This group includes voluntary industry initiatives that set targets to reduce emissions, develop standards for monitoring and reduction technologies or otherwise disseminate best practices among industry players. We have grouped these efforts into global and regional initiatives depending on their specific focus and membership.
International Association of Oil & Gas Producers
The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) represents 40% of the global upstream industry. It serves industry regulators as a global partner for improving safety, environmental and social performance. IOGP also acts as a forum for members to identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility. It hosts a library of publications that includes guidance documents and environmental performance indicators.
International Gas Union
The International Gas Union promotes the political, technical and economic progress of the gas industry. It has over 150 members amongst associations and corporations of the gas industry, representing over 90% of the global gas market. It covers the complete value chain of natural gas, from exploration and production, transmission via pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as distribution and combustion of gas at the point of use. It hosts a Group of Experts on Methane Emissions and has a series of publications covering this topic.
International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers
The International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers is a non-profit organisation whose objective is to promote the development of activities related to LNG. The group constitutes a forum for exchange of information and experience among its 86 members to enhance safety, reliability and efficiency of LNG imports activities and the operation of LNG imports terminals in particular. The group has a worldwide focus and its membership is composed of nearly all companies active in the import and regasification terminalling of LNG. They host a Monitoring, Reporting and Verification and GHG Neutral LNG Framework to provide a common source of best practice principles in this field, including full accounting for methane emissions.
Ipieca is the global oil and gas association dedicated to advancing environmental and social performance across the energy transition. It brings together members and stakeholders to lead in mainstreaming sustainability by advancing climate action, environmental responsibility and social performance across oil, gas and renewables activities. To fulfil that mandate, it develops industry best practice and the promotion of technological and management solutions to reduce GHGs across the production, refining and transportation of oil and gas. Its emissions management page outlines measures and resources for energy conservation or efficiency measures, reducing gas flaring and managing the emissions of methane.
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative aims to improve methane data collection and to develop and deploy methane management technologies; it is made up of 12 major international oil and gas companies. In 2022, members launched the Aiming for Zero Methane Emissions Initiative, which calls for an all-in approach to treat methane emissions as seriously as the industry already treats safety: aiming for zero and striving to do what is needed to get there by 2030. It has been active on methane abatement for a number of years, working to: decrease the methane intensity of member companies; support the deployment of existing and emerging technologies for methane detection and quantification; increase scientific knowledge and understanding of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry; and finance innovative projects that demonstrate a significant near-term impact on emissions.
Zero Routine Flaring By 2030 Initiative
Launched in 2015, the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 (ZRF) initiative commits endorsing governments and companies to (a) not routinely flare gas in any new oil field development, and (b) to end routine flaring at existing oil fields as soon as possible and no later than 2030. To date, it has garnered commitments from 87 governments and companies, that together account for over 60% of global flaring.
American Petroleum Institute
The American Petroleum Institute (API) represents all segments of the United States’ natural gas and oil industry. Nearly 600 members produce, process and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in initiatives to accelerate environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organisation and has developed more than 800 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability. Through its Environmental Partnership, which represents more than 70% of total U.S. onshore natural gas and oil production, a number of companies focus on driving innovation, sharing best practices across the industry and reducing methane emissions in every major U.S. basin.
European Gas Research Group
The European Gas Research Group works to develop innovative solutions for European and global energy systems as they look to meet the challenges of a low carbon future while maintaining competitiveness and energy security. It has a series of research and development projects on methane emissions, including technologies to quantify emissions and prevent leaks across the gas supply chain.
Eurogas is an association of 62 European companies, covering gas wholesale, retail and distribution, along with companies manufacturing equipment and providing innovative solutions for services, like blending and methane emissions management. The purpose of Eurogas is to accelerate the transition to carbon neutrality through dialogue and advocacy about optimising the use of gas and gaseous fuels. It supports the Global Methane Pledge and regularly organises events to discuss pathways to the decarbonisation of gas supply.
MARCOGAZ is a non-profit international association that represents the European gas industry on all technical aspects of the gas system’s full value chain. It works towards the identification and implementation of best practices to reduce methane emissions, including the definition of reduction targets at industry level. Their website hosts a knowledge base on methane emissions, including technical standards and recommendations on LDAR, flaring and venting.
One Future Coalition
The One Future Coalition is a group of more than 50 natural gas companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas value chain to 1% (or less) by 2025 and is comprised of some of the largest natural gas production, gathering & boosting, processing, transmission & storage and distribution companies in the United States. Its webpage hosts a number of case studies and reports on how to promote better management of methane emissions.
This page provides an overview of the Toolkit and how to use it, along with important background and context information.
A lot of material is currently available to inform action on methane. While there are still a number of gaps to be filled, a number of robust resources have been developed to support regulators and policy makers with the various aspects of methane mitigation.