Oil & Gas Sector

The GMI Oil & Gas Subcommittee focuses on identifying and deploying practical and cost-effective methane mitigation technologies and practices. The Subcommittee’s objective is to reduce or eliminate emissions from oil and natural gas systems by encouraging collaboration between Partner Countries, Subcommittee members, and Project Network members. Through engagement, the Subcommittee aims to build capacity, develop strategies and markets, and remove technical and nontechnical barriers to methane mitigation project development. Ultimately, this support can increase environmental quality, improve operational efficiency, and strengthen the economy from additional methane brought to market.

Recent Resources

For a complete list of available oil & gas resources, including technical documents, presentations, and tools, please visit the resources page.

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Identifying and Evaluating Opportunities for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation & Operational Efficiency Improvement at Oil and Gas Facilities (2020)

This document presents introductory guidance on a pragmatic, integrated approach to identifying, evaluating, and advancing cost-effective, high-impact opportunities to manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use at oil and natural gas facilities. The focus is primarily on key sources of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). The primary audience for this document includes company managers, facility operators, and relevant service providers outside of North America (particularly where other regulatory guidance for GHG reductions and energy management may not be available).

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Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Management in the Oil and Gas Sector: Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and Mitigation (2019)

This document is intended to be a resource for facility owners, operators and government policymakers. The purpose of this document is to provide information about cost-effective measures for detecting and mitigating methane emissions along the full oil and gas value chain at the company- and national-level. Guidance for developing and implementing practices for monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) methane emissions is also provided.

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Upcoming Events

GMI Oil & Gas Subcommittee Meeting, 22 March 2023

22 March 2023, Geneva, Switzerland

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The GMI Oil & Gas Subcommittee meeting will be held in person and virtually on Wednesday, 22 March 2023 from 14:00-16:00 CET (UTC+1) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) 10th Session of the Group of Experts on Gas (23 - 24 March). There is no registration fee for this event. Please note that there is no virtual option for the UNECE Group of Experts meeting.
If you are planning to attend the GMI Oil & Gas Subcommittee meeting in-person, you must also register with UNECE to ensure that you are accounted for in the UN system and issued a visitor pass to attend the meeting. There is no registration fee for this event. Please use this link to register with UNECE: https://indico.un.org/event/1002068/registrations/9549/.

GMI Oil & Gas Subcommittee Meeting
Wednesday, 22 March 2023
14:00 – 16:00 CET (UTC +1)


14:00 – 14:10

Welcome and Opening Remarks; Adoption of the Agenda

14:10 – 14:20

GMI Secretariat Updates

14:20 – 14:30

Oil & Gas Subcommittee Updates: Action Plan/Activities

14:30 – 15:00

Partner Country Updates

15:00 – 15:10

Discussion: Technical Topics of Interest to the Subcommittee

15:10 – 15:50

Presentations/Case Studies

15:50 – 15:55

Preview of the UNECE Group of Experts on Gas Meeting

15:55 – 16:00

Concluding Remarks and Next Steps; Adjourn

Logistical Information

Meeting Partner

The Group of Experts on Gas helps UNECE member States deliver on key political commitments. The event will focus on:
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Hydrogen
  • System resilience and security of supply
  • Methane emissions
  • Carbon capture and storage

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10th Session of the Group of Experts on Gas

23–24 March 2023, Geneva, Switzerland

The Group of Experts on Gas helps UNECE member States deliver on key political commitments, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. This event will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 23-24 March 2023.

The event will focus on:
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Hydrogen
  • System resilience and security of supply
  • Methane emissions
  • Carbon capture and storage.

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European Gas Conference

27–29 March 2023, Vienna, Austria

The European Gas Conference will take place in Vienna, Austria on 27-29 March 2023. During the conference, the group will assess the impact of the 2022/23 winter for Eastern and Western European gas markets and promote gas’ role on the journey to net-zero. The third day of the event will be complimented by the European Hydrogen Conference.

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PTAC Methane Leadership Summit

26–27 April 2023, Banff, Canada

Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) is hosting the 2023 Methane Leadership Summit from 26-27 April 2023, at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta. This 2-day event will continue the momentum generated from the annual methane forum launched in 2018 and will bring together a multitude of stakeholder groups operating within the oil and gas industry, including government organizations, regulatory bodies, oil and gas producing companies, service and supply companies, research centers, and academic institutions, and will focus on the significant challenges facing the Canadian oil and gas industry related to methane emissions reductions targets.

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5th Global LNG Forum

22–23 May 2023, Hamburg, Germany

The 5th Global Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Forum is an industry flagship event which gathers established industry experts and practitioners from different LNG sectors every year. Industry peers meet to share latest developments and challenges within their organizations, discuss future plans, technical solutions, and LNG market insights.

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Digital Oil & Gas Summit

24–25 May 2023, Lisbon, Portugal

The Digital Oil & Gas Summit gathers together 120+ of the industry’s key professionals and leading innovators together with EPCs, regulators, and technology providers to debate and discuss the issues shaping the industry.

Across two past-faced and highly interactive days in Lisbon, attendees will hear from our speaker panel of thought leaders who will be sharing strategic insights and practical, implementable strategies. Participate in interactive polling sessions, join roundtable debates and expand their networks through both structured and informal networking sessions. 

Key themes include:
  • Digital Twins & Immersive technology
  • Decarbonization & Sustainability
  • AI/ML
  • Robotics & Drones
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data and Device Security
  • Social Responsibility and workforce competence
  • Blockchain technology
  • Maintenance 4.0
  • Connectivity

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2nd Methane Emissions Reduction in Oil & Gas Sector

29–30 May 2023, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The 2nd Methane Emissions Reduction in Oil & Gas Sector conference will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 29-30 May 2023. At this conference, experts and decision-makers in methane emission detection and reduction from leading global oil and gas companies will discuss the latest trends, technologies, regulations, and best practices.  We welcome experts in smart gas leak detection, LDAR, measurement, surveying, and more with the aim to tackle and brainstorm on challenges they face and learn the best practices from peers.

The conference will address many topics relevant to GMI, including:
  • Smart methane leakage detection
  • EU legislative prospective for methane emission reduction
  • The cost implication of fugitive methane
  • Mitigation of leaks from underground gas pipelines
  • Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification of methane emissions

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Global Energy Show

13–15 June 2023, Calgary, Canada

The Global Energy Show will take place in Calgary, Canada and will address how we will supply energy to the world, using a clean approach for our planet. There is a clear need to transform our energy systems to be more sustainable, but there is no consensus on timelines for our net zero goals. The conference will elevate the conversation around integrated energy systems while informing policy and trillion-dollar investment decisions that require a new way of thinking and reshaping of a diverse and integrated energy sector.

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LNG 2023 World Conference

10–14 July 2023, Vancouver, Canada

The LNG 2023 World Conference will take place in Vancouver, Canada from 10-14 July. The largest global LNG industry conference and exhibition will provide a unique platform for the global LNG industry and key stakeholders to discuss, debate and showcase the latest industry developments and opportunities.

The conference program will present the industry’s leading issues, and the exhibition will host the ultimate industry marketplace.

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SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)

16–18 October 2023, San Antonio, Texas, United States

The SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) is the leading technical energy conference and exhibition for global E&P professionals. As the global energy map continues to shift, ATCE 2023 is focused on leading the discussions around innovation in energy and the technology developments that are building the upstream industry’s road to sustainable solutions and growth.

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Oil & Gas Subcommittee

Subcommittee Co-chairs

James Diamond, Chair
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)

Subcommittee Members

Representatives from 22 countries participate in the Oil & Gas Subcommittee.

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Oil & Gas Subcommittee Statement of Purpose

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