Enhancing the understanding of the contribution oil and gas make as well as the critical role the oil and gas industry plays in the energy transitions to a low carbon energy future.


Enhancing the understanding of the contribution oil and gas make as well as the critical role the oil and gas industry plays in the energy transitions to a low carbon energy future.

For almost fifty years, the IOGP has been a proactive voice for the upstream oil and gas industry. Since our earliest days, we have used that voice to advocate for policies that support our members, so that they can provide the safe, secure energy supplies that society needs.

Much of our advocacy work involves policy and regulation, on topics such as safety standards or the transition to a low carbon future. We aim to voice our view – in an open, transparent forum – before decisions are made, advocating for our members’ views before elected officials make their judgement.

We are committed to sharing sound data and expertise to help regulators and governments develop new policy frameworks that help support new objectives in everything from climate to safety to the environment.

We know that the next few years are going to be challenging for our industry. And that we will need to intensify our advocacy work as the geopolitical landscape continues to shift rapidly and society moves through the energy transition.

Advocacy highlights

Energy Transition

The challenge of climate change is surely the greatest challenge of our generation.
We welcomed the 2015 Paris Agreement, and, as a society we face multiple pathways to reach its objectives. Many of which require difficult choices to be made.

That’s why advocacy based on sound data is so important.

Our Energy Transition Directorate is working to help the oil and gas industry accelerate the implementation of low carbon projects and operations and support the need for:
• Standardization, rapid adoption, and repeatability to quickly implement low carbon projects and practices across the whole industry
• Transformative lower carbon technologies for new and existing assets

The role of oil and gas in a transitioning world

The oil and gas industry works to reduce emissions and help the world reach the Paris Agreement objectives.

Related advocacy

In Europe

In Europe, IOGP plays a critical part in helping to secure the transitional role of gas in the EU’s Sustainable Finance framework. As a direct result of our advocacy we have helped ensure that investments in gas-related activities will not be subject to discriminatory conditions. This is an important milestone given the ongoing situation in Ukraine and its impact on gas supplies across Europe.]

Other advocacy work in Europe has influenced the EU decision to exclude plugged and abandoned oil and gas wells in its revisions to the Methane Regulation proposal, and aligning Members on a joint ambition for carbon capture and storage in Europe.


For many years, we have advocated for strong but fair safety regulation and our long-term goal remains the same: to eliminate fatalities and the release of major accident hazards.

We do this through hosting workshops with Members, meeting with regulators and Trade Associations, to help our industry share knowledge and drive improvements in safety.

Life-saving rules

IOGP’s Life-Saving Rules provides workers in the industry with the actions they can take to protect themselves and their colleagues from fatalities.


JIP33 Industry Days and online webinars boost dialogue on greater standardization and collaboration, helping enable the supply chain to become better, cheaper and faster, making the industry more competitive and a more attractive investment proposition.

Our Geomatics Committee works with international bodies to help develop and adopt standards to manage Coordinate Reference Systems. It also organizes Industry Days and online webinars, helping to grow our status as a geomatics authority within the energy industry.

JIP33 Phase 3


Initiated in 2016 – with support from the World Economic Forum – in response to overruns on costs and scheduling of more than 40%.


As an industry, we must decommission oil and gas assets in a responsible way. But we also need practical, achievable decommissioning policies and regulations.

Our Decommissioning Committee helps Members plan, fund and deliver decommissioning projects that are safe, responsible and efficient, and advocates for risk-based decommissioning that considers both technology and evidence-based science.

Around the world, the Committee responds to new policies and participates in guideline reviews. It works with a host of regulatory bodies such as OSPAR and the International Maritime Organisation. And our work is backed by technical reports, and position and response papers.

Representing the industry, globally

IOGP has observer statuses to represent the industry at many regional and international organizations including Regional Seas Conventions – OSPAR (Oslo-Paris convention for the NE Atlantic), Barcelona (Mediterranean), Abidjan conventions – IMO, London Convention/Protocol and others.

Promoting the benefits of oil and gas

Although the major use of petroleum is for fuel, and petroleum and natural gas are often employed to generate electricity, there are many other uses. We have created infographics and webpages to show these uses and help increase understanding of how the oil and gas industry works and the role it plays in society, today and into the future.

72 uses of oil and gas

Whether as a fuel or a feedstock: oil is an integral part of your daily life.

Related advocacy

Women in energy

In 2021, we launched the “Women in Energy” series to promote women’s careers and expertise across the energy sector.

Women are on the frontline of the energy transition. As the oil and gas sector moves towards a sustainable future, IOGP wants to showcase the women who are fundamental to shaping the future of energy.

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