The Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by UNEP and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition in 2014. The OGMP 2.0 is the new gold standard reporting framework that will improve the accuracy and transparency of methane emissions reporting in the oil and gas sector. Already over 70 companies with assets on five continents representing 30% of the world’s oil and gas production have joined the partnership.
The OGMP 2.0 data is one of the key components of the International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO)’s solution to the methane data problem. IMEO is a data-driven, action-focused initiative taking an innovative approach by collecting, integrating, and reconciling data from all sources, e.g. scientific measurement studies, satellites, national inventories and industry reporting via OGMP 2.0. It will then generate a public dataset with a clear indication of data confidence and uncertainty. IMEO will also serve as a key implementing vehicle of the Global Methane Pledge by creating a sound scientific basis for methane emissions calculations, helping countries to prioritize mitigation actions and credibly track progress towards their targets.
Methane is a very powerful greenhouse gas: methane emissions are the second largest cause of global warming. The Oil and Gas industry is a primary contributor to anthropogenic methane emissions.
Last year alone, the global oil and gas industry wasted $19 billion of natural gas due to methane leaks. Because of methane emissions, the oil and gas industry’s climate impact is greater than that of every gas-powered passenger vehicle on the planet.
Along with methane, oil and gas facilities release other toxic pollutants that can cause cancer, respiratory illness and other health problems. Reducing methane reduces these health risks.
We cannot meet the Paris Agreement goals and avoid exceeding 1.5 °C of warming without reducing the methane emissions from the global oil and gas industry. Luckily, the industry is taking action.
Uniper already achieved a lot by applying best practice methods to keep emissions at the lowest possible level at our storage sites. Now, it’s time to increase the accuracy and granularity of methane emissions reporting across the entire gas value chain. This fits perfectly to our company`s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2035 in our European business. We are ready to curb methane emissions, and we will do it together. For a better, sustainable, and climate-proof future.
Through our more than 56,000 km long natural gas distribution networks, we supply more than 776,000 households and companies with natural gas in various regions of Germany.
We significantly influence the sustainable and therefore environmentally friendly energy supply in our home country and beyond. Our aim is to maintain the first-class network quality of EWE NETZ and at the same time to use further optimization potentials.
With this drive and conviction, we joined the OGMP.
It is our mission to make the ONTRAS network fit for decarbonisation and facilitate a CO2- neutral gas transport by 2050. As part of our commitment, ONTRAS going green we have placed the reduction of technically induced methane emissions at the centre of our activities in this field.
By optimizing network operation and reducing pressure, using mobile compressors or flares, and making repairs during ongoing operations, we have already achieved an emission reduction of 68% in 2019.
It is our ambition to measure, analyse, report and reduce all possible emissions by investing in the best available techniques.
We are looking forward to driving our ambition forward with our new partners within the OGMP 2.0 framework.
As a Naturgy subsidiary company, and the largest gas DSO in Spain, we have a longstanding commitment on network innovation to enhance operations, improve safety and to minimize the impact of our activity on the environment.
We salute the goals set by the European green deal to go carbon neutral by 2050, and we think that tackling methane emissions represents an effective lever.
We also work on a coordinated basis with Naturgy companies around the world on an effort to minimize methane emissions. This is part of our Sustainability plan to reduce GHG emissions, aligned with the 1.5ºC scenario of the Paris agreement.
Methane emissions reduction has become part of our culture. Our activities are based on 3 pillars: implementation of best available techniques and energy efficiency measures, R&D efforts to develop new technologies and collaboration with the industry and associations to raise awareness and commitment.
Claudio Rodríguez Suárez, Enagás Gas Assets General Manager
GRTgaz is aiming at reducing our methane emissions to a third of their 2016’s values. We are almost there and proud of it. We also know there is still a long way to go, and we intend to reach a division by 5 between 2016 and 2025. The people of GRTgaz and their colleagues of the other OGMP 2.0 members are very much aware of their responsibility to the planet and they intend to play their part.
The mission of BBG is to promote sustainable development for the Basque country by ensuring the supply of natural gas efficiently and safely with the commitment to create value for all our stakeholders. To fulfil this vision, it is priority the reduction of methane emissions through energy efficiency measures, the control of the fugitive emissions and the benchmarking with business associations in order to look for new techniques to minimize methane emissions
Javier López Nieto
As a member of the energy sector, SAGGAS aims to improve its global performance and provide a solid base in order to develop initiatives in the areas of Sustainable Development, Energy and Climate Change. Saggas guarantees the development and the use of efficient technologies. Saggas Carbon Strategy Plan 2014 – 2020 was our first goal, so that, we are on the verge of being more ambitious in our second Carbon Strategy Plan 2021 - 2026.
We move forward together.
EMPL has always given a high relevance to the environmental and social aspects of our Business in Morocco and, therefore, be part of this initiative is a great opportunity to move forward on reducing carbon emissions, meeting climate objectives and contributing to the vision of natural gas as an energy transition source.
Equinor aims to be a leader in the energy transition and our ambition is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Equinor’s methane emissions intensity is one of the lowest in the industry and we are dedicated to improving our performance even further. The OGMP provides companies a credible and transparent way of improving their methane emissions reporting and performance. By working together with peers and partners from governments and civil society, we can achieve significant reductions in methane emissions from the oil and gas sector
Anders Opedal, CEO and President of Equinor
Companies that join OGMP 2.0 commit to the OGMP 2.0 framework - the new gold standard reporting framework that will improve the reporting accuracy and transparency of anthropogenic methane