Course #5. Towards more sustainable oil and gas sector projects






This two-day program will provide a master class for intermediate-level environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) practitioners who want to learn more about the oil and gas (O&G) sector,

conventional and unconventional (shale), offshore and onshore, carbon capture projects, and carbon neutrality considerations in O&G. The training will build on the participants' knowledge of the ESIA process, provide them with a foundation of environmental and social issues specific to O&G projects, 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 hydrocarbon development projects.

  • Identify linkages between the O&G development cycle and the ESIA core components –and opportunities for decision making; and

  • 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. Participants should be prepared to exchange experiences, challenges and solutions with peers.


Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Participants are expected to be familiar with environmental and social impact assessment international policy and practice as applied to the oil and gas sector (e.g., World Bank Environmental and Social Standards (ESS), IFC Performance Standards (PS), IFC/World Bank General and Oil and Gas Sector Guidelines, IAIA and IDB guidance etc.) and have at least two years of practical experience with environmental and social impact assessment in any sector. 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, and carbon capture projects are welcome.

Language: English

Duration: 2 day (2-3 May)

Price: US$475

Min/Max: 10-40

Requirements: Laptops preferred but not required.

Instructor(s): Fernando D. Rodriquez




Fernando D. Rodriquez


Fernando Rodriguez has 30+ years of professional experience related to risk management in the energy, extractive and infrastructure sectors. His experience includes working in 4 continents and over 40 countries, focusing on environmental, social, health and safety (ESHS) risks of developments, including projects located in very sensitive environments and complex social settings.


Currently, Mr Rodriguez is the Managing Director of HSE International, LLC. In his current role, he provides strategic advice and consultancy services to institutions, multilaterals, companies and investors.  Since 2012, Mr Rodriguez has conducted several training workshops providing participants with a solid foundation in oil & gas development projects, best practices in environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), and opportunities to leverage ESIAs towards the development of more sustainable oil and gas. Over 300 people from 21 different countries have participated in the workshops.


In addition to his consulting experience, he has worked with leading companies in executive, senior managerial and technical roles in wind energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors.


Mr Rodriguez has extensive industry and stakeholder engagement experience, having contributed to the development of case studies and industry best practices including the Global Oil and Gas Industry Association for Environmental and Social Issues (IPIECA), and the International Oil and Gas Producers Association (IOGP). He has been a speaker and panelist in conferences and symposiums around the world, and his work has earned him multiple international recognitions.


He holds Master and Bachelor degrees in engineering from the University of Colorado, and executive education diplomas in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge, Advanced Management for Oil & Gas Executives from Thunderbird University, and the Environmental Negotiation from Harvard – MIT.


He is a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Mr. Rodriguez is fully bilingual English – Spanish.