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Sustainability article round-up: November 2021

The IPIECA sustainability 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 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. 

This edition covers a range of sustainability topics, with members advancing the pathways to net-zero emissions, exploring opportunities for the involvement of Indigenous Peoples in local oil and gas projects, supporting the conservation of migratory birds and more. We also share outcomes from COP26, OGCI Climate Investment’s series of articles on methane, and Global Environment Outlook business briefings from the UN Environment Programme.


Member sustainability articles

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

ADNOC to receive up to 100% of its grid power from nuclear and solar in 2022

In line with the UAE’s 2050 net-zero emissions target, ADNOC has signed an agreement which will see the company receive up to 100% of its grid power supplied by the Emirates Water and Electricity Company’s nuclear and solar energy from January 2022.

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Aramco

Aramco announces net-zero ambition

Integrated energy and chemicals company Aramco has announced its ambition to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions across its wholly-owned operated assets by 2050.

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Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Natural gas and oil development offers a pathway for Indigenous self-determination, economic reconciliation

In a new report published by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the relationship between Canadian oil and natural gas producers and Indigenous Peoples is explored, finding that even in difficult years for oil and gas, procurement from Indigenous-owned businesses has continued to increase. Other opportunities for Indigenous communities through resource development are highlighted as increased jobs, training and better housing, amongst others.

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Cenovus Energy and Suncor Energy

Oil Sands Pathways alliance outlines three-phase plan to achieve goal of net-zero emissions

The Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero initiative, an alliance between Canada’s five largest oil sands producers—including IPIECA members Cenovus Energy and Suncor Energy—has announced further details of its three-phased plan to eliminate 68 megatonnes of annual greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands production, in order to achieve its net-zero ambition.

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ConocoPhillips

Partnering to conserve key indicator species

ConocoPhillips is supporting several joint venture partnerships to help protect, study and understand migratory birds, known as ‘indicator species’ for the insight their experiences provide regarding the state of the ecosystem and threats and pressures against biodiversity.

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Eni

Eni and the International Renewable Energy Agency launch a partnership to accelerate the energy transition

The new three-year partnership between Eni and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) aims to promote renewable energy and advance the energy transition. Both parties hope to share knowledge and expertise on developing renewable energy in fossil fuel-exporting countries and explore solutions to barriers of private sector investments in renewable energy in countries where Eni operates.

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Neptune Energy

Neptune Energy and Environmental Defense Fund complete first-of-its-kind methane study in UK

Neptune Energy and Environmental Defense Fund have completed their study on the use of advanced drone technologies to measure methane emissions from an offshore platform. The results will be published in 2022, with the aim of establishing an accurate, scientific benchmark and develop best-practice for the industry.

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Shell

Shell announces new absolute emissions reduction target

To support its goal of being a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, Shell has set itself a new target to reduce absolute emissions by 50% by 2030, compared to 2016 levels. This covers all Scope 1 emissions from its operations, and Scope 2 emissions from the energy it uses.

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Partner sustainability articles

IPIECA and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

COP26: strive to keep 1.5°C alive

As the first opportunity since the Paris Agreement for countries to formally revise their nationally determined contributions, COP26 was expected to be the most significant since COP21. IPIECA takes a look at the pledges made in Glasgow, as well as the new initiatives, commitments and Glasgow Climate Pact.

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OGCI Climate Investments

Why it’s time to tackle methane and how to measure leaks

OGCI Climate Investments has launched a series of articles exploring the problem and opportunity presented by methane. The first two articles in the series address the properties of methane, the role of the oil and gas industry measuring in preventing leaks, and the key breakthroughs and technologies driving action and impact.

  1. Why it’s time to tackle methane
  2. In plane sight: how to measure methane leaks

United Nations Environment Programme

New briefs look at Global Environment Outlook findings through a business lens

A new series of ‘GEO for Business’ briefs from the United Nations Environment Programme provide guidance on a range of issues relevant to the future of business in the constantly evolving external context of environmental challenges and opportunities. Three briefs covering transformation and the role of business in circular economies and transforming food systems are available now, with two further briefs on climate resilience and sustainable finance coming soon.

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