Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

Methane emissions

Reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations is one of the quickest ways to help meet the Paris Agreement objectives and it’s a top priority for OGCI.

OGCI members are working to eliminate methane emissions from their own operations and across the industry.

OGCI supports the implementation of regulations to reduce methane emissions from existing and new sources and is working with international institutions, think tanks and organizations to develop programs and tools to monitor and measure methane emissions and identify abatement potential.

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Aiming for Zero

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  • OGCI member companies met their collective upstream methane intensity target in 2021 – four years early.
  • They did it by by focusing on addressing leaks, flaring and venting.
  • OGCI’s 0.2% target for methane intensity is now frequently used as an industry standard.
  • OGCI’s pilot programme in Iraq successfully demonstrated the use of satellite data to aid methane mitigation.
  • Direct engagement with local operators helped address the methane plumes the satellites identified.
  • And the campaign has been extended to other countries.
Methane emissions at a glance

Our impact

OGCI methane emissions

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Methane intensity

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OGCI upstream flaring

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OGCI activities

Tackling methane emissions

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Methane emissions

Related resources

March 25, 2024

Results from the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative’s latest Satellite Monitoring Campaign (SMC) show that a systematic effort to raise awareness, deploy new technologies and engagement can support local operators mitigate methane emissions at scale. OGCI’s 2022-2023 campaign over Algeria, Kazakhstan and Egypt has already helped local operators eliminate methane emissions, according to a new report.

December 2, 2023

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, Methane Guiding Principles, OGCI and Environmental Defense Fund announced their intention to build a framework to share expertise to help companies reduce methane emissions and flaring in line with the Oil & Gas Decarbonization Charter ambitions.

October 7, 2023

The three organizations collaborated on the project as eliminating methane emissions from the upstream oil and gas industry represents one of the best short-term opportunities for contributing to climate change mitigation and for advancing the goals of the Paris Agreement