RSK@Stirling Managing Director Andrew Gunning presented at the Science4CleanEnergy ‘No risk, no energy’ summer school event at the University of Salerno in Italy. The three-day event, held on 16–18 September, involved young researchers, primarily PhD and post-grad students, discussing the multidisciplinary nature of sub-surface geo-energy applications.
Andrew was the first speaker of the day and spoke about risk in energy projects referencing the water environment. This included risk in shale gas, renewables, geothermal and nuclear projects, all of which RSK@Stirling has extensive experience in.
“I was invited to speak at the Science4CleanEnergy event following work we did for the SHEER project, a Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, which involved us assessing the risks to groundwater from a shale gas well in Poland,” commented Andrew. “This work involved the development of risk management strategies for energy related projects. Danielle King joined us earlier this year as an environmental risk analyst and to lead our team assessing climate and environmental risk in energy supplies.”
RSK@Stirling has experience of developing risk management strategies for organisations from government to oil and gas, construction and mining companies. This includes assessing and integrating risks to develop policies and strategies that mitigate environmental risks.
The presentation culminated with an interactive session where students discussed regulation and policy in energy projects. The regulatory approach to onshore oil and gas adopted in the EU differs between national governments as they control the development of oil and gas resources.
“The event delegates represented a wide array of nationalities, with students from South America, Asia, Europe, including the UK, to name a few,” said Andrew. “This led to an interesting discussion in terms of regulatory approaches that differ internationally. There was a clear divide between developing and developed countries, with developing countries placing more value on more immediate challenges such as ensuring people were fed and watered. It was very thought-provoking.”
Andrew and RSK@Stirling will continue to build on their relationship with the University of Salerno and other academic institutions, with further opportunities on the horizon related to geothermal energy from minewater, climate risk assessment and strategic risk environmental risk assessments for companies in sectors such as natural resources, energy and government.