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Methane Emissions

Methane Emissions

Methane is a major contributor to climate change, given its higher warming potential compared to carbon dioxide. Methane emissions from the oil and gas sector come from a variety of operational activities across the value chain, making it important to identify, quantify and reduce these emissions and improve on limitations in the required technologies.

In 2020, ADNOC signed up to the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0 (OGMP 2.0)—a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition—to collaborate with peers and partners to improve industry standards for reporting methane emissions. OGMP 2.0 is the only comprehensive, measurement-based reporting framework for the global oil and gas industry that improves the accuracy and transparency of methane emissions reporting. We believe this collaboration will enhance both quality and transparency of methane data and develop effective policies and interventions to tackle methane emissions.

In October 2022, ADNOC announced its commitment to an upstream methane intensity target of 0.15% by 2025. The announcement coincided with the publication of the 2022 International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) report  which ranks ADNOC’s new target as the lowest in the Middle East and attains ADNOC the OGMP 2.0 Gold Standard status for having submitted high quality data and a clear and robust plan to achieve its methane emissions target. The new methane intensity target further reinforces our commitment to environmentally responsible production of low carbon energy and our support to the UAEs Global Methane Pledge.

By 2023, we aim to develop and implement a plan to test and deploy the latest in detection and quantification technologies, enabling ADNOC to move towards improved and continuous measurements at source-level. We will use the data to define baselines for further reduction and target reductions from major emitting sources, including flaring, combustions, and fugitive emissions.

We continue to reduce methane emissions through the use of flare gas recovery systems and regular leak detection and repair programs. Hand-held infrared cameras are used to detect small leaks of fugitive emissions and to prioritize our repair program.

We are also exploring pilot technologies such as satellite monitoring and deployment of drone-mounted sensors to enhance our monitoring of methane emissions.