared by the Multilateral Financing Institutions Biodiversity Working Group and the Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI); this guide "summarizes 'good practices? for biodiversity baseline studies that support biodiversity-inclusive impact assessment and management planning" (Gullison et al 2015). In addition, Conservation International (CI) and partners have developed detailed protocols for strengthened biodiversity baseline assessment and monitoring, namely through the Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) and Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) approaches. CI?s RAP program recently published the first handbook on standardized rapid biological field assessment for 12 taxonomic groups. TEAM offers standardized methods for the collection of biodiversity data from passive sensors that can be deployed easily and effectively by small field teams, covering hundreds of square kilometers. Standardized TEAM site monitoring protocols are used at 17 field stations around the world. Leveraging recent guidance and approaches can provide a greater level of assurance in biodiversity baseline assessment via enhanced data collection and subsequent monitoring to meet emerging stakeholder expectations from governments, financial lenders and industry, ideally saving time and money over the life of a project. Copyright 2016, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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