TOPICS OF INTEREST
UN Cautions Countries Eyeing Shale Development
A new report on shale gas from UNCTAD addresses the balance between providing affordable energy to developing countries and the agency’s climate change goals.
Social Performance Indicators Evolve in Update to Sustainability Reporting Guide
The Oil & Gas Industry Guidance on Voluntary Sustainability Reporting acts as a framework for improving the quality and consistency of voluntary sustainability reporting. This paper discusses the most recent update to the guide, and offers an overview of the discussed social performance indicators.
Stanford/EDF Launch Mobile Monitoring Challenge With ExxonMobil as a Tech Adviser
The Stanford University and Environmental Defense Fund launched a challenge for mobile methane leak monitoring technology. ExxonMobil will serve as a technical adviser.
Benefits Outweigh Challenges of Boosting Water Infrastructure
Michael Dunkel, vice president for CH2M, believes water management for upstream will transform over the next few years. Effective water management is only possible with water infrastructure and there are many benefits for all the stakeholders to building the infrastructure.
Symposium Examines Shifting Toward a Circular Economy
What is circular economy? A recent multisector symposium on sustainability explored the role of circular economy in bringing about a sustainable future.
Community Engagement Key to Public Perception of Industry
The oil and gas industry must learn to engage with local citizens better if it is to build upon its social license to operate. A joint PFC/HSE luncheon during ATCE addressed this topic.
Managing Nontechnical Risk in Offshore Projects
Nontechnical risks, primarily around HSE or social responsibility, increasingly pose risks to project timelines. To manage these risks, companies are seeking systems that can ensure quality performance in these operational areas.
Public Perception is Vital to Success of Oil and Gas Industry Operations
Public perception is one of the most important variables in determining the success of oil and gas operations, and companies must do more to help shape this perception.
Poetry at Work: An Engineer’s Passion for Safety Inspires Industry
In the August Oil and Gas Facilities, I wrote about the inherency of poetry in our work and how it helps define who we are. In this issue, I share a remarkable example of poetry at work in the mind and heart of an engineer and how it resonated with people and helped to change an industry.
Case Study: Repsol Shows the Way To Conserve Ecuador’s Amazon
The United States shale boom brought the issue of social license to operate (SLO) to the forefront.
Industry Shows Growing Concern for Sustainable Operations
The growing attention on sustainable development has prompted many oil and gas companies to take a hard look at their operations and to build a framework for making them more socially responsible.
A Social License to Operate in the 21st Century: Overcoming the Clash of Two Cultures
Energy development projects that affect local communities frequently face opposition. This article describes an approach to dealing with local communities that has proved effective.
Barriers to Engagement: Why It Is Time for Oil and Gas to Get Serious About Public Communication
The challenges the industry faces are not only or even primarily technical—they have to do with how the industry sees and communicates with the public, and with demands from the public to have a voice in decision making. This article explores the barriers to engaging with the public.
Engaging with NGOs: Potential for Adding Value?
Expectations have continued to rise over recent years regarding how oil and gas projects and facilities analyze, manage, and communicate about their social and environmental performance. NGOs are among the most interested and active stakeholders, and increasingly they expect to be engaged.
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