Methane is a potent Greenhouse Gas accounting for around 10% of total EU GHG emissions.
EU anthropogenic methane emissions are formed from 53% agriculture, 26% waste, 19% energy and 5% others.
54% of EU energy sector methane emissions come from oil and gas operations, 34% come from coal operations and 11% from residential and other sectors.
Methane releases can occur along the oil and gas value chain for due to:
Flaring (burning) and or venting for operational safety or economic reasons.
Fugitive emissions due to unintentional leaks from pneumatic equipment, pipelines, wells, etc.
To maximise the benefits of natural gas as a partner to variable renewable energies and as a cleaner alternative to coal, our industry works to reduce methane emissions from its operations across the value chain.
Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV)
Methane reduction target setting
Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR)
Best Available Techniques
Some oil & gas industry initiatives
IOGP welcomes EU plans to prevent methane leaks in the energy sector and the establishment of the International Methane Emissions Observatory. We call for a risk-based and flexible approach allowing companies to choose optimal technologies approach to detect and repair methane leaks.