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About us

IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. IPIECA was formed in 1974 following the launch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). IPIECA is the only global association involving both the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry on environmental and social issues. IPIECA’s membership covers over half of the world’s oil production. IPIECA is the industry’s principal channel of communication with the United Nations.

IPIECA helps the oil and gas industry improve its environmental and social performance by:

  • developing, sharing and promoting good practices and solutions
  • enhancing and communicating knowledge and understanding
  • engaging members and others in the industry
  • working in partnership with key stakeholders

Through its member-led working groups IPIECA brings together the collective knowledge and expertise of oil and gas companies and associations. The working groups draw on the skills and experience of our international membership and operate with support from a secretariat. IPIECA currently has working groups that address the following areas: biodiversity; climate change; health; oil spill preparedness; fuels and products; reporting; social responsibility, and water.

IPIECA has produced a Profile which provides an introduction to the association and our work. IPIECA also produces an Annual Review, which highlights our activities over the past year.  View the 2012 IPIECA Annual Review

When IPIECA was set up in 1974 the acronym stood for the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association. In 2002, recognising that this no longer accurately reflected the breadth and scope of the association’s work, IPIECA stopped using the full title. The association is now known as IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues.