About

While it is recognised that there we must move from fossil fuels to zero and low carbon energy sources, worldwide gas demand is expected to grow in the coming decades. This contrasts sharply with the picture for coal and oil, which drop globally by almost 60% and 30% respectively by 2040.

As efforts continue to decarbonize the energy system by adopting cleaner forms of energy, reducing oil and gas methane emissions is a fast and cost-effective way to slow the rate of global warming. 

The “Mineral Methane initiative’s objective is to promote significant reductions in methane and black carbon emissions from the oil and gas sector.

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Objectives

The Mineral Methane Inititaitve strategy adopted by CCAC partners includes an aspirational goal of:

  • 45% emissions reductions in methane emissions over estimated 2015 levels by 2025[1]
  • 60-75% reductions by 2030[2]

These objectives will be achieved through the following components:

  • Oil and Gas Methane Partnership - to provide a protocol to help companies systematically manage their methane emissions from upstream oil and gas operations, as well as a credible platform to help them demonstrate this systematic approach and actual reductions to stakeholders

  • Oil and Gas Methane Science Studies - to address a critical lack of global methane measurement data in the oil and gas sector to help prioritise company actions and government policies for addressing this important SLCP emissions source

  • Black Carbon Technology Demonstration - to reduce black carbon emissions by mobilizing finance and investment as well as developing best practices and policies for black carbon mitigation

  • Peer to Peer Regulatory Support - to support developing countries by promoting broad-based adoption of sector-scale policies, sharing successful best practice solutions for regulating methane emissions and reducing flaring, and providing technical and policy support for development of policies

[1] 45% reduction by 2025 is consistent with the commitment made by Canada, Mexico and the United States in 2016 to develop rules to reduce up to 45 percent of methane escaping from across the continent’s oil and gas industries by 2025.

[2] The International Energy Agency estimates the industry can reduce its worldwide emissions by 75 percent—and that up to two-thirds of those reductions can be realized at zero net cost (https://www.iea.org/weo2017)

Activities

Location of activities

  • Global
  • Africa
    • Nigeria
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Mexico

Description of activities

Workstream | Oil and Gas
Ongoing
The Global Alliance to Significantly Reduce Methane Emissions in the Oil and Gas Sector by 2030 or Global Methane Alliance brings together governments, financing institutions, international...
Workstream | Oil and Gas
Ongoing
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition created a voluntary initiative to help companies reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. The Oil & Gas Methane Partnership was launched at the UN...
Workstream | Oil and Gas
Ongoing
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) and European Commission are working together on a series of peer-reviewed...
Oil & gas methane study

Achievements to date

Our ‘Mineral Methane Initiative' (formerly Oil and Gas Initiative) works to reduce methane and black carbon emissions from the oil and gas sector and raise awareness of the issue with governments and companies. 

The methane landscape has changed as a result of our work. Through the CCAC, a growing number of international oil and gas companies are taking voluntary steps to integrate methane management in their operations and working with partners to raise the issue across the entire gas supply chain. Industry has also created its own platforms, like the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), and the Methane Guiding Principles (MGP). These recent developments led CCAC partners to rethink the initiative’s role to match the leadership shown by some industry partners and to promote wider endorsement of ambitious targets from governments and industry. 

Key achievements include:   

  • 10 oil and gas companies, responsible for more than 10% of global oil and gas production joined the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership and committed to systematically survey and report their participating operations for the 'core' methane emission sources. 
  • The new Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) Reporting Framework 2.0 was adopted and will serve as the gold standard for methane reporting by oil and gas companies 
  • Surveys for leaks from 9 core sources have been completed at over 50 operations in 9 countries. 
  • Technology demonstrations in Mexico and Colombia helped reduce black carbon emissions. Follow up measurement campaigns by Clearstone Engineering in 8 sites in Colombia identified cost-effective flaring mitigation opportunities. Emissions reductions of 4,065 tonnes of black carbon and 3,869 kilotonnes of greenhouse gases could be achieved.   
  • 26 knowledge resources were developed and 10 Technical Guidance documents to address 'core' methane emissions sources were updated following a public consultation. 
  • The Global Methane Alliance was launched at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit 2019. Countries that join the Alliance commit to include methane reduction targets from the oil and gas sector in their NDCs. 
  • We are helping Mexico implement its national Methane Guidelines.  

Funding as of Oct 2020: USD 4,062,053 
Co-funding as of Oct 2020: USD 7.37 million  
Catalysed funding as of Oct 2020: USD 11.5 million 

Initiative contacts

Denise San Valentin,
Initiatives Coordinator/Programme Manager
denise.sanvalentin [at] un.org

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Partners & Actors

Lead Partner: A Coalition partner with an active role in coordinating, monitoring and guiding the work of an initiative.

Implementer: A Coalition partner or actor receiving Coalition funds to implement an activity or initiative.

Partners (14)

Partners (14)

Lead, Implementer

Resources

2020 | Guidelines & Tools
, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the auspices of Global Methane Initiative (GMI), Natural Resources Canada Program for Energy Research and Development (PERD), Tetra Tech and Clearstone Engineering

This document presents introductory guidance on a pragmatic, integrated approach to identifying, evaluating, and advancing cost-effective, high-impact opportunities to manage greenhouse gas (GHG)...

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