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  • What is IPIECA?

    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.

  • What is the IPIECA vision?

    An oil and gas industry that successfully improves its operations and products to meet society’s expectations for environmental and social performance.

  • What is IPIECA's role in the oil and gas industry?

    IPIECA develops, shares and promotes good practices and knowledge to help the industry improve its environmental and social performance. It 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
  • What are the benefits for IPIECA members?

    Companies benefit from membership of IPIECA through:

    • access to a diverse and far-reaching network of companies and representatives, reflecting views across different regions, sub-sectors and ownership models;
    • representation of company member consensus views at the United Nations and other international and internal fora or events;
    • access to peer networks through working groups and events to share knowledge and understanding of existing and emerging issues;
    • identifying and sharing issues important to the company, for IPIECA members to consider and work through together;
    • early access to good practice guidance to improve performance, as well as experiences with, and learnings from, implementing them;
    • contributing to a unified industry voice on key issues;
    • taking a collaborative approach to emerging issues; and
    • building networks within the industry and with key external stakeholders.
  • What are the commitments of IPIECA members?

    On joining IPIECA, organizations become part of a respected industry group with shared values. 

    IPIECA members are committed to:

    • Contribute to sustainable development by providing safe and reliable energy in an environmentally and socially responsible manner
    • Conduct their operations and activities in accordance with applicable law related to environmental and social issues and ethical business practices
    • Improve their performance in addressing environmental and social issues
    • Develop, share and promote implementation of sound practices and solutions with others in the industry, and
    • Engage with stakeholders in order to take into account their expectations, concerns, ideas and views, and work with government and non-government organizations.
  • How do you become an IPIECA member?

    If you would like to find out more about joining IPIECA, please contact Libby Dix, +44 (0) 20 7633 2388, Alternatively, please use our contact form.

  • Who can become an IPIECA member?

    We have three categories of membership:

    • Corporate members:
      international and national oil and gas companies of any size, with operations in exploration, production, transportation or refining.
    • Association members:
      international, regional and national associations covering environmental or social aspects of exploration, production or refining.
    • Associate members: 
      any company or corporate body which provides services in connection with exploration, production, treatment, storage or transportation. 
  • Can individuals become IPIECA members?

    IPIECA membership is only open for oil and gas companies and associations, and field service companies and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractors. Therefore individuals cannot apply for a membership.

  • How can I order an IPIECA publication?

    All IPIECA publications are available to download free of charge from our online library. Should you wish to obtain hard copies, please email the Secretariat.

  • Is IPIECA for profit?

    IPIECA is a not for profit association. Corporate members contribute to the annual budget according to an individually agreed percentage based on the volume of crude oil produced and petroleum products sold by each company and the number of geographical areas where the company has interests. Association memberships are free of cost.

  • Does IPIECA work in partnership with other organizations?

    Yes, IPIECA members have been working in partnership with other organizations. Please visit our Who we work with page for more details.

  • Is IPIECA a lobbying organization?

    IPIECA is not a lobbying organization, but provides a forum for encouraging continuous improvement of industry performance.

  • What are IPIECA's areas of interest?

    Currently, IPIECA has a working group focusing on each of the following topics: 

    • Biodiversity and ecosystem services
    • Climate change
    • Health
    • Oil spill preparedness
    • Fuels and products
    • Reporting
    • Social responsibility
    • Water
  • How do I contact IPIECA?


    14th Floor
    City Tower
    40 Basinghall Street
    London EC2V 5DE
    United Kingdom

     Telephone: +44 (020) 7633 2388

    Fax: +44 (020) 7633 2389 


    How to reach the IPIECA Secretariat

    View a map of our office.

  • How can I contact a specific working group or task force?

    Please visit our Secretariat page to find contact details.