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Over the past year, the concepts of ‘unburnable carbon’, ‘stranded assets’ and a ‘carbon bubble’ have been promoted by a number of groups, gaining the attention of investors, academics and the media. This fact sheet explores some of the assumptions involved in these concepts and puts them into the wider perspective of the energy system, recognizing the importance that oil and gas bring to modern living standards, economic growth and societal advancement. It also demonstrates how oil and gas companies acknowledge the risks posed by climate change and how they actively manage these risks.
This new Operating Management System Framework is designed to help companies define and achieve performance goals and stakeholder benefits, while managing the broad and significant range of risks inherent in the oil and gas industry. “Operating” applies to every type of upstream or downstream company activity, from construction to decommissioning, throughout the entire value chain and lifecycle of the business and its products. The Framework offers an integrated approach and the flexibility to address some or all of a wide range of risks, impacts or threats related to occupational health and safety; environmental and social responsibility; process safety, quality and security. The degree of integration and the scope of an OMS will be determined by individual companies and will differ depending on their activities, organisational structure and management system maturity.
IPIECA has published the report of its 40th Anniversary conference held in London on 3 April 2014. In addition to charting and celebrating IPIECA’s history and achievements since 1974, the report highlights the conference’s focus on identifying what more IPIECA can do to support the industry in meeting society’s current and future expectations for environmental and social performance. With over 200 participants from more than 70 global organizations, and a wide range of high level speakers and panelists, the conference demonstrated both the convening power of IPIECA, and the breadth and depth of its partnerships and stakeholder relationships. The report details the inputs and outputs from panel-led discussions on the challenges relating to climate change, the environment and social responsibility. Insights are shared from a wide range of industry speakers, as well as those representing external organisations including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Resources Institute, the United Nations Environment Programme, Oxford University, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme.
The Human Rights Training Tool (3rd edition) enables oil and gas companies to develop a better understanding of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and key human rights issues relevant for the industry. It reinforces company expectations and requirements related to human rights and introduces resources to help manage potential human rights issues. This edition also includes a dedicated module on labour issues, covering freedom of association and collective bargaining, child labour, forced labour, human trafficking, and elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. Additionally, it covers key considerations when engaging with suppliers on human rights and labour commitments.
This report focuses on identifying capabilities and gaps associated with surveillance monitoring from aircraft, covering both surveillance platforms and sensors. The report then conducts an assessment of the capabilities of the technology for OSR and provides findings for enhanced use of the technology by the industry. The report is complementary to a similar report assessing surveillance capabilities of satellite sensors and platforms for oil spill response. Together, these reports cover remote sensing technologies and platforms for oil spill response, and these are linked to recommendations from the American Petroleum Institute (API) in their assessment of remote sensing for oil spill response.
Providing an overview of good practices and strategies, this practical document explores a range of key mercury management issues encompassing environmental controls, worker health and safety, process safety, product safety, waste management, and product stewardship.
This toolbox enables oil and gas companies to create, implement and raise awareness of Community Grievance Mechanisms (CGMs). Wherever oil and gas companies do business, engaging with affected communities and responding to their concerns is essential to operating successfully whilst ensuring respect for human rights. Processes that allow concerns to be raised and remedied—also known CGMs—are an important method of achieving this aim. The IPIECA CGM toolbox is based on the operational experiences of IPIECA member companies and is relevant for both companies who have existing CGM processes and those seeking to establish a CGM. More broadly, this toolbox encourages the implementation of the Access to Remedy pillar outlined in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
In the event of a major incident, neighbouring companies may be asked to provide responders, oil spill response equipment and associated materials, either individually or as part of a mutual aid programme. In general, mutual aid plans are written to encompass the possibility that responders can move freely from unaffected to affected member companies in times of crisis management. Properly designed and executed, the arrangements should, at a minimum, provide assistance to the receiving company without compromising the protection of the individual or the donating company. It is accepted that arrangements will vary from country to country and region to region, and that local cultural factors will play a part in the exact arrangements that are put in place, however it is considered valuable to have a set of templates and guidelines that could be used to develop local arrangements and agreements. With the assistance of law firm CMS Cameron McKenna, and under the supervision of the OGP Legal Committee, a generic template on responder indemnification has been developed along with a template “Emergency Personnel Secondment Agreement” to assist in the drafting of local agreements.
This report provides an assessment of satellite surveillance for oil spill response and focuses on identifying capabilities and gaps associated with surveillance monitoring from satellites. The report focuses on the surveillance capabilities of satellites, considering both the intrinsic capabilities and the practical and operational capabilities of sensors and relevant platforms for oil spill response. This report is linked to many of the recommendations from the API in their assessment of remote sensing for oil spill response. The API report provides recommendations in terms of how remote sensing is integrated into the overall OSR activity; how to involve remote sensing using a 5 step process in terms of teaming, key individual roles and links to specific applications within OSR, and how to select the most appropriate remote sensing technologies and platforms via an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. This report does not address issues related to teaming and application to the broader OSR activity; instead, it focuses on some of the practical issues associated with satellite data availability. There is some overlap between the two reports in terms of providing information on intrinsic sensor capabilities, but the results of the two assessments are consistent. This report is therefore complementary to the API report on Remote Sensing in Support of Oil Spill Response.