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Oil and gas industry guidance on voluntary sustainability reporting - 2010 update

January 2011

The first edition of the Oil and gas industry guidance on voluntary sustainability reporting has been the principal industry-specific framework for use by oil and gas companies reporting on environmental, health and safety, and social and economic performance. 

Now, IPIECA, API and OGP have together released a revised second edition of this formative document, which provides significant added guidance on reporting as an engagement process, including detailed “how-to” steps for reporters, clearer focus on assessing “material” issues, and improved technical indicators for use in reporting sustainability performance. 

The 2010 update draws on the very best technical expertise from within the industry to bring greater precision to indicator definitions and sustainability reporting protocols. This facilitates benchmarking and aggregation of data, enabling greater consistency with the aim of driving performance improvement across the industry. The update process included the candid insights and advice of an independent stakeholder panel of leading experts, as well as a public consultation process, to provide a broader perspective on reporting issues viewed as critical to those interested in global oil and gas operations.

Overall, the strengths of the 2005 edition remain: this is Guidance that has been developed for the industry by the industry.

Additional Information

To accompany the 2010 edition of the Oil and gas industry guidance on voluntary sustainability reporting IPIECA has developed a list of frequently asked questions for those seeking further information about reporting, the process and content of the Guidance and IPIECA’s relationship with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). A briefing presentation on sustainability reporting using the 2010 IPIECA, API and OGP Guidance has been developed to assist new reporters.

With the launch of the GRI Oil and Gas Sector Supplement in February 2012 IPIECA and GRI worked together to create two indexes which aim to help companies using each guidance document, or using one and starting to use the other, by ‘mapping’ where the guidance provided is aligned. Further information.

During 2011 and 2012 the Guidance has been endorsed by regional oil and gas industry associations from across the world:

  • American Petroleum Industry (API) co-author
  • African Refiners Association (ARA)
  • Regional Association of Oil and Gas Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARPEL)
  • The oil companies' European association for environment, health and safety in refining and distribution (CONCAWE)
  • Canadian Fuels Association
  • European Petroleum Industry Association (EUROPIA)
  • The Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP) 
  • International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) co-author
  • South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA)