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Calendar20 April 2021
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Accelerating action: an SDG Roadmap for the oil and gas sector (Roadmap) is an initiative led by Ipieca, the global oil and gas industry association for advancing environmental and social performance, in collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

The Roadmap identifies how Ipieca, as an industry association, and oil and gas companies working within the sector, can work towards a low-emissions future while contributing to a healthier and more prosperous world aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Roadmap builds on the foundations of the 2017 Ipieca-UNDP-IFC Mapping the oil and gas industry to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas (the Atlas), by presenting a series of impact opportunities which focus on where the sector can maximise its contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These impact opportunities involve scaling up good practices in environmental and social performance and building on innovative partnerships, while recognising the importance of the energy transition in the world’s aim to achieve net-zero emissions under the Paris Agreement.

The Roadmap includes actions for Ipieca as well as suggestions for action for companies within the sector to help guide, inform and influence decision-making within their businesses. It is hoped that the Roadmap will be used to inspire collaboration within the industry, convening the sector to help realise the ambitions of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. Ipieca also hopes that the Roadmap will foster collaboration throughout the supply chain and stimulate cross-sectoral cooperation to amplify SDG impact.

Collaborating to accelerate action

Achieving the SDGs by 2030 requires unprecedented collaboration among governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and local communities. The interrelated nature of the SDGs highlight the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement. Collaborative efforts within and beyond the oil and gas sector can allow for synergies to be adopted and delivery of the SDGs to be accelerated.

With a global membership covering the full oil and gas value chain, Ipieca has the capacity to convene the sector around a wide range of issues relating to climate, nature, people and sustainability. Ipieca’s non-lobby status enables the association to develop its long-standing and trusted relationship with the UN, build powerful cross-sector partnerships, and facilitate the sector’s relationships with IGOs, academia and NGOs.

The Roadmap is part of Ipieca’s ongoing effort to align the sector around the SDGs. Ipieca will continue to coordinate with industry bodies and form new alliances and partnerships to support the sector in realising the impact opportunities identified in this Roadmap.

Endorsing quotes

  • bpChevron-down

    'The Ipieca-WBCSD SDG Roadmap for the oil and gas sector recognizes the need for action on sustainability, the role for companies in contributing and the importance of collaboration. bp also recognizes this and is in action including working towards delivering on our net zero ambition and recently launching our new aims on improving people’s lives and caring for the planet.'

    Ivanka Mamic Senior Vice President for Sustainability, bp

  • ExxonMobilChevron-down

    'The United Nations has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve significant progress on global economic, social and environmental challenges by 2030. Although directed at governments, the private sector and civil society play an important role in support of governments’ national plans. ExxonMobil contributes to 17 SDGs and welcomes the guidance provided in the Ipieca-WBCSD SDG Roadmap for the oil and gas sector, as the industry’s energy and products are integral to sustainable development.'

    Jerry Wascom Vice President, Operations Excellence – Safety, Security, Health & Environment, ExxonMobil

  • RepsolChevron-down

    'We have supported the 2030 Agenda since its approval in 2015 and we are working to implement it in all our activities on our path to achieving zero net emissions by 2050. Our commitment to the UN SDGs is an opportunity for promoting innovation and all available technologies as indispensable tools to respond to an energy transition that requires the collaboration of all stakeholders. Repsol’s support for these objectives is a clear example of our firm commitment to science and the progress of society. Now is the time to act, and the Ipieca-WBCSD SDG Roadmap for the oil and gas sector offers important guidelines for reaching the targets.'

    Josu Jon Imaz Chief Executive Officer, Repsol

  • SLBChevron-down

    ‘The UN SDGs really help us translate our corporate programmes into social and environmental sustainability initiatives that are locally relevant. The Ipieca-WBCSD SDG Roadmap for the oil and gas sector will support our ongoing effort to empower our local teams in focusing on what matters to them. And, we're proud of our contributions in helping to build the Roadmap.’

    Lees Rodionov Director–Sustainability, SLB

  • ShellChevron-down

    'Shell welcomes the UN SDGs and will play our part in helping governments and societies to achieve them. They were one of the considerations in the development of our Powering Progress strategy, which integrates sustainability with our business strategy. Achieving the SDGs will require unprecedented collaboration and collective action. Projects like the roadmap are a valuable contribution to help inspire the sector to accelerate progress.'

    Harry Brekelmans Projects and Technology Director, Executive Committee Member, Shell

  • TotalEnergiesChevron-down

    'Our century’s main challenge is to bring more energy with less emissions. The Ipieca-WBCSD SDG Roadmap for the oil and gas sector will help the O&G sector identify the much-needed transformations that should be embraced to achieve a fair transition. At TOTAL, we will seek to inspire our sustainability journey with the roadmap and go beyond, as we are transforming our business model into a broad energy company with a clear ambition to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner, together with society. We will do so in keeping the care for People and Nature as strong focus areas for the company.'

    Manoelle Lepoutre Senior Vice President Civil and Society Engagement, TotalEnergies

  • Wintershall DeaChevron-down

    ''The Ipieca-WBCSD SDG Roadmap for the oil and gas sector is valuable in providing a common language and vision in supporting the SDGs. Wintershall Dea is committed to further drive the implementation of the Roadmap.'

    Mario Mehren Chief Executive Officer, Wintershall Dea

  • IpiecaChevron-down

    'In response to the critical need for SDG action, Ipieca in partnership with WBCSD have produced the SDG Roadmap for the oil and gas sector. Recognising the industry’s huge potential to support the SDGs, the Roadmap outlines short, medium and long-term actions - mapped against SDG targets – which go beyond business as usual and aim to catalyse the realisation of the goals.
    Achieving the SDGs by 2030 requires unprecedented collaboration. The Roadmap aligns the industry around the SDGs, presenting a shared vision for transformational action and a platform to form cross-sector partnerships and alliances to achieve the SDGs.'

    Brian Sullivan Executive Director, Ipieca

  • WBCSDChevron-down

    'WBCSD hopes that this important SDG Roadmap can help to establish a standard for global best practice with regard to how the oil and gas sector and its value chain can drive the transformations that are urgently needed to realise the ambitions of the SDGs on the road to 2030.'

    Peter Bakker President and Chief Executive Officer, WBCSD


Ipieca Executive Director, Brian Sullivan and WBCSD President & CEO, Peter Bakker comment on the Roadmap…


An overview of the Roadmap’s purpose, development, impact opportunities and implementation…

The oil and gas sector and the SDGs

The SDGs present the oil and gas sector with a tremendous challenge, and opportunity, to progress these shared global goals…

Impact opportunities

There are eight impact opportunities where Ipieca and oil and gas companies have the greatest potential to contribute to the SDGs…

The road to 2030

The success of the Roadmap is dependent on collective implementation …


The information within this document was developed under the auspices of IPIECA and WBCSD…

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