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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Sustainability Reporting: review in the oil and gas industry

This work seeks to analyse trends, issues and challenges of sustainability reporting by oil and gas companies based in the developed and the developing world. Existing assessment methodologies were reviewed and a framework of assessment was compiled for this study. Twenty-five companies were selected for investigation. This dissertation found that most companies in the developing world are non-sustainability reporters whereas most companies in the developed world are sustainability reporters. The quality of reporting was generally good but there were indications of the need for further research in some areas of sustainability reporting.


Course Overview


The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.


An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions.


An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.


An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.