The Strategic Opportunity of Sustainability in the Energy Sector

Maria A. Capello

Sustainability is an essential topic to meet the expectations of investors and to walk in the energy transition path with success. Rankings of ESG parameters position companies and attract investors. This course is to help your incursion in sustainability, learning the why and how.


In this course, you will gain an understanding of the global framework related to sustainability, as well as the challenges to integrating sustainability workflows and objectives in corporate and organizational strategies. Your awareness of how to ingrain sustainability in your geoscientist work will be enhanced and fortified.

A clear business opportunity lies in ingraining sustainability in your corporate, team, and professional value proposition, with schemes that are efficient, practical, and support your resilience at work.

The course presents examples taken from rankings and descriptors of sustainability, which have propelled or at times hampered the success of operators in oil and gas.


One-day short course/eight hours

Intended Audience

Training class syllabus to be adapted for various levels. This course is an “Awareness” level (1 day). It could be reduced or expanded to the “Advanced” level (3 days), with an in-depth approach.

Who Should Attend?

  • Project Leaders, Managers, and Business Developers of oil and gas operators, service companies, and entrepreneurship or consulting firms centered around geoscience, who are keen on acquiring knowledge and an understanding of the new terminologies and approaches used in sustainability.
  • People of all geo-disciplines, interested in relating their work to sustainability, and increasing their resilience in the rapidly changing job market.
  • Energy employees of all segments: Oil and Gas, Mining and renewable energy who require an upskill in perspective and knowledge about sustainability fundamentals.
  • Professionals who need to gain a practical understanding of the why, how, and what of sustainability.

Course Content

Concept of sustainability. Why sustainability is a concept related to society and economic development. Statistics on population growth and some alarm indicators of lack of awareness about the utilization of resources on the planet.

Description of the 17 UN SDGs, with the purpose, framework, timelines and progress in each one to date. Examples of mapping exercises to the SDGs from the energy and other sectors. Exercise.

Elements of a sustainability strategy, examples from the energy sector. Exercise.

The IPIECA guidelines, SASB, GRID and Bloomberg reports/ranking. Elements of an ESG report. Why public companies cannot afford not to ingrain sustainability in their strategies. Main elements of the ESG international sustainability ESG rankings per sector by main ranking agencies.

What are the main resources for understanding the connection of geoscience with the SDGs, and the main dimensions of People, Planet and Prosperity.

What is not told, is not known, and today, all public information grounds rankings and online assessment and research. Rankings of ESG parameters position companies and attract investors.

Understand if there is a need of changing the standing of your team, entrepreneurship or company in terms of sustainability. The power of knowing the SDGs, and how to communicate about those.

Learner Outcomes

Participants who complete successfully this course will be able to:

  • Understand the UN 17 SDG framework for sustainability purposes.
  • Enhance the way attendees communicate about sustainability, as related to their work and life.
  • Understand what ESG is and what are the main frameworks to report and then measure ESG rankings.
  • How to map corporate sustainable activities/strategies to SDGs and detect potential gaps.
  • Gain access to reliable sources of information about Sustainability
  • Acquire a perspective on why the energy sector is urgently shifting to a sustainable approach.


Maria A. Capello, Cavaliere