Environment

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

The Environment Committee’s strategy focuses on three main areas, considering past performance and consultation with Environment Committee Members, as follows:

  • Supporting the transition to a lower carbon future whilst retaining access to hydrocarbon resources through the transition
  • Demonstrating operational excellence in environmental management
  • Conducting advocacy and outreach to our Members and external stakeholders supported by sound science/evidence

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.

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