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IGU, IOGP and IPIECA join natural gas industry leaders to combat methane emissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (London, 2 May 2018)

(London, 2 May 2018) Global energy industry associations sign on to the Methane Guiding Principles to increase focus on reducing methane emissions across natural gas value chain.

The three global associations became Associate Signatories to the Methane Guiding Principles. While they do not have a mandate to enjoin their members, as Associate Signatories they will play an important role in encouraging the application of the Guiding Principles.

This commitment forms part of wider efforts by the global energy industry to ensure that natural gas continues to play a critical role in helping meet future energy demand while tackling climate change and improving air quality. Since natural gas consists mainly of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, its role in the transition to a low-carbon future will be influenced by the extent to which methane emissions are reduced.

“Numerous scientific studies have shown how important it is to quickly reduce methane emissions, so we can meet growing demand for natural gas while achieving climate change and clean air goals,” said Mark Radka, Head of UN Environment’s Energy and Climate Branch. “We’re delighted that the IGU, IOGP and IPIECA have become Associate Signatories to the Methane Guiding Principles.  These organizations can help extend the spirit and intent of the Principles throughout the natural gas value chain and report on the reductions achieved.”

The Guiding Principles focus on: continually reducing methane emissions; advancing strong performance across gas value chains; improving accuracy of methane emissions data; advocating sound policies and regulations on methane emissions; and increasing transparency.

“We are delighted to become an associate signatory to the Methane Guiding Principles” said Gordon Ballard, Executive Director of IOGP.  “This is well aligned with our mission as the global voice of the upstream oil and gas industry and consistent with our ongoing activities, in particular in areas of advocacy and transparency.”

To date, 11 companies have signed the Principles: BP, Eni, ExxonMobil, Gazprom, Qatar Petroleum, Repsol, Shell, Statoil, Total, Wintershall and Woodside.

The Guiding Principles were developed with a coalition of international institutions, non-governmental organizations and academics, including the Environmental Defense Fund, the International Energy Agency, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Climate Investments, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Sustainable Gas Institute, The Energy and Resources Institute and United Nations Environment.

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About the International Gas Union (IGU)

The International Gas Union (IGU) was founded in 1931 and is a worldwide non-profit organization aimed at promoting the political, technical and economic progress of the gas industry. The Union has more than 150 members worldwide on all continents, representing approximately 97% of the world gas market. The members of the IGU are national associations and corporations within the gas industry worldwide. The IGU organizes the World Gas Conference (WGC) every three years, with the forthcoming WGC taking place in Washington, D.C., United States, in June 2018. The IGU’s working organization covers all aspects of the gas industry from exploration and production, storage, LNG, distribution and natural gas utilization in all market segments.

About IOGP

The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) is the voice of the global upstream industry. Oil and gas continue to provide a significant proportion of the world’s energy to meet growing demands for heat, light and transport. IOGP Members produce 40% of the world’s oil and gas. They operate in all producing regions: The Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Caspian, Asia and Australia.

IOGP serves industry regulators as a global partner for improving safety, environmental and social performance.

IOGP also acts as a uniquely upstream forum in which members identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility.


IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. It develops, shares and promotes good practices and knowledge to help the industry improve its environmental and social performance and is the industry’s principal channel of communication with the United Nations.

IPIECA is the only global association involving both the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry.  Through its member-led groups and executive leadership, IPIECA brings together the collective expertise of oil and gas companies and associations responsible for around half of the world’s oil and gas production. Its unique position within the industry enables its members to respond effectively to climate and energy, environmental and social issues.

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