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IHS: Repsol EMISphere

This new environmental management system seems like it will be very beneficial for organizations in reporting emissions and environmental impacts. This is the type of product that delivers great value in advancing corporate sustainability programs.

Repsol, an integrated global energy company based in Madrid, Spain, had legacy processes for calculating air emissions that were disparate, labor intensive, and time consuming. To address these issues, Repsol launched a project called EMISphere with IHS, a company that provides information and analysis to support the decision-making process of businesses and governments in numerous industries.

Before the project, each Repsol facility had its own process to create the required regulatory reports and documentation. Many consisted of a series of steps to copy information from source systems, then create and maintain hundreds of spreadsheets. Each process required a host of manual tasks, leaving room for human error and providing only limited visibility across the company.

Repsol had many systems in refineries, but needed to have that information centralized for a corporate-wide view of compliance. The company chose to work with IHS and implemented an enterprise-level solution called Environmental Information Management System or EMIS for short. For the EMISphere project, Repsol used the IHS Sphera Essential Process Data Manager to move data from its process information, laboratory information management systems, and production systems directly into EMIS. The system enabled automation for scheduling, validating, and applying rules and calculations to process data.

Annual air and water emission reports at each facility were produced in three weeks instead of three months through data automation. The company now has 99% automation for compliance-related tasks. Complex business rules for each facility’s regulatory requirements have been incorporated into the system, eliminating most manual tasks and resulting in improved data integrity, quality, and accuracy.

The system performs more than 1 million calculations daily, integrated over 4,000 signals integrated, and stores 5 million emissions calculations annually. More than 100 customized business rules have been implemented. This means the staff can focus on quality assurance and quality control tasks, analysis, or improvement initiatives rather than data entry.

In addition, the system reduced reliance on spreadsheets and manual processes, increasing audit execution as well as the traceability of environmental information. The enterprise-level system now delivers more than 70 tailored reports. Repsol was also able to mitigate compliance risks due to staff changes because vital knowledge was retained, the company says.

The EMISphere implementation was expanded to five additional locations. The second phase was an ambitious venture because multiple project teams were assuming parallel responsibilities with demanding deadlines. Yet that challenge became a benefit as non-health, safety and environment staff across sites became involved in the environmental management process, creating opportunities for improvement.

With the IHS waste modeling capability, Repsol was able to establish a homogenous waste management process, meet the demands of stringent European multimedia emissions regulations, and trace emissions to the asset level. The company now has reliable data and can gain additional insights from it.