Management of environmentally critical elements

Energy Transition Group
18 Dec 2012

Significant environmental incidents in recent years have attracted worldwide attention to the oil and gas sector. As exploration activities expand into more challenging and sensitive areas, the industry needs to ensure effective systems are in place for the protection of the environment. At present, the industry does not have either a common approach to determine what constitutes an Environmentally Critical Element (ECE) or a methodology for developing performance standards and associated maintenance frequencies. To help resolve this issue, the Energy Institute has published guidelines for the identification and management of environmentally critical elements.

This publication takes a structured approach in identifying and managing ECEs. It incorporates existing processes, knowledge and practical experience; enabling industry to perform these tasks through a common approach. It was also developed in alignment with the processes in place for the identification and management of Safety Critical Elements (SCEs) and aims to complement and integrate with existing SCE management systems. It also builds upon and draws parallels to the EI’s Guidelines for the management of safety critical elements. Existing on and offshore UK regulatory regime is supported in this publication and it is aligned with international standards e.g. ISO 14001.

Although this publication is aimed primarily at UK offshore operators, drilling rigs, service companies and onshore oil and gas processing terminals  its approach can be applied to non-oil and gas industrial sectors and their activities internationally.


More information can be found on the EI website.