The Ipieca Principles
The first two of the eight Ipieca Principles, a condition of Ipieca membership, are:
- Support the Paris Agreement and its aims.
- Advance emissions reduction and innovation and enable adoption of low-carbon products and solutions across oil, gas and/or alternative energy.
Our interconnected strategic pillars of climate, nature, people and sustainability
Ipieca has a unique and important role to play in supporting a just energy transition. We bring our members together with stakeholders in the UN, NGOs, civil society and academia to work on the interconnected areas of climate, nature, people and sustainability, in a holistic way, enhancing our impact and supporting the delivery of a net-zero emissions future that leaves no one behind.
Ipieca works to address climate change
Since 1988, Ipieca has developed and shared good practice guidance and tools to reduce greenhouse emissions (GHG), enhance energy efficiency and support the sustainable scale up of energy transition solutions. Click here to see Ipieca guidance which advances a net-zero future that leaves no one behind.
Reducing operational emissions
Ipieca develops and shares practical guidance to reduce GHG emissions across the production, refining and transportation of oil and gas, supporting the industry to be part of a net-zero future by producing the energy the world needs with less emissions.
The most cost-effective method of reducing GHG emissions is to reduce energy consumed. The Ipieca-IOGP compendium of energy and GHG efficient technologies and practices raises awareness and uptake of energy efficiency technologies and practices for use across the industry value chain.
Raising awareness and support for low-emissions pathways and initiatives
Ipieca supports its members and industry to understand technologies and practices, such as carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and carbon offset - which can support them to lower their emissions - through producing awareness briefs, hosting multistakeholder workshops, organizing peer to peer learning sessions and running webinars. Ipieca also supports the work of global multi-stakeholder initiatives and partnerships aimed at driving down emissions.
Ipieca’s Net-zero Emissions Task Force shares knowledge and good practice to support members on setting and communicating net-zero emission targets as well as measuring and reporting progress. It also focuses on educating and informing stakeholders on different tools and pathways to achieve net-zero emissions targets.
Cleaner fuels and products
To support the industry to produce and supply cleaner, better performing fuels, Ipieca develops good practice on technological and management solutions to reduce emissions across the production, refining and transportation of oil and gas.
Ipieca is a founding member of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), which focuses on air quality improvements through improved vehicle emissions standards and associated lower-sulphur fuels.
We have long been an International Maritime Organization (IMO) observer and partner with the IMO on a range on initiatives. Our current focus is on supporting its analysis of life cycle GHG emissions of shipping fuels and the development of lower-carbon shipping fuels. We also work with a wide range of associations and stakeholders to identify ways to make cleaner marine fuels more readily available to ship owners around the world.
Ipieca has observer status with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Ipieca’s role is to provide the ICAO with technical inputs on life cycle analysis of aviation fuels, including their processing, as well as analysing other sustainability criteria, including human rights, biodiversity, resources availability and supply chain issues related to their development.
Supporting the sustainable scale up of renewables
The scale up of alternative energies such as wind, solar and biofuels, necessary if we are to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, need to take into account climate, environmental and social risks associated with their development and use.
Ipieca is committed to advancing environmental and social performance across the energy transition. With its broad scope and knowledge base across climate, environmental, social performance and sustainability issues and a membership that includes companies making significant investments in alternative energy technologies, Ipieca is uniquely positioned to support the sustainable scale up of alternative energies.
Ipieca’s core role is to develop and share knowledge and good practice. Our Environmental and social good practice for the energy transition: a compendium of Ipieca good practices highlights Ipieca guidance and tools which can help alternative energy developers advance the environmental and social performance of their operations. In line with Ipieca’s vision and strategy, all Ipieca guidance and tools are now developed to support oil, gas and alternative energy projects.
Nature-based solutions (NbS) are one of the mitigation strategies for climate change and a key enabler of the energy transition, providing simultaneous benefits to human well-being and biodiversity.
Ipieca leverages members’ expertise and collaborates with external stakeholders to enhance the sustainable scale up of NbS. Ipieca is uniquely positioned to explore the cross-cutting environmental and social aspects of NbS and enable companies to address local and global risks and opportunities associated with climate change.
Data and reporting
The collection of accurate and transparent data on CO2 and methane emissions are essential to driving emissions reductions. We provide guidance on how to measure and report on GHG emissions, including Scope 3, as well as climate governance, lower-carbon technology, energy use and flared gas.