OGCI sharpens its methane and carbon intensity targets
September 21, 2021
OGCI has revised its collective upstream targets for 2025. These near-term targets support OGCI’s new strategy to accelerate both ambition and action, and reflect progress made in reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions since 2017.
OGCI’s carbon intensity target now aims to reduce the average carbon intensity of member companies’ aggregate upstream oil and gas operations from 23 kg of greenhouse gases per barrel of oil equivalent in 2017 to 17 kg by 2025. This was changed from a target of 20 kg. Members reported 19.5 kg in 2020, an improvement of 14% over the 2017 baseline.
OGCI’s methane intensity target now aims to reduce the average methane intensity of aggregate upstream oil and gas operations from 0.30% in 2017 to well below 0.20% by 2025, aiming for near zero methane emissions. Members reported an aggregate intensity of 0.20% in 2020. Emissions reduction efforts reduced intensity by 35% over the three years from 2017 to 2020, with an improvement of 13% in 2020 alone.
Together, the revisions to these targets will bring an additional reduction of around 50 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.