Energy Transition

Energy Transition | Environment, Social and Governance

Oil and Gas ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) Fundamentals

Course Code: N540
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Format and Duration:
2 days
4 sessions

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Location: Virtual
Date:  9th - 12th Oct 2023
Start Time: 14:00 BST
Event Code: N540a23V
Fee From: GBP £1,580 (exc. Tax)


Business Impact: In the past few years ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) reporting, management, and compliance has become a significant focus area for oil and gas companies. The rapid evolution of the Energy Transition has been so fast over the past year, that many oil and gas companies are struggling to develop the skill sets to ensure that ESG programmes are a central priority across their business. This course will provide an awareness of ESG issues that will help your organisation to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving market.

The course will highlight the primary ESG risks to oil and gas business and help you to monitor, report and mitigate these risks. As well as highlighting the risks, the course will provide foresight to where ESG value can be created. With access to finance now very much dependent on increasingly stringent ESG criteria, understanding the perspectives and reporting requirements for both lenders and borrowers, is essential. This interactive course brings to life the vantage points of multiple ESG stakeholders. 


Event Code: N540a23V
Sessions: 4 sessions
Instructors: Gary Cranmer, Liane Butcher, William Emtage
Dates: 9th - 12th Oct 2023
Start Time: 14:00 BST
Location: Virtual
Fee From
GBP £1,580 (exc. Tax)
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Duration and Training Method

 This is a classroom or virtual classroom course comprising a mixture of lectures, discussion, case studies, and practical exercises.

Course Overview

Participants will learn to:
  1. Determine the ESG risks to your business.
  2. Understand the ESG value creation opportunities for your business.
  3. View ESG factors from the perspective of multiple stakeholder groups.
  4. Critically assess the value of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) projects to date.
  5. Understand the key ESG frameworks and reporting standards.
  6. Leave with an ‘ESG Top 5 Actions’ list.
Session 1 - Introduction
  • How did we arrive here? 
  • Overview of History of ESG (H&S – HSE – CSR – ESG)
  • What’s Happening now – and why’s it happening so fast (ESG and the Energy transition)
  • Access to finance – What are the Banks looking for? (summary here, detail in Section 3)
  • Examples of Governance Frameworks
  • International Finance Corporation Performance Standards
  • Equator Principles IV
  • UN Principles for Responsible Investment
  • Good International Industry Practice (GIIP)
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Difficult project areas to obtain funding (e.g. Heavy oil projects and anything involving resettlement)
    • Access to insurance
    • Social licence to operate
    • Non-technical risk management
  • Oil and Gas specifics  
    • Peer review: independent, small to medium size operators – who’s doing what?


Session 2 - ESG – what you need to be doing now, what needs to be put in place

  • Strategy development
    • Commitments
    • Policies
    • Reporting standards – dashboard
    • Funding options providing access to finance
    • Growth options – Mergers, Acquisitions and Disposals
    • Portfolio management
  • Operations management
    • Management systems
    • Processes
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Training
    • Programs
    • Procurement & supply chain


Session 3 – I have a project that needs funding – what do I need to do?

  • Overview
    • Obtain a good understanding of the proposed project
    • Identify and assess your HSES risks
    • Mitigate the significant risk
    • Monitor HSES performance
  • Environment
    • Environmental baseline surveys and impact assessments
      • Biodiversity
      • Resource use
      • Waste generation and management
    • Emissions reporting and reduction
    • Environmental case studies
  • Social
    • Social due diligence and impact assessments
      • Gender and Gender-Based Violence and Harassment (GBVH)
      • Child labour and modern slavery
      • Security issues
      • Cultural heritage
      • Human rights
        • Land acquisition and displacement
        • Vulnerable people and discrimination
    • Worker and stakeholder grievance mechanisms
    • CSR programs; short term vanity or legacy value
  • Governance


Session 4 - How to get ahead of the curve – reporting and disclosures

  • Reporting standards and market shapers
    • Oil and Gas Authority (UK)
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures (TCFD)
    • COP 26/Paris Climate Agreement
  • ESG take away actions list
    • ‘ESG Top 5 Actions’ list
  • Course wrap-up and Q&A session

This course is aimed at Oil and Gas professionals and is particularly well suited to subsurface management roles and direct support functions, including Technical Team Leads, Asset Managers, Exploration Managers, Development Managers, Contracts & Procurement Leads, Global Portfolio & Strategy Managers/New Business Development and Technical Chiefs.

Liane Butcher

Liane is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Consultant and works with RPS’ global Technical, Training & Advisory Team. She has recent experience managing a small, local charity in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, working with displaced and refugee communities providing humanitarian support. She worked as CSR Manager for a security company in-country. Since 2010, she has also served as a Trustee for the Friends of the Basrah Museum. The museum has opened during this period, both helping to preserve cultural heritage and serving the local community and wider region.

All of this experience in the field, combined with over 15 years supporting the Oil & Gas industry has led Liane to advise on the creation of long-term, sustainable social value.

Liane achieved a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) in the early stages of her career and has used these marketing skills to develop open, meaningful communications with key stakeholders across her roles.

Affiliations and Accreditation
Harvard Business School - Corporate Social Responsibility
PGDip The Chartered Institute of Marketing - Marketing

Courses Taught
N540: Oil and Gas ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Fundamentals

Gary Cranmer


Dr Cranmer has over 35 years’ involvement with Heath, Safety and Environmental (HSE) management, covering all aspects of HSE management and management consultancy, in both the off shore and onshore energy industry. He’s gained a wide range of experience across a number of disciplines and obtained a detailed working knowledge of the international upstream oil & gas and offshore renewable energy industries. He specialises in HSE management systems, the environmental assessment process, and in the monitoring, audit and review of operations, working world-wide with many operating companies, both multinationals and independents, in a wide range of regulatory environments, throughout the operational lifecycle. He has also been involved in HSE and Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) management programmes at both a corporate and operational level and has liaised with regulators and finance institutions, and managed consultants and contractors in many countries.

Dr Cranmer also advises an international development bank and assess corporate applicants against stringent ESG criteria.

Affiliations and Accreditation

PhD University of Bedfordshire - Marine Benthic Taxonomy
BSc University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Marine Zoology

Courses Taught
N540: Oil and Gas ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Fundamentals

William Emtage

Will has 10 years experience in sustainable investment; advising public and private sector firms as they seek to navigate ESG, Net Zero and TCFD, EU Taxonomy and Article 9 challenges. His focus is on helping clients re-position sustainability from a reactive/defensive, compliance driven exercise into a proactive, scalable, return- generating strategy-monetising adaptation through improved resource-efficiency, the identification of transaction opportunities and use of convergent ESG drivers to ease coordination failure.

By  mapping  where  and  how  ESG  factors  drive  enterprise  value,  Will  helps  clients  embed  revenue- generation within sustainability programmes by transforming cost-sinks into sources of value-creation and competitve advantage. Focal points include ESG due diligence on private equity transactions, renewable energy, real estate and social impact advisory.

He is a respected ESG contributor in public fora, cited variously in the Wall Street Journal, Real Deals magazine, ESG Oracle and others. He presents frequently to executive committees, law firms and investor conferences; addressing salient challenges in corporate sustainability.

Affiliations & Accreditation
Founder - ESG Oracle
Advisor - North East England Climate Coalition (NEECCo)
MA University of Durham - International Relations
BA University of Durham - Theology & Religion

Courses Taught
N540: Oil and Gas ESG [Environmental, Social and Governance] Fundamentals
N546:TCFD [Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures] Oil and Gas Reporting

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