CCAC: Oil & Gas Methane Partnership


Name of initiative CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP)
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2014
End year
Secretariat Denise San Valentin, CCAC Secretariat,

UNEP Paris, 1 Rue Miollis, Paris France 75015

Organisational structure Steering Group members are the European Commission, Netherlands, Norway, United States, United Kingdom, UN Environment and Environmental Defense Fund;

Company partners are: BP, Ecopetrol, Eni, Equinor, Neptune Energy International SA, Pemex, PTT Public Company Limited, Repsol, Shell, Total S.A.

Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation UN Environment Paris
Type of lead organisation United Nations or Specialised agency
Location/Nationality of lead organisation France


Description The Oil an Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) is a voluntary initiative where companies can report on their methane emissions in a credible and transparent manner. Member companies commit to reporting on methane emissions from all sources at both operated and non-operated assets across the oil and gas supply chain at the highest level of accuracy and granularity. Member companies also commit to a reduction target that is periodically reviewed for its ambition.

A company joining the CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership voluntarily commits itself to survey for nine core sources that account for the bulk of methane emissions in typical upstream operations: 1. Natural gas driven pneumatic devices, pumps 2. Centrifugal compressors with wet (oil) seals 3. Glycol dehydrators 4. Well venting of liquids unloading 5. Casinghead gas venting 6. Fugitive equipment and process leaks 7. Reciprocating compressor rod seal/packing 8. Hydrocarbon liquid storage tanks 9 .Well venting/flaring during well completion for hydraulically fractured wells"

Objectives The OGMP aims to support companies in demonstrably reducing methane emissions from their operations. It does this by providing a credible framework for companies to report on their methane performance to stakeholders, and by working with companies to establish and achieve ambitious methane reduction targets.
Activities The CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership provides companies with a credible mechanism to systematically and responsibly address their methane. The CCAC conducted a year-long consultation process with experts from oil and gas companies, IPIECA, NGOs, reporting initiatives and other experts to develop the Partnership. The goal was to create a mechanism that met the accountability requirements of stakeholders and, at the same time, was implementable by companies and supported by governments. It has also won the endorsement of investor groups: In 2014, three international investor groups representing over $20 trillion in assets issued a joint statement calling on companies to join the CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership.

In the first three years of reporting, member companies reduced emissions an equivalent of 2 million metric tonnes of CO2e. In the last year, OGMP member company growth has exceeded 400%, now representing companies across the oil and gas supply chain with operations around the world. Furthermore, the European Commission announced the OGMP as the basis for improvements in its MRV, including considering the OGMP framework as the basis for upcoming legislative proposals.

One or two success stories achieved Ten companies are engaged in the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership representing more than 15% of the world market, with a total of 25,000 tons of methane emissions avoided over three years and over 1,260 technological changes reported by partner companies. The OGMP and CCAC's overall efforts to engage with the oil and gas sector greatly contributed to raise awareness on the issue among governments and companies. As a result, the methane landscape has changed. Through CCAC, a growing number of international oil and gas companies are taking initial voluntary steps to integrate methane management in their current and future operations and engaging their partners to raise awareness of the methane issue across the entire gas supply chain. Industry has also created its own platforms, such as the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), and the Methane Guiding Principles (MGP). Mexico, Canada and the US have already regulated these emissions and awareness about the benefits of reducing methane emissions grew among policy makers and the general public.

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Implementation
Activity of initiative Technical operational implementation (ex-post), Knowledge production and innovation
Technical operational implementation (ex-post) — Total Mitigation
Value (MtCO2e/yr)0,4
Goals Long-term objective: Significantly increase the number of oil & gas companies participating in the OGMP and following its protocols, and by so doing significantly reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector – one of the largest man-made source of methane emissions.

While participating companies are expected to eventually include all of their operated assets under the protocols of the OGMP, there is no minimum number or share of assets that a company must start with or maintain, and companies add new assets at their own pace. However, the requirement for companies to report annually the share of their assets participating gives them an incentive to add new assets at a reasonable pace. Companies help recruit other companies by emphasizing the advantages of collaboration on this issue, with opportunities to learn from each other.

Comments on indicators and goals Partner companies started implementing some of the reduction opportunities identified during surveys of their operations, resulting in emissions reductions of 25,000 tons of methane
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals The OGMP companies reports are yearly submitted in Spring and the OGMP annual reports are released in Autumn. The public summary versions of these reports may be found here:

Knowledge: Developed a non-competitive platform for common research on new low carbon cements, and to involve downstream users. Knowledge products: 10 Technical Guidance documents to address 'core' methane emissions sources. Partner companies have begun implementing identified methane reduction opportunities, resulting in some 25,000 tons of methane emissions avoided as of 2017. Each company covers the cost of its own participation, including investments it makes in mitigation projects, but the cost of such investments is not part of the company reporting. In addition, the dialogue created by the OGMP among the companies, NGOs and governments led to the recognition of the need for more data on methane emissions, which resulted in the creation of the Methane Science Studies of the CCAC.

How are you tracking progress of your initiative The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Secretariat has a Mineral Methane Initiative (formerly Oil and Gas Initiative) which serves as a Secretariat for the coordination, monitoring and administration of the OGMP. This Initiative also implements other activities such as the Oil and Gas Methane Science Studies, NDC Support and Black Carbon Technology Demonstration Project
Available reporting Companies are required to report annually after the first full year of membership. Public summary versions of the first company-specific annual reports may be found here:


Participants Number Names
Members 30  
Companies 10 BP (United Kingdom),Ecopetrol (Colombia),Eni (Italy),Equinor (Norway),Neptune Energy International SA - formerly EngieE&P (United Kingdom),Pemex (Mexico),PTT Public Company Limited (Thailand),Repsol (Spain),Shell (United Kingdom),Total S.A. (France).
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 5 United Nations Environment Programme (Kenya),  Environmental Defense Fund (USA),  the Global Methane Initiative (USA),  the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Initiative (USA).
National states 13 Australia,  Canada,  Colombia,  Nigeria,  United States of America,  Denmark,  European Commission,  France,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden,  United Kingdom,  Netherlands.
Governmental actors 1 the U.S. EPA’s Natural Gas Star programme (USA).
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 1 World Bank (USA).
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 10 March 2021 12:50:14

Not only have national states as participators