In this paper, we will report on the development of an environmental case approach for GDF SUEZ E&P UK.
As one of the now adopted recommendations of the Maitland report following the Deepwater Horizon disaster, OGUK is taking forward its Environmental Assurance Plan concept. In support of this, GDF SUEZ E&P UK commissioned Xodus to develop a number of environmental management plans for its Cygnus Field Development that could reduce the administrative burden, ensure compliance and enhance internal and external dialogue about the management of environmental issues.
The resulting E-cases are central to the company's environmental management system, bridge the gap between operational objectives and stakeholder expectations and provide an audit trail between these high level objectives and individual tasks and responsibilities as depicted in the figure below.
The E-cases mirror the intent of Lord Cullen's Safety Case approach in that they offer a way to maximise the benefits of both prescriptive and goal setting regulation. They do this by creating a platform for open dialogue about these important issues, and achieve full integration of environmental management into the operation and maintenance of offshore E&P operations. The E-cases are fully aligned with the international standard on environmental management systems ISO14001.
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