Repsol deploys IHS emission reporting toolset

Pressure from regulators and activist investors behind EMI-Sphere development.

IHS reports that its client Repsol has implemented an enterprise scale monitoring and reporting system built around IHS’ Environmental Performance Solution. Repsol was under pressure from local and EU regulators as well as from ESG investors* and wanted to implement reliable and credible environmental management processes.
Legacy processes for calculating air emissions were disparate, labor intensive and time consuming. Each facility had its own reporting processes involving cut and paste from multiple source systems including OSIsoft PI, laboratory information management systems and production systems. This involved ‘hundreds of spreadsheets’ and manual tasks performed by HSE staff. The system was error-prone and provided only limited visibility across the company. Repsol HSE IT specialist Víctor García Rodríguez said, ‘We needed all our HSE information in a single system so we could have a corporate-wide view of compliance. We kicked off a major project, EMISphere, and selected IHS’ Sphera/Esuite solution for our enterprise-level environmental information management system.

EMISphere launched in 2012 with implementations at two facilities in Spain, monitoring air, water and hazardous waste from refineries and providing visibility on HSE performance. The solution has now been deployed at five more downstream facilities and performs a million calculations daily and stores 5 million emissions calculations annually. This has also improved production and scheduling, validating and applying rules and calculations to process data in an auditable, transparent way. EMISphere received an ‘excellence award’ at IHS’ Spectrum event last month. Other awards went to Saudi Arabia-based petrochemical company S-Chem and to Siemens.

* Environmental, social and governance a.k.a. sustainability and ethical ‘activist’ investors.

Click here to comment on this article

Click here to view this article in context on a desktop

© Oil IT Journal - all rights reserved.