IOGP-IPIECA Report 254 – Environmental management in the upstream oil and gas industry

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This report is intended to function as a primer, or introductory document, to the fundamentals of environmental management as it is practiced in today’s upstream oil and gas industry.

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Joint IOGP-IPIECA Report 254 – Environmental management in the upstream oil and gas industry

This Report provides a detailed overview of environmental management practices in the upstream oil and gas industry. The guidance and techniques detailed in this Report are intended for use by oil and gas
professionals, governments, academics, and civil society organisations involved in environmental performance within the upstream segment of the industry. The primary focus of this Report is on managing the risk from potential impacts to the natural environment during exploration and production of oil and gas.



This publication has been one of IOGP’s most successful and most accessed publications over the past 20 years. The revised version emphasises topics that have developed or emerged in the industry since the original was released, including the relationship between environmental and social management, and the emergence of biodiversity and ecosystem services as a discipline. It is intended to function as a primer, or introductory document, to the fundamentals of environmental management as it is practised in today’s upstream oil and gas industry.

  • IOGP has partnered with IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for advancing environmental and social performance, for this edition.
  • The overview of the upstream oil and gas industry has been updated to reflect advancements in technology throughout the exploration and production lifecycle.
  • Environmental management approaches outlined in the report incorporate the latest international good practice for environmental management.
  • This edition includes a guide to identification and mitigation of environmental impacts processes, using the latest scientific knowledge regarding environmental impacts and best practice mitigation measures, with references to relevant IOGP and IPIECA publications.
  • The report discusses the regulatory frameworks within which the oil and gas operates.