Course #13: Toward More Sustainable Oil and Gas Projects





This two-day program will provide a master class for intermediate-level environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) practitioners who want to smarten up knowledge about the oil and gas (O&G) sector. The training will build on the participants’ knowledge of the ESIA process, provide them with a foundation of E&S issues specific to O&G, and enhance their ability to leverage ESIAs towards more sustainable O&G developments. Goals and learning outcomes include:

  • Review the O&G development cycle and likely impacts and mitigation measures for onshore/offshore projects.
  • Identify linkages between the O&G development cycle and ESIA core components – and opportunities for decision-making.
  • Increase participants’ level of confidence with ESIA’s in the O&G sector through case studies and participant questions.


The training will be a participatory venue with a balanced mix of instructor presentations and discussions to leverage the participants’ own broad range of experience, promote dialogue, and share best practices. Group exercises and case studies will be an integral part of the course.

Broadly, the workshop is divided into two days. The first day will focus on “the Oil and Gas Sector Project Cycle,” and “Impacts and Mitigation,” and the second on “Core Components of ESIAs” and a case study.

Participants in public, private, and non- government organizations with an interest in learning about environmental and social impact assessment as applied to onshore and offshore, conventional and unconventional (shale) oil and gas exploration and development projects are welcome.

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: At least two years of practical experience with environmental and social impact assessment in any sector, and be familiar with environmental and social impact assessment international policy and practice (e.g. World Bank Environmental and Social Framework (ESF), WB OP 4.01, IFC Performance Standards, IFC/World Bank General and Oil and Gas Sector Guidelines, EBRD, IAIA and/or IDB guidance, etc.).
Language: English
Duration: 2 days (24-25 May)
Price: US$575
Min/Max: 10-35

Fernando D. Rodriguez, Managing Director, HSE International, LLC (USA)


Fernando D. Rodriguez, course instructor for the Sevilla conference, has deep experience in the oil and gas sector and extensive experience in the ESIA field, related strategic ESIA consultation and engagement and sustainable development planning and implementation - as well as with the design and conduct of such training workshops at both the policy and the practitioner levels. 

Mr. Rodriguez is a leading consultant with over 30 years of global experience in risk management and sustainable development. His experience includes working in 4 continents and over 40 countries, including projects located in very sensitive environments and complex social settings.

Since 2012, Mr Rodriguez has conducted over twenty training workshops designed to provide professionals with a solid foundation in the best practices in environmental, social, health and safety risk management of onshore and offshore developments. Over 800 people from more than 20 different countries have participated in the workshops.  Mr. Rodriguez designed, co-organized and led the delivery of the IAIA workshop/training Toward More Sustainable Oil and Gas Projects ESIA Practitioners course in Florence (IAIA 2015) and Montreal (IAIA 2017).

Mr. Rodriguez is the founder and Managing Director of HSE International LLC, a management consultancy that provides risk management and sustainability services worldwide. Prior to consulting, he held executive and senior level positions in the private sector, including oil and gas, renewables, and engineering.  Mr. Rodriguez has received several international awards in recognition for his leadership and diverse contribution to initiatives, and he has authored and presented numerous papers at international conferences. He holds engineering degrees (MSc and BSc) from the University of Colorado, and completed executive education at the University of Cambridge, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. He speaks English and Spanish.