Sustainability

Environmental Metrics Quantification

GSI employs a systematic process for evaluating and quantifying key environmental sustainability metrics associated with target processes of interest, allowing clients, portfolio managers, regulators, and local stakeholders to readily compare how alternative operations scenarios affect the environment and surrounding communities.

In almost any industry, technology/process development or changes can pose a number of challenging policy, technical, and economic issues associated with environmental “sustainability,” including carbon footprint, natural resource conservation, safety and community concerns. Sustainability is a concept that broadly concerns measures that can lead to economic growth while simultaneously ensuring progress in the condition of the environment and society. Corporate investors and managers increasingly recognize the long-term financial benefits of good corporate governance and sustainable practices, but often lack a consistent and reliable process to quantify and compare appropriate metrics.

GSI engineers and scientists work with our clients to identify and develop quantitative estimates of relevant sustainability indicator values or metrics for processes of particular interest. Comparing sustainability indicator values for competing processes provides a relative measure of their sustainability, in terms of key environmental, natural resource, safety, and socio-economic issues. These projects usually include working closely with clients’ internal technical experts to identify, characterize, and parameterize process-critical activities at appropriate levels of scale, detail, and granularity. With estimated ESG metrics, our clients are able to identify possible improvements towards enhancing the sustainability of their operations and reducing negative impacts.

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Environmental Stewardship Tool

GSI developed the sustainability calculation algorithms, supporting databases, and initial software prototype underlying a client's internal platform to assess a broad range of environmental and social metrics, including water usage, greenhouse gas emissions, air emissions, chemical exposure potential, traffic and noise impacts, and land disturbance, associated with upstream oil and gas operations. This easy-to-use decision support software allows evaluation of ESG metrics at distinct process “activity nodes” to help users incorporate sustainability concepts into decision-making, optimize future operations, and readily compare how alternative operations scenarios may affect the environment and surrounding communities.

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Richard L. Bowers, PE, BCEE

Environmental Engineer, Senior Associate

Charles J. Newell, PhD, PE, BCEE

Vice President, Principal Engineer