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IPIECA's 40th anniversary (1974 - 2014)

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of the foundation of IPIECA. Over the last four decades the association and its members have enabled continued improvements in the global oil and gas industry’s environmental and social performance.

IPIECA was formed by the industry in 1974 to act as a channel of communication with the then recently formed United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Growing from a small group of founding companies, today we have 36 members operating across 146 countries and covering over half the world’s oil and gas production.

Since its foundation, IPIECA has deepened its interaction with UNEP and established relationships with other UN bodies including the International Maritime Organisation, UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights.

IPIECA develops and shares good practice in the areas of climate and energy, environment and social responsibility. Our activity now involves over 550 industry experts working together towards the vision of an industry that improves its operations and products to meet society’s expectations of environmental and social performance.

Looking forward, IPIECA will continue to play a leadership role for the industry on environmental and social issues by enabling improved performance through providing tools and guidance; informing key stakeholders proactively about industry progress and positions; and anticipating and responding to emerging issues.