Oil & Gas Sector

The GMI Oil & Gas Subcommittee focuses on identifying and deploying practical and cost-effective methane mitigation technologies and practices. The Subcommittee’s objective is to reduce or eliminate emissions from oil and natural gas systems by encouraging collaboration between Partner Countries, Subcommittee members, and Project Network members. Through engagement, the Subcommittee aims to build capacity, develop strategies and markets, and remove technical and nontechnical barriers to methane mitigation project development. Ultimately, this support can increase environmental quality, improve operational efficiency, and strengthen the economy from additional methane brought to market.

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For a complete list of available oil & gas resources, including technical documents, presentations, and tools, please visit the resources page.

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Identifying and Evaluating Opportunities for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation & Operational Efficiency Improvement at Oil and Gas Facilities (2020)

This document presents introductory guidance on a pragmatic, integrated approach to identifying, evaluating, and advancing cost-effective, high-impact opportunities to manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use at oil and natural gas facilities. The focus is primarily on key sources of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). The primary audience for this document includes company managers, facility operators, and relevant service providers outside of North America (particularly where other regulatory guidance for GHG reductions and energy management may not be available).

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Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Management in the Oil and Gas Sector: Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and Mitigation (2019)

This document is intended to be a resource for facility owners, operators and government policymakers. The purpose of this document is to provide information about cost-effective measures for detecting and mitigating methane emissions along the full oil and gas value chain at the company- and national-level. Guidance for developing and implementing practices for monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) methane emissions is also provided.

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Upcoming Events

GMI Oil & Gas Subcommittee Meeting, 22 March 2023

22 March 2023, Geneva, Switzerland

The GMI Oil & Gas Subcommittee meeting will be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) 10th Session of the Group of Experts on Gas. There is no registration fee for this event.

Additional details about the Oil & Gas Subcommittee meeting, including the agenda and instructions for how to register, will be posted here as they become available.

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10th Session of the Group of Experts on Gas

23–24 March 2023, Geneva, Switzerland

The Group of Experts on Gas helps UNECE member States deliver on key political commitments, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. This event will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 23-24 March 2023.

The event will focus on:
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Hydrogen
  • System resilience and security of supply
  • Methane emissions
  • Carbon capture and storage.

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PTAC Methane Leadership Summit

26–27 April 2023, Banff, Canada

Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) is hosting the 2023 Methane Leadership Summit from 26-27 April 2023, at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta. This 2-day event will continue the momentum generated from the annual methane forum launched in 2018 and will bring together a multitude of stakeholder groups operating within the oil and gas industry, including government organizations, regulatory bodies, oil and gas producing companies, service and supply companies, research centers, and academic institutions, and will focus on the significant challenges facing the Canadian oil and gas industry related to methane emissions reductions targets.

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2nd Methane Emissions Reduction in Oil & Gas Sector

29–30 May 2023, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The 2nd Methane Emissions Reduction in Oil & Gas Sector conference will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 29-30 May 2023. At this conference, experts and decision-makers in methane emission detection and reduction from leading global oil and gas companies will discuss the latest trends, technologies, regulations, and best practices.  We welcome experts in smart gas leak detection, LDAR, measurement, surveying, and more with the aim to tackle and brainstorm on challenges they face and learn the best practices from peers.

The conference will address many topics relevant to GMI, including:
  • Smart methane leakage detection
  • EU legislative prospective for methane emission reduction
  • The cost implication of fugitive methane
  • Mitigation of leaks from underground gas pipelines
  • Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification of methane emissions

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Oil & Gas Subcommittee

Subcommittee Co-chairs

James Diamond, Chair
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)

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Representatives from 22 countries participate in the Oil & Gas Subcommittee.

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Oil & Gas Subcommittee Subcommittee Statement of Purpose
Oil & Gas Subcommittee Statement of Purpose

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