Word Limit: 4,000 words (Plus or minus 10%)
Learning outcomes assessed:
Apply a critical analysis of
the international economic, environmental, legal and social-political issues
surrounding climate change and sustainability and developing countries’
evaluate alternative means available to ensure the sustainable development of
oil and gas industries. Evaluate the actions by
consumers and governments to strengthen measures for sustainable development of
oil and gas industries. Analyse the impact of sustainable strategies on the oil and gas industry
coursework is worth 100% of the total marks for this module.
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Sustainability and what it
means for the Oil and Gas
World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) defined sustainability
as “meeting the needs of the present
without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their
The oil and gas industries may find it difficult to continue in their
present strategy in the future if sustainable approaches are not implemented
fully at various levels of their own commercial businesses. This is mainly due to constant changes in
regulations, the finite sources of fossil fuels, environmental issues,
including climate change and global warming and other related factors and
As a consultant, you have been tasked to write a 4,000-word Report to
critically analyse the sustainable factors that oil and gas companies need to
plan for and implement, in order to protect their own businesses and the
natural environment. At the same time, also provide a critical reflection and
insight on how oil and gas companies can manage and accommodate any future changes
in local, national and international regulations and laws, especially those
dealing with the environment and sustainability.
Your report should discuss the following areas:
Sustainability should be
critically evaluated and implemented within the three stages of oil and gas
production, i.e. upstream, midstream and downstream. Determine the impacts on the
oil and gas sector and the environment if sustainable development is implemented
in full. Critically evaluate the
challenges facing oil and gas companies during and after the implementation of
sustainable methods. Discuss and evaluate the
present research and possible future development in the field of sustainability
and sustainable development within the oil and gas industries.
and Understanding (worth 35% of marks)
can the oil and gas implement it without major impacts on their business on the
short term as well as how they should plan in order to protect the environment?
how oil and gas companies can manage and accommodate any future changes in
local, national and international regulations and laws.
should reflect on the challenges oil and gas companies may face during the
above process at various levels; (upstream, midstream and downstream).
present research and possible future development taking place within the
industry to encourage sustainability eg grants available to companies, Sustainability
reporting in the annual report, Renewable energy investment, technology
and Cognitive Skills (worth 40% of marks)
and analysis of the research data will be a prime consideration for marking.
Therefore, students should analyse the common question/statement “Is it
possible for the oil and gas companies” to implement sustainable approach and
protect the natural environment? At what cost? How laws and regulations may
help or hinder the above approach? How to deal with each stage (upstream,
midstream and downstream) of the oil and gas exploration/production while
implementing sustainability for the purpose of benefiting both oil and gas
companies and the natural environment.
skills (worth 25% of marks)
of title, page numbering, robust use of Harvard methodology in both citations
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