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A high-level meeting promoting reduction of methane emissions from oil and gas operations was held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on November 6, 2019. Convened by UN Environment Programme and hosted by the Ivorian Ministry of Environment, the event brought together key country leaders from regional governments, representatives from national and international oil companies, and local and international experts. The meeting aimed to discuss targets to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, develop plans to reflect these targets in the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and identify concrete support mechanisms to achieve these targets.
With representatives from Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Senegal, Norway, BP, Total, Eni (representing the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Clean Air Task Force, the event informed participants on the state of play of international best practices, technologies and opportunities, while also highlighting current efforts in the sector.
Key takeaways from the meeting include: