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At sea containment and recovery is the controlled encounter and collection of oil from the water’s surface. Equipment is used to corral and concentrate the spilled oil (using floating barriers or booms) on the sea surface into a suitable surface thickness, allowing for mechanical removal. This document explains how effective containment and recovery can reduce the impact to on-water sensitivities such as seabirds, fish and mammals; reduce the impact on shoreline sensitivities by removing floating oil at sea; reduce the complexity and duration of a shoreline response, and reduce the volume of waste generated by a response. The document explores the reasons why at-sea containment and recovery sometimes fails, and the circumstances under which it can and cannot be considered.
This customized version of the WBCSD Global Water Tool has been developed by IPIECA in collaboration with WBCSD and led by CH2M HILL. The updated, Version II tool provides enhanced functionality and new data sets enabling a thorough assessment of potential global water risks across a global portfolio of sites considering the entire oil and gas value chain. The tool will allow oil and gas companies to map their water use and assess risks for their overall global portfolio of sites considering each part of the oil and gas value chain. The tool will allow users to consider factors such as what percentage of its production volume is in water-scarce areas, how many refineries are in water-scarce areas and at greatest risks, as well as how many sites are in countries that lack access to improved water sanitation.
Despite the best efforts of those involved in a response, a release of oil has the potential to affect property and impair commercial activity, resulting in economic loss. This document considers the effects of oil on the fisheries and tourism sectors, as well as other commercial activities, and identifies the sources of money that may be available to compensate for such damages. The legislation and compensation schemes that enable payments are explained, and the methods by which the various types of economic damage can be quantified and calculated under the schemes and the procedures necessary for submitting claims for losses are outlined, including claims for the costs of a response, as well as for property damage and for economic loss.
The Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI) guide provides practical guidance, innovative approaches and examples to support operationalizing the mitigation hierarchy effectively. It clearly defines the four steps of the mitigation hierarchy—avoid, minimize, restore and offset—and their application with regard to managing biodiversity throughout the life cycle of an extractive project; provides clear, systematic guidance for determining and demonstrating biodiversity loss or gain as a result of mitigation efforts, highlighting links to ecosystem services where available and appropriate; offers practical measures for predicting and verifying biodiversity conservation outcomes over time; and offers insight into documenting and comparing costs and savings resulting from mitigation action or inaction. It is aimed at environmental professionals working in, or with, extractive industries and financial institutions who are responsible for overseeing the application of the mitigation hierarchy to biodiversity conservation, while balancing conservation needs with development priorities.
Sustainability reporting is an important way for companies in the oil and gas sector to engage with stakeholders and help foster informed dialogue and understanding. This Guidance is a reference tool aimed at helping company sustainability managers, communications professionals and environmental, health and safety or socio-economic specialists to develop corporate level reporting for internal and external stakeholder audiences. It can be used to report performance to different audiences in different ways—for activities in a single country, for large projects or for a single operation. The Guidance covers a range of sustainability issues relevant to the oil and gas industry, based on industry consensus, together with input from an independent panel of stakeholders with expertise in the sector and sustainability reporting. It is applicable across the entire spectrum of the oil and gas industry’s activities, from extraction and transformation of natural resources to supply of energy and other essential products to customers globally. The Guidance provides two types of assistance by helping companies decide: ‘how’ to report, by describing a process for reporting; and ‘what’ to report, by providing options for developing the content of the report Download the guidance The reporting fact sheet The fact sheet provides a brief overview of the IPIECA, API and IOGP Oil and gas industry guidance on voluntary sustainability reporting, and how it can help companies; outlining the benefits of sustainability reporting, and highlighting the content of a typical oil and gas industry sustainability report. Download the reporting fact sheet
This document addresses Finding 9 of the OGP Global Industry Response Group (GIRG) report which recommended that industry conduct an assessment of potential exposure based on current Tier 2, Tier 3 and commercial response bases to help inform the potential location of any additional resources required. This finding was modified during the course of the project to include consideration of the resource in the context of a revised philosophy on tiered preparedness and response and the development of a tool for external assessment or self-assessment of the organization and capability of individual oil spill response organizations (OSROs).
The document has been prepared for the Multilateral Financing Institutions Biodiversity Working Group and the Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI), it provides guidance for corporations, lenders, regulators, and others involved in conducting Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs). It summarizes “good practices” for biodiversity baseline studies that support biodiversity-inclusive impact assessment and management planning in ESIAs.
Volunteer assistance can prove to be a useful resource for spill response activities, and can provide quick access to a large number of people who often possess useful local knowledge, however Inadequate planning for, and management of, volunteers can lead to adverse public and political relations. This document highlights considerations for good practice that relate to volunteer engagement, coordination and management and presents two case studies: the MV Rena oil spill off the coast of Tauranga in New Zealand, and the MV Cosco Busan spill in San Francisco Bay in the United States of America.
In 2008, the joint Health Committee of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) and IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, published OGP Report No. 393, Health Performance Indicators - A guide for the oil and gas industry. Content from that report was used to develop two tools that can be used to assess health leading performance indicators within individual companies, and to compare performance between different parts of a company and between participating companies. Both tools were used in 2014 to gauge health performance between participating IOGP and IPIECA Member companies. The results are published in this report (No. 2014h). The data represent 26 companies, all of which provided data for both tools. In addition to the 2014 data submission, the 2013 data submission is presented for the gap analysis tool, by statement score, as a comparison to the 2014 data. Percentage tool results for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 are shown to allow comparison with 2014 results.
While a significant amount of attention surrounding climate change has focused on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, there is growing interest in the role of methane (CH4) and other short-lived climate forcers. In June 2015, IPIECA published their fact sheet on ‘Exploring Methane Emissions’, which considers methane emissions and their wider implications, and explores the associated challenges, opportunities and continuing efforts within the oil and gas sector to address them.