Environment

We are dedicated to identifying and spreading good environmental practice wherever the upstream industry operates.

Our key work areas

Sound & Marine Life

Supporting research to help increase understanding of the effect of sound on marine life generated by oil and gas exploration and production activities.

Environmental management

This report provides a detailed overview of environmental management practices in the upstream oil and gas industry.

Environmental performance indicators

A summary of the main lessons collected from Member-submitted environmental performance data.

Environmental genomics research programme

Coordinating research aimed at exploring the application of eDNA-based analyses in environmental assessments and monitoring of oil and gas offshore and onshore operations.

Underwater Sound Research Database

This database helps to inform underwater sound Environmental Impact Assessment studies associated with exploration and production activities.

We also work with a variety of organizations including:

  • OSPAR
  • IMO
  • IWC

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.

Application of Remote Sensing Technologies for Environmental Monitoring

This report is designed to explain the value of remote sensing to environmental professionals who have limited or no background in the technology. It is not designed as a user manual for remote sensing, but references are provided to allow the reader to obtain further detail where required. In terms of applications, this document does not cover polar or oil spill response applications of remote sensing (both of which have been covered by IOGP/IPIECA), and provides only a brief summary of atmospheric applications.

Risk Based Assessment of Offshore Produced Water Discharges

IOGP has developed this guidance to support broader understanding, acceptance, and consistent application of produced water risk based assessment techniques.

Produced water (PW) is the associated water produced with oil and gas from a reservoir. Following treatment, the water may be reinjected into the reservoir or discharged, subject to the quality of the water and regulations. The concept of Risk Based Assessment (RBA) is being adopted to assess PW discharges. RBA goes beyond end of pipe standards, providing a framework whereby the overall acceptability of the discharge can be assessed, and potential options identified to reduce risk and uncertainty. This document presents industry good practice and aims to broaden the understanding and acceptance of RBA techniques.

The Environment Committee

Objectives

The Environment Committee’s strategy focuses on the following main areas, considering past performance and consultation with our committee members:

  • Develop and promote good environmental practices to improve environmental and GHG performance.
  • Sponsor and undertake scientific investigations, analyses and research to develop appropriate risk management approaches.
  • Develop and advocate the industry’s position to inform regulatory changes with environmental implications and enhance industry’s licence to operate.
  • Engage with regulators and relevant stakeholders to identify/address concerns, raise awareness and encourage fact-based decision.

Work areas

Committee activities include:

  • Ensuring continued access to new and known hydrocarbon sources
  • Environmental management and reporting
  • Gaseous emissions management
  • Monitoring regulatory developments and developing advocacy positions

In terms of regulatory advocacy, the Committee works with a variety of organisations: OSPAR, Barcelona, Abidjan Conventions, IMO

Structure

The Environment Committee has the following subcommittees and task forces:

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Working Group (jointly with IPIECA)
  • Environmental Data
  • Environment Regional Seas
  • Sound and Marine Life
  • CCS Monitoring (jointly with the Geomatics and Metocean Committees)
  • Drill Cuttings Management
  • Energy Efficiency Indicator
  • Habitat Retention Phase 2 (jointly with Decommissioning)
  • Mediterranean
  • Methane Recommended Practices (with IPIECA and OGCI)
  • Microplastics
  • Risk-Based Assessment for Produced Water
  • Arctic Network

Contact

The Environment Committee is chaired by Charles Wood, Shell; Peter Oliver, Chevron.

Vice-Chairs are ]Paola Pedroni, Eni; Dina Kuykendall, Baker Hughes; Ian Sealy, Schlumberger

Management Committee sponsors are Giorgio Guidi, Eni; Mauricio Diniz, Petrobras; Troels Albrechtsen, Total

IOGP Environment Director: Harvey Johnstone hj@iogp.org

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