About

The Coalition’s Oil & Gas Initiative is aimed at reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants from oil & gas industry operations, with a focus on methane and black carbon. Methane is a greenhouse gas at least 84 times more potent than CO2 over a 20-year time horizon, while black carbon emissions from oil & gas operations are thought to contribute to accelerated warming of the polar ice caps, among other negative consequences.

This Initiative has four components. Other components may be added by the Coalition partners over time.
   

  • The Oil & Gas Methane Partnership
  • A project to develop and demonstrate new technology to reduce black carbon from gas flares
  • A series of studies to measure methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure in different parts of the world
  • A component to provide peer-to-peer technical assistance to policy makers and regulators in developing countries

Objectives

The overall goal is to reduce methane and black carbon emissions in the oil and gas sector.

The objective of the CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership is to help oil and gas companies find and minimize methane emissions in their operations and create a new global standard in methane emissions control. The Partnership provides credibility for emissions factors and cost-effective, risk-based programmes for assessing and calculating methane emissions. As a result, the Partnership provides companies credibility and recognition for its efforts, as well as opportunities to improve gas recoverability, leading to increased volumes suitable for sale.                                    

The Coalition and its partners support a participating company’s efforts and encourage innovation, including with technical assistance, and by encouraging development of policies and practices that promote and support methane emission reduction within Coalition partner country borders and beyond.

The objective of the Technology Demonstration Project is to build global capacity through policy and technical tools to effectively measure, monitor and reduce SLCP emissions from the oil and gas sector. The initial focus will be on recovery of hydrocarbon liquids that could be integrated into the existing production and processing infrastructure while reducing emissions of SLCPs, notably black carbon and methane. It will do this by supporting the scaled-up commercial deployment and dissemination of emerging technologies for hydrocarbon liquid recovery from the gas stream.

Activity

Description of activities

Workstream | Oil and Gas
Ongoing
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition created a voluntary initiative to help companies reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. The Oil & Gas Methane Partnership was launched at the UN...
Workstream | Oil and Gas
Ongoing
The project seeks to recover high value and readily condensable liquids from vented or flared volatile organic compound (VOC) rich associated gas. The recovered liquids could be integrated into the...
Workstream | Oil and Gas
Ongoing
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) are working together on a series of peer-reviewed scientific studies to...
Oil & gas methane study

Progress

At COP22 Ministers from 21 countries said oil and gas methane reductions are “the next big climate opportunity” and agreed to implement national methane reduction strategies, regulations, policies, or enhanced actions, including those that encourage energy efficiency and fuel shifts.

The initiative is overseeing a series of independent, peer-reviewed methane emissions studies to learn more about the sources and scale of methane emissions and to guide mitigation actions. EDF and the 10 OGCI companies committed over $6  million to the studies over two years. Safeguarding mechanisms were set to ensure scientific independence of the researchers.

The initiative is also developing a peer-to-peer support programme for regulating methane emissions in the oil and gas industry, starting with 3 developing-country jurisdictions.

5-year milestones:
 

  • 9 oil and gas companies, responsible for 12.5% of global oil and gas production, joined the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership and committed to systematically survey and report their participating operations for the 'core' methane emission sources.
  • Surveys for leaks from 9 core sources have been completed at over 50 operations in 9 countries.
  • OGMP partner companies have completed 2 annual reporting rounds.
  • Technology demonstrations in 2 countries, Mexico and Colombia, introduced innovation and change that reduced black carbon emissions.
  • 10 Technical Guidance documents to address 'core' methane emissions sources have been updated following a public consultation.

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Initiative contacts

Philip Swanson,
Oil & Gas Initiative coordinator
Philip.Swanson [at] un.org

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Partners & Actors

Lead Partner: A Coalition partner with an active role in coordinating, monitoring and guiding the work of an initiative.

Implementer: A Coalition partner or actor receiving Coalition funds to implement an activity or initiative.

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Partners (15)

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Resources

2015 | Awareness Materials
Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

Factsheet prepared by the CCAC on Methane and Black Carbon Reduction from Oil and Natural Gas Production (December, 2015)....

2007 | Online Training & Materials
, Canadian Centre for Energy Information; Robert D. Bott

Flaring Questions + Answers, a companion publication to Sour Gas Questions + Answers, is produced by the Centre for Energy to explain flaring, venting and incineration of natural gas in Canada....

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