What We Do

The Sustainable Development Technical Section sponsors and encourages initiatives that will help the oil and gas industry accelerate its integration of “sustainability practices” into its operations and decision-making.

It draws on the core strengths of the SPE to achieve this mission: its technical independence and consequent reputation; its convening capacity through conferences, workshops, fora, symposia, webinars and other events; its knowledge sharing capability through these events and enabling library systems like OnePetro and the rich portfolio of publications; its 140 000 plus individual members and their company’s support; the SPE professional staff — to name but the key strengths.

Fernando L. BenalcazarSupported and guided by the SPE staff, the HSSE-SR Technical Discipline and the SPE Board we are currently undertaking the workscopes described below. If you are interested in joining any of these teams please contact the Lead or Point of Contact listed below. You can join to become active or as an observer. 

You can also propose your own initiatives for consideration by the SDTS Board of Directors and where appropriate by the HSSE-SR Technical Director.

2017  Distinguished Lecturer Tour: Fernando L. Benalcazar

If you’d like Fernando to give his lecture at your chapter make sure you contact your local chapter and let them know. Country chapters are responsible for bringing the Distinguished Lecturers to your country.  Ensure you understand the process and don’t miss the opportunity to hear Fernando speak about Sustainable Development in an engaging manner, anchored in his own operational experience, bringing the issues in clear relevance to business reality.

Check out SPE Distinguished Lecturer to stay informed.



Training & Competency

Fit-for-Decision Metrics

Johana L. DunlopLead:
Johana L. Dunlop

Schlumberger
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Lead:
Flora Moon
Expressworks
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Throughout 2013 and 2014 a core team developed the 2-day face-to-face training program entitled The Sustainability Imperative. The program was launched in 2015 in Denver at the NAM HSSE-SR Regional conference. It was run for a second time at the Latin America Regional HSSE-SR Conference. It is available in a 2- and 1-day format and is under further development with a view to wider dissemination.

As of 2017 the Sustainability Imperative will be offered as a 1-day course at all SPE technical events e.g. ATCE, OTC etc.  Details to come in due course.

Flora and a core team are developing a 3D model of sustainability performance indicators that represent O&G company maturity in sustainability as reflected though a history of sustainability reporting; granularity of indicators, and detail of social/socio-economic and socio-environmental measurements.

If you'd like to contribute to this work stream please contact Flora.



Webinars & Events

Citizen Engineer

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Nick Abrahams
Social Risk Strategy
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David SturgessCo-lead:
David Sturgess
Woodside
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Linda BattaloraLead:
Linda Battalora
Colorado School
of Mines
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Michael OxmanCo-lead:
Michael Oxman

Georgia Tech
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Nick and David are currently building out the 2017 Sustainable Development Webinar series – if you would like to offer a webinar or suggest speakers and themes please contact them.

Sustainability panels can also be offered to any SPE event worldwide — please contact either Johana Dunlop, Linda Battalora or Roland Moreau. We maintain a live roster of over 50 speakers across the globe on a range of sustainability themes from inside and outside the industry.

This is a new work track which is in the scoping stage. Linda and Michael would be delighted to receive your ideas, suggestions, expressions of interest in joining the work group.


Collaboration

We view Collaboration as a transversal or enabler stream of activity and so our approach to managing it is to feature it as running monthly Agenda item and to assign committee members to key themes on a strategic basis.

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Internal

Roland MoreauLead:
Roland Moreau
Retired ExxonMobil
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Jonathan MotherwellCo-lead:
Jonathan Motherwell

JTM Consultants
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Linda BattaloraLead:
Linda Battalora
Colorado School
of Mines
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Michael OxmanCo-lead:
Michael Oxman

Georgia Tech
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Roland and Jonathan are currently key contributors to the development of the next Engineering Solutions for Sustainability workshop to be held in Denver, February 2017. This workshop is produced every two to three years by a consortium of engineering societies and is a very exciting venue looking at practical executable solutions to reduce humankind’s burden on natural resources. This coming workshop is focusing on the theme of the Circular Economy.

SDTS is already deeply embedded in the HSSE-SR Technical Community and is currently exploring synergies with other SPE communities such as the SPE Water Technical Section, R&D, CCS, PFC etc

As always ideas and suggestions are welcome.

SDTS Board of Director Member, Nate Teti of Statoil, sits on the SPE Climate Task Force.