The IPIECA monthly article round-up showcases recent sustainability-related achievements, projects and news from IPIECA members and organizations that IPIECA partners with, demonstrating their commitment to advancing environmental and social performance across oil and gas and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The March edition covers topics such as increasing Indigenous Peoples participation in Canadian supply chains, carbon negative bioenergy, and biodiversity conservation in Bolivia. We also feature articles from the International Maritime Organization on accelerating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature on mitigating biodiversity impacts in renewable energy projects.
Member sustainability articles
bp introduces new sustainability aims
Coinciding with the publication of its annual sustainability report, bp has set 10 new aims for a more holistic approach to sustainability integrating energy, environment, human rights, climate and social issues with the aim of caring for the planet and improving people’s lives.
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
New data shows the increasing role of Indigenous suppliers to Canada’s oil sands industry
A new survey by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has shown that spending on the procurement of services from Indigenous suppliers to the Canadian oil sands industry has increased by over 50% from 2017 to 2019, showing continued commitment from oil sands producers to invest in communities where they operate.
Chevron and Schlumberger
Chevron, Clean Energy Systems, Microsoft, and Schlumberger collaborate on carbon negative bioenergy
This new collaboration aims to produce carbon-negative power via bioenergy coupled with carbon capture and sequestration technology. Based in California, the proposed plant is forecasted to permanently sequester 300,000 tonnes of CO2 per year – the equivalent emissions from the electricity use of over 65,000 US households.
Equinor to develop world’s first net-zero industrial cluster on UK east coast
As part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Equinor and partners will develop three low-carbon projects, creating the world’s first net-zero industrial cluster by 2040. The Zero Carbon Humber; Net Zero Teesside and the Northern Endurance Partnership projects will deploy low-carbon hydrogen, gas-fired power, and carbon capture and storage technology.
Neptune Energy to pilot new offshore methane emissions measurement method
In collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund, Neptune Energy will test a first-of-its-kind approach for measuring oil and gas methane emissions at its Cygnus platform on the UK North Sea, using drone, aircraft and methane sensing technologies.
Qatar Petroleum joins the World Bank Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership in support of new Sustainability Strategy
Supporting the global effort to reduce routine gas flaring, Qatar Petroleum has joined the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, committing to the ‘Zero Routine Flaring by 2030’ initiative. The announcement aligns with Qatar Petroleum’s new Sustainability Strategy, which outlines the company’s emissions and flaring reduction targets, in addition to the 2030 flaring elimination goal.
Repsol paves the way for biodiversity conservation in Bolivia
Repsol has carried out pioneering biodiversity monitoring during construction of an exploratory well in Bolivia. Recognising the vital ecological significance of Bolivia, which is home to between 45-50% of the world’s biodiversity, Repsol launched the initiative to prevent, mitigate and offset adverse impacts on surrounding natural habitats and communities, acquiring knowledge essential to biodiversity and ecosystem services management.
Partner sustainability articles
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
GreenVoyage2050 project: States accelerate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping
Eleven IMO Member States have joined the IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 project, which aims to build capacity and support Member States to adopt IMO energy-efficiency measures and meet the ambitions of the IMO Initial GHG Strategy. The strategy includes a commitment from Member States to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping by at least 50% by 2050.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Mitigating biodiversity impacts in renewable energy projects
In partnership with Électricité de France, Energias de Portugal and Shell, IUCN has launched guidelines for project developers on Mitigating biodiversity impacts associated with solar and wind energy development. The guidelines are part of an effort to promote the application of the mitigation hierarchy and other best practice to reduce adverse impacts on biodiversity from onshore and offshore solar and wind projects.
Related IPIECA resources and news
Found these articles interesting? Learn more about the topics covered through IPIECA’s free good practice guidance, awareness briefings, webinars, news and blogs:
- IPIECA-API-IOGP Sustainability reporting guidance for the oil and gas industry
- IPIECA-UNDP-IFC Mapping the oil and gas industry to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas
- IPIECA Indigenous Peoples and the oil and gas industry: context, issues and emerging good practice
- IPIECA Local content
- Exploring low-emissions pathways: advancing the Paris Puzzle
- IPIECA Making the case for carbon capture and storage
- IPIECA-IOGP-GIE-MARCOGAZ Methane emissions glossary
- IPIECA Preparing effective flare management plans
- Biodiversity and ecosystem services fundamentals
- Biodiversity and ecosystem services horizon scanning report 2021
Carbon capture, utilization and storage webinar series:
- Achieving net-zero with hydrogen and carbon capture and storage
- The Net Zero Teesside project: advancing carbon capture, utilization and storage
- Carbon capture and storage: a history and outlook
- Carbon capture, utilization and storage: a key technology for the pathways to net-zero emissions
SPE-IPIECA- OGCI-IOGP methane webinar series:
- Detection and quantification in a rapidly evolving landscape - 17 March 2021 (access recording)
- Technology and investment focus- 31 March 2021, 15:00 BST
- Policy focus and industry action- 12 May 2021, 15:00 BST
- Satellite measurements data in support to detection and quantification of CH4 emissions - 16 June 2021, 15:00 BST
- 31 March 2021