REDUCING METHANE EMISSIONS ACROSS THE NATURAL GAS VALUE CHAIN GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Providing access to energy, while addressing global climate change, is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Natural gas plays a major role in meeting global energy demand today. Since natural gas consists mainly of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, its part in the transition to a low-carbon future will be influenced by the extent to which the oil and gas industry reduces its methane emissions.
These Guiding Principles focus on priority areas for action along the natural gas value chain, from production to the final consumer. They are complementary to and mutually reinforcing of other initiatives, including the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Oil and Gas Methane Partnership.
Signato1y companies are BP, Eni, ExxonMobil, Gazprom, Qatar Petroleum, Repsol, Statoil, Shell, Total, Wintershall and Woodside. They have committed to undertake the principles, the implementation of which has been defined in a master plan. A concerted industry response is needed to increase focus on the reduction of methane emissions. Therefore, signatories will encourage other companies to apply the principles.
The principles were developed collaboratively by BP, ENI, ExxonMobil, Repsol, Statoil, Shell, Total and Wintershall, as well as a coalition of international institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and academics: The Environmental Defense Fund, the International Energy Agency, the International Gas Union, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Climate Investments, Rocky Mountain Institute, Sustainable Gas Institute, The Energy and Resources Institute, United Nations Environment.
IGU, IOGP and IPIECA JOIN NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY LEADERS TO COMBAT METHANE EMISSIONS
Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Global energy industry associations sign on to the Methane Guiding Principles to increase focus on reducing methane emissions across the natural gas value chain.
The three global associations became Associate Signatories to the Methane Guiding Principles. While they do not have the mandate to enjoin their members, as Associate Signatories they will play an important role in encouraging the application of the Guiding Principles.
This commitment forms part of wider efforts by the global energy industry to ensure that natural gas continues to play a critical role in helping meet future energy demand while tackling climate change and improving air quality. Since natural gas consists mainly of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, its role in the transition to a low-carbon future will be influenced by the extent to which methane emissions are reduced.
“Numerous scientific studies have shown how important it is to quickly reduce methane emissions so we can meet growing demand for natural gas while achieving climate change and clean air goals,” said Mark Radka, Head of UN Environment’s Energy and Climate Branch. “We’re delighted that the IGU, IPIECA and the IOGP have become Associate Signatories to the Methane Guiding Principles. These organisations can help extend the spirit and intent of the Principle throughout the natural gas value chain and report on the reductions achieved.”
The Guiding Principles focus on: continually reducing methane emissions; advancing strong performance across gas value chains; improving the accuracy of methane emissions data; advocating sound policies and regulations on methane emissions; and increasing transparency.
“The IGU supports urgent and increased efforts towards methane emissions mitigation, and the Guiding Principles are a significant step toward achieving that goal” said David Carroll, President of the IGU. “Natural gas remains well positioned to make a significant contribution to improving air quality while also reducing carbon emissions. As the global voice of gas, we continue to support efforts that focus on measuring, documenting and reducing methane emissions.”
To date, 11 companies have signed the Principles: BP, Eni, ExxonMobil, Gazprom, Qatar Petroleum, Repsol, Shell, Statoil, Total, Wintershall and Woodside.
The Guiding Principles were developed with a coalition of international institutions, non-governmental organisations and academics, including the Environmental Defense Fund, the International Energy Agency, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Climate Investments, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Sustainable Gas Institute, The Energy and Resources Institute, and United Nations Environment.
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About The International Gas Union (IGU)
The International Gas Union (IGU) was founded in 1931 and is a worldwide non-profit organisation aimed at promoting the political, technical and economic progress of the gas industry. The Union has more than 150 members worldwide on all continents, representing approximately 97% of the world gas market. The members of the IGU are national associations and corporations within the gas industry worldwide. The IGU organises the World Gas Conference (WGC) every three years, with the forthcoming WGC taking place in Washington, D.C., United States, in June 2018. The IGU’s working organisation covers all aspects of the gas industry from exploration and production, storage, LNG, distribution and natural gas utilisation in all market segments. www.igu.org
The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) is the voice of the global upstream industry. Oil and gas continue to provide a significant proportion of the world’s energy to meet growing demands for heat, light and transport. IOGP Members produce 40% of the world’s oil and gas. They operate in all producing regions: The Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Caspian, Asia and Australia. IOGP serves industry regulators as a global partner for improving safety, environmental and social performance. IOGP also acts as a uniquely upstream forum in which members identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility. www.iogp.org
IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. It develops, shares and promotes good practices and knowledge to help the industry improve its environmental and social performance, and is the industry’s principal channel of communication with the United Nations. IPIECA is the only global association involving both the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry. Through its member-led groups and executive leadership, IPIECA brings together the collective expertise of oil and gas companies and associations responsible for around half of the world’s oil and gas production. Its unique position within the industry enables its members to respond effectively to climate and energy, environmental and social issues. www.ipieca.org