Calendar2 November 2023

The Ipieca sustainability article round-up showcases recent sustainability-related achievements, projects and news from Ipieca members, demonstrating their support for the Ipieca Principles around advancing environmental and social performance across the energy transition. We also highlight initiatives from our partner organizations and share insights from key United Nations meetings.

Low-carbon products and solutions take centre-stage in the October round-up as we lead up to COP28 at the end of November. In addition to member initiatives, we share insights from ADIPEC and progress from the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative. We also highlight a new partnership for enhanced health from Eni, a partnership to commercialise OMV’s plastics circularity solution, and insights from the Ipieca Biodiversity and ecosystem services peer-to-peer workshop.

Member sustainability articles


bp subsidiary starts up first of its kind renewable natural gas plant

bp's Archaea Energy has opened its Archaea modular design renewable natural gas plant in Medora, Indiana. Situated next to a landfill, the plant captures landfill gas and converts it into renewable natural gas, electricity and heat. The Medora plant has the capacity to process 3,200 cubic feet of landfill gas per minute, enough to heat over 13,000 homes annually.

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ENEOS to work with HIF Global to accelerate eFuels production

HIF Global, a leading eFuels company, and ENEOS have signed a cooperation agreement to promote the sale of carbon-neutral fuel in Japan. It includes the supply of eFuels produced in South America, USA and Australia to ENEOS, as well as exploring the development of a carbon dioxide supply chain and eGasoline and jet fuel production facilities in Japan.

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Supporting the health of people and communities through health research

Eni and Dompé farmaceutici have signed a letter of intent to initiate collaborative research and development efforts focused on public health in areas where Eni operates, as well as other global health issues. The partnership aims to accelerate the discovery of new medicines and vaccines to address future healthcare emergencies. The collaboration also includes research on health security related to new energy supply.

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Construction of one of world’s largest CO2-methanation test facilities commences

INPEX and Osaka Gas have commenced construction of one of the world's largest CO2-methanation test facilities, capable of producing 400 normal cubic metres of methane per hour, equivalent to the daily consumption of about 10,000 households in Japan. The project is part of a joint technical development initiative aimed at carbon-neutralizing gas through CO2 methanation, with a demonstration test involving synthetic methane production scheduled for 2025.

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OMV and Wood collaborate to commercialise circular economy solution

OMV has signed a global commercial licensing agreement with Wood for OMV's ReOil® technology. ReOil is a patented chemical recycling process that converts end-of-life plastic waste into pyrolysis oil, which can replace conventional feedstock and enable circularity of plastics.

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Oxy and ADNOC to commence preliminary study of direct air capture facility in the UAE

Oxy's subsidiary, 1PointFive, and ADNOC are collaborating on a preliminary engineering study to build a 1 million tonne-per-year direct air capture (DAC) facility in the UAE, marking the first megatonne-scale DAC project outside the United States. The initiative aims to assess the feasibility of using DAC technology to further carbon management efforts in line with global climate goals.

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SLB launches methane measuring instrument

SLB has unveiled its advanced methane point instrument, a self-installed, internet of things-enabled monitoring system for detecting and quantifying emissions in oil and gas operations. This cost-effective and scalable technology aims to help the industry achieve more accurate and continuous methane monitoring.

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Ipieca insights and partnerships

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ADIPEC 2023 highlights industry commitment to climate solutions

Ipieca Executive Director Brian Sullivan reflects on an ADIPEC event which combined climate ambition with on the ground industry solutions.

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Ipieca biodiversity workshop brings together energy professionals to share knowledge and build capacity

The three-day Biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) peer-to-peer workshop, run by Ipieca, facilitated by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and hosted by PETRONAS in Kuala Lumpur, brought together 60 energy industry professionals from 16 companies to drive awareness and uptake of BES management good practices.

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Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)

OGCI Annual Report shows companies ramp up low-carbon investment, reduce emissions

According to OGCI’s annual progress report, the 12 member companies have collectively halved absolute upstream methane emissions and cut carbon intensity by over a fifth compared with the 2017 baseline. Support for the ‘Aiming for Zero Methane Emissions’ initiative now numbers over 90 companies, and work to advance CCS hubs has emit around 1 gigatonne of CO2 a year.

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