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ESG in oil and gas

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) for the oil and gas sector

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Oil and especially gas are set to play a continued and substantial part in the energy mix for several decades – but the industry is evolving. It's now vital to ensure operations are run as efficiently as possible from an environmental, social and governance (ESG) perspective.

Oil and gas companies must follow the same ESG principles and regulations as other companies and institutions. However, there are additional concerns and risks that the sector should address for a successful ESG strategy. For a long time, the oil and gas industry has focused primarily on a project's technical, sub-surface and safety risk, which are now easy to identify, measure and take into account during decision-making. ESG has now become equally, if not more important, than technical and sub-surface risks. On the other hand, ESG risks are less well understood, much harder to quantify,  not standardised and becoming more complex due to rapidly changing regulatory and investment frameworks.

Find out about ESG considerations for oil and gas below, and how RPS supports compliance, risk management and finding greater efficiency and value.

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Recent examples

In 2021, a Netherlands court ruled that Shell must cut its CO2 emissions by 45% compared to 2019 levels.

Recently, ExxonMobil lost two board seats to climate activist investors who will increase pressure to implement a low-carbon strategy faster.

At Chevron, 61% of shareholders voted in favour of an activist proposal from the Dutch activist group Follow This to cut carbon emissions.

ESG is having a major impact on financing oil and gas projects

Financiers have responded and addressed their role in the net zero transition with more robust checks and measures of oil and gas projects. They require that international best practice standards for ESG, such as Equator Principles 4  (EP4), are met.

Currently, there are 137 Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs) from 38 countries. These financial institutions now require an assessment of an oil or gas project's potential adverse human rights impacts.

EP4 also enhanced requirements around Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), a specific right that pertains to indigenous peoples and is recognised by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Projects with impacts on lands and natural resources subject to traditional ownership or under the customary use of Indigenous Peoples, requiring relocation of Indigenous Peoples, or significant effects on critical cultural heritage will require a more thorough and independent consultation process.

For projects located anywhere where combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions are greater than 100,000 tons of CO equivalent annually, a Climate Change Risk Assessment that considers relevant transition risks and analyses alternatives with less intense greenhouse gas emissions is now required.

Read more about how ESG factors are influencing finance on oil and gas projects.

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  • Environmental, Social, Health & Safety and Human Rights Impact Assessments
  • Impact Assessment (IA) design and project definition, including compliance assessment against domestic and international ESHSHRIA requirements and best practice
  • Preparation of screening and scoping reports
  • Coordination, peer review and project management of technical consultants (both in-house and external)
  • Stakeholder relationship management, including engagement and consultation plans
  • Environmental and Social Baselines and Monitoring
  • Development of Environmental, Social, Health and Human Rights Management and Monitoring Plans (ESMMP)
  • Expert witness support
  • Environmental Audits
  • Gender Based Assessment and Action Plans
  • Climate change impact analysis and adaptation
  • Resettlement Action Plans
  • Livelihood Restoration Plans
  • Land Access, Acquisition and Compensation Plans
  • Local workforces and training
  • Ecosystem services assessment
  • Environmental flow assessment
  • Critical habitat assessment
  • Biodiversity offset management plans

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