COP21 Side Event - Reducing Methane Emissions from Oil & Gas Operations


COP21 Venue: Observer room 3 (Blue Zone), 18:30 to 20:00, December 7

The oil and gas sector is the second largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions, and gas flaring at oil production sites emits pollutants like black carbon and more than 300 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. This official COP21 side event will provide policy makers and other stakeholders with the latest information on these two issues and discuss the steps being taken by governments and industry to reduce emissions from the sector.

The event is hosted by the Government of Norway, in participation with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Oil & Gas Methane Partnership, the World Bank Group, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), and Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Sostenible (CEID-Colombia).



18:30-18:35     Welcoming remarks: Tine Sundtoft, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway

18:35-18:40     Brief film: Methane emissions in the oil and gas sector

18:40-18:50     Better Data on Methane Emissions: Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund

18:50-18:55     Brief film: Zero Routine Flaring by 2030

18:55-19:05      Latest endorsers of the global Initiative: “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030”:  Anita Marangoly George, World Bank Group

19:05-19:50     Panel discussion: Reducing methane emissions and flaring Moderator: Aron Cramer, CEO, Business for Social Responsibility / BSR; Amina Mohammed, Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria (tbc); Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency; Helge Lund, CEO, BG-Group; Eldar Sætre, CEO, Statoil; Bob Dudley, CEO, BP; Karen Florini, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, State Department, US; Anita Marangoly George, Sr. Director, Energy & Extractives Global Practice, World Bank Group

19:50               Closing remarks: Hanne Bjurstrøm, Special Climate Envoy, Norway