E.VIRONMENT, LLC is a management consulting firm that specializes in advising clients on those EHS issues that are an integral part of their domestic or global strategies. We have worked with virtually all of the major energy and chemical companies since the early 1980s on M&A transactions; business risk management; management systems; compliance assurance; and auditing. As a firm, and as individuals, we have a laser focus on “fit-for-purpose” implementation.
Our operating and business backgrounds afford us a unique understanding of the EHS needs, business imperatives and economic realities that our clients face daily.
E.Vironment is proud to announce the addition of five world class professionals to our staff.
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Robert E. Abbott, Ph.D.
Rob enjoyed a 28 year career with Conoco and ConocoPhillips. He was responsible for the development of Conoco’s upstream environmental auditing program and managed the corporate auditing program. He has participated in environmental audits of gas plants, LNG plants, refineries, production facilities (onshore and offshore), asphalt plants and other operations. His auditing experiences abroad include operations in Africa, Indonesia, Canada, Dubai, the Netherlands, the North Sea and others.
HSE due diligence was his main role in the upstream international business development group where he assisted BD teams in determining the risks and benefits associated with new ventures where the corporation did not have existing operations.
He has served as an HSE team member on projects all over the world, including Africa, Russia, the Netherlands, Ecuador, Trinidad, Barbados, Qatar, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and New Zealand. He also supported the Emerging Technology group where he gained experience in product stewardship issues to support new technology development.
Rob’s exposure to these diverse issues has given him a keen perspective on the importance of integrating the HSE function into business plans. He was one of the early “pioneers” in bringing the concept of sustainable development into Conoco’s business processes. He understands how HSE Management Plans contribute to business success.
Michael D. Henke
Mike has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing operations, environmental management and consulting in the chemical and energy industries. In particular, Mike has focused on identifying, assessing and managing HSE issues in support of business strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, compliance assurance, and risk management efforts. Since 1977, Mike has conducted assessments and audits of countless facilities on multiple continents.
Mike was formerly the Director, Environmental Services for the NAFTA Region of Ciba Specialty Chemicals, focusing on managing environmental issues in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Mike worked with key sites in the US to ensure implementation of the Responsible Care Management System
As a consultant, Mike has helped clients improve internal auditing programs; manage risks and liabilities associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; design and implement management systems; and audit compliance, risk management and HSE performance. He has served as Team Leader on numerous compliance and management systems audits.
He has led, facilitated and participated in PSM audits at numerous locations in the U.S. Mike has conducted pre-readiness reviews at many manufacturing facilities. In 2007 he led a combined PSM/environmental audit of a large gas plant in Louisiana. Mike is currently E.Vironment’s project manager on a project for a major oil company that involves auditing process safety and mechanical integrity issues at 16 refineries located in the United States and Europe.
Sharon specializes in air quality and multimedia permitting and compliance issues. Sharon’s industrial experience is broadened by several onsite consulting assignments, where she served as an extension of plant and corporate environmental staff on air, water, waste, and remediation compliance and reporting issues. Such assignments included bulk fuel terminals and a global petrochemical firm.
Sharon’s industrial experience in the environmental field is supplemented by her experience as an environmental consultant. She has worked on numerous projects including regulatory applicability evaluations and compliance strategy development, air quality and multimedia regulatory compliance audits, litigation and due diligence support, state and federal air preconstruction and Title V permits, emissions inventories, and control technology evaluations. She has provided consulting to industries in onshore and offshore oil and gas production, processing, and transmission; petrochemicals and refining; utilities and cogeneration; surface coating; military; pharmaceutical; semiconductor; metals processing; abrasives manufacturing; and carbon black manufacturing.
Sharon’s has extensive compliance auditing experience, having audited oil and gas facilities, refineries, petrochemical plants and facilities in several other industries. She has provided auditing expertise in air quality, spill protection, waste management and stormwater controls, and she has led multi-disciplinary audit teams of HSE professionals. Much of Sharon’s auditing experience has been oriented toward compliance issues; however, she has audited facilities for purposes of transactional due diligence as well as management system reviews.
Jim has over 38 years of international experience in refining, petrochemicals and specialty products including lubes and solvents. He has held senior management positions with TOTAL, CITGO, and most recently PETROPLUS. His areas of expertise include refinery commissioning, plant management, manufacturing division management, overall hydrocarbon supply/value chain management, corporate economics and strategy and building refining-marketing companies. He has additional expertise in all aspects of process and project design and engineering, process safety management, operations and continuous improvement processes.
In his most recent assignment with Petroplus, Jim developed and implemented the transition/integration of over two billion dollars of refining assets into what was a startup company led by Thomas O’Malley. These efforts required working with major oil companies such as ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell as well as independent companies like European Petroleum Holdings. The integration efforts encompassed all activities necessary for the entire supply chain, manufacturing assets and accompanying financial systems. At the same time Jim also built the capabilities for technical support including intra-refinery expert teams; short and long term economics and planning and; capital management systems.
At CITGO, as VP of Planning and Economics, Jim managed and developed the long range plan for four hydrocarbon value chains, set the goals for yearly budgets including performance management, developed business opportunities and managed fuel quality and regulatory issues. As GM he established a new vision for managing the overall hydrocarbon chain as well as how to manage knowledge within the refining-marketing segment of the business. In all cases the improvements and changes were tied directly to bottom-line improvements in profitability.
While SVP for the manufacturing sector of TOTAL N.A., Jim implemented a continuous improvement work process which empowered the workforce and led to improved mechanical availability, increased economic utilization, reduced costs and reduced accidents with zero environmental exceedances. As VP of Supply, Distribution and Wholesale Marketing, Jim led the effort to introduce new products as well as re-focus the marketing efforts for improved profitability.
Ronald W. Michaud
Ron has over 35 years of relevant experience in the petrochemical industry. He spent a 28 year career with DuPont serving in a variety of management positions in manufacturing and business functions. During the last ten years of his career, Ron was involved with DuPont’s HSE function, first as HSE Manager for the Fibers business; then as Conoco’s Corporate Environmental Manager; and finally as DuPont’s Corporate Environmental Director, with responsibility for developing worldwide environmental policy, developing Company environmental management systems and leading environmental strategic planning processes.
As a consultant, Ron has worked with numerous leading oil and chemical companies in developing HSE management systems that meet both ISO 14001 and RC14001 criteria, while incorporating industry best practices. He has led and facilitated numerous HSE benchmarking studies that have involved progressive companies wanting to further improve their HSE performance. He has performed HSE assessments for leading companies and presented assessment findings and recommendations to executive management. He has coached HSE managers, and provided training in various environmental disciplines.
In a unique assignment, he served as an independent member of a special HSE compliance committee for one of the world’s leading energy companies. Companies he has provided support to include Ashland, BP, Celanese, Ciba, Dow, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Phillips Petroleum, Rhone-Poulenc and Sunoco.