Sustainability Investment Analysis

Trusted guidance to help you understand energy-related carbon emissions for new projects, expansions, integrated operations, and transitions.

Now more than ever, climate change influences capital strategy and investment decisions make it essential to consider the sustainability impact of your future project operations. To ensure that your project mitigates climate-related risks and energy transition objectives, your integrated complex can benefit from an independent, fact-based analysis of the energy-related sustainability. After decades of benchmarking the energy industry, Solomon has developed significant insight into what good looks like.

Solomon’s Sustainability Investment Analysis expands on our proven Capital Investment Analysis
(Q1 Day 1™) solution. The solution applies our Comparative Performance Analysis™ (CPA™) methodology and proprietary industry databases to evaluate the energy-related sustainability impacts of capital projects. Results provide expected energy performance, emissions impact, areas to enhance and optimize the design, operational strategies, cost structures, and net cash margin of your investment.

Our approach evaluates energy-related sustainability impacts

Operational Performance Analysis Elements

Solomon's Sustainability Investment Analysis supports energy transition initiatives and helps you meet your specific business objectives through the following:

Performance Comparisons
  • Apply Solomon benchmarks to augment decisions and understand climate-related risks
  • Compare design performance to industry top performers
  • Understand the expected performance of the capital investment in areas of energy, utilities, and emissions
  • Define climate-related sustainability and business metrics
  • Establish business targets for phases of operation
  • Develop targets that support sustainability objectives
  • Identify options for energy integration and electrical optimization
  • Review hydrogen and water balances
  • Evaluate impact on emissions
Strategy & Technology
  • Apply Solomon's World Oil Refining Logistics and Demand (WORLD) Model® to gain knowledge for critical decisions
  • Evaluate market trends, business impacts, and sustainability strategies
  • Assess configurations and changes with consideration for climate-related impacts
  • Conduct high-level cold-eye review of the project
  • Review options for carbon capture, emissions control, and green technologies
  • Evaluate feedstock, product movements, and other critical operations
  • Assess supply and demand planning models
  • Examine tankage, logistics operations, and scheduling
  • Review feedstock selection, supply chain, and product matrix
Operations & Organization
  • Apply Solomon industry best practices to review work processes and practices
  • Assess readiness for commissioning, start-up, and establishing stable operations
  • Evaluate logistics plans for maintenance and production activities
  • Evaluate operations and maintenance plans
  • Examine reliability and turnaround programs
  • Establish an operating model consistent with sustainability objectives
  • Delivers staffing plans for phases of start-up and operation
  • Outlines staffing levels by position and incorporating sustainability responsibilities
  • Based on Solomon’s Workforce Optimization Model

Optimize Your Capital Investment

  • Mitigate project risks for new projects, expansions, integrated operations and the transitions.
  • Understand expected operations performance of your capital investment and optimize business plans for phases of operation.
Capital Investment Analysis Solution

Leverage our extensive proprietary database of operational performance information and


recent engagements in refining, chemicals, polymers, LNG, gas processing, pipelines, terminals, power generation and integrated operations.

Benefit from Solomon’s 40 years of operational performance benchmarking experience:

  • Understand energy-related carbon emissions and sustainability impacts
  • Evaluate the climate-related business impacts
  • Optimize energy integration and hydrogen balances
  • Enhance feedstock selection and product mix
  • Augment logistics and tankage plans
  • Improve new asset reliability and utilization
  • Satisfy investor and insurance requirements
  • Mitigate climate-related risks while maximizing the bottom line/net cash margin

Metrics that Support Carbon Emissions Strategies

  • Energy Sustainability Index™ (ESI™), new for 2020 Fuels and Lube Studies and 2021 Olefin Study, measures the energy efficiency of the direct (scope 1) and indirect (scope 2) sources required for operation.
  • Energy Intensity Index™ (EII®), established industry metric that measures consumption- based energy efficiency.
  • Carbon Emissions Index (CEI), the primary metric for greenhouse gas emissions includes both direct (scope 1) and indirect (scope 2) emissions.
  • Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e) emissions comparisons for extended chemicals value chain.

Marathon Names Solomon Recipient of Sustainability Partnership Award

Sustainability Partnership Award

New equipment alone does not guarantee first-quartile (Q1) performance. Gain insight into your future performance and climate-related impacts.

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