Climate Series: Methane

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, with a Global Warming Potential over 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere over a twenty-year timeframe. Methane is responsible for about a quarter of today’s global warming (IPCC, 2013). If the world is to reach the 1.5°C (or even a 2°C) global temperature target, deep reductions in methane emissions must be achieved by 2030 as part of holistic efforts to meet climate goals under the Paris Agreement (IPCC, 2018). And because methane’s atmospheric lifespan is relatively short – 10 to 12 years – actions to reduce methane emissions can rapidly contribute to bend the curve away from dangerous warming, while also delivering air quality benefits.

The oil and gas sector is one of the largest man-made emission sources, estimated to be responsible for circa one-quarter of global anthropogenic methane emissions (IEA, 2020) The latest data shows that around 3.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas escaped into the atmosphere in 2012 from global oil and gas operations. This wasted gas translates into roughly $30 billion of lost revenue at average 2012 delivered prices, and about 3% of global natural gas production (EDF, 2015).

Join us in a series of webinars hosted by SPE, to receive a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of efforts being carried by leading O&G organizations to reduce methane emissions from the O&G industry. In collaboration with IOGP, OGCI, IPIECA, MGP and others, the series will cover a comprehensive set of topics, ranging from best practices available to voluntary mitigation efforts, the current status of policy & regulation to emerging technologies in detection and measurement-based quantification space. The webinars, in the form of lively dialogues between experts on methane emissions reductions in the O&G, will allow participants to ask and vote for the most relevant questions to be raised to the panelists.

  • SPE Gaia / OGCI / IPIECA / IOGP Climate Series eSessions – Methane | #4 | Satellite Measurements Data in Support to Detection and Quantification of CH4 Emissions

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/16/2021 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

    Today is public data with limited resolution, and high-resolution private data, in the future the new satellites will bring new levels of transparency to methane emissions in both public and private domains.

    In recent years great strides have been made in satellite detection of methane emissions. There are now a variety of satellites with a variety of methane sensors and detection capabilities in orbit and several more planned in coming years. Today is public data with limited resolution, and high-resolution private data, in the future the new satellites will bring new levels of transparency to methane emissions in both public and private domains.

    We have assembled a distinguished and expert panel working in this field to present and discuss what is possible and the impact this can have on the rapid mitigation of methane emissions. 

    Duration: 1.5 Hours

    This series of webinars between thought leaders on climate change in the O&G industry and the broader O&G industry around the world will be undertaken in an effort to deepen understanding around issues of climate change and receive feedback from the wider oil and gas industry on the energy transition. A series of virtual dialogues will be held over 2020 with global scope, to discuss sustainability around key topics such as CCUS, reducing methane emissions, collaborative action, etc.





    Sponsor:

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    The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative is a CEO-led consortium that aims to accelerate the industry response to climate change. OGCI member companies explicitly support the Paris Agreement and its goals. As leaders in the industry, accounting for over 30% of global operated oil and gas production, we aim to leverage our collective strength and expand the pace and scope of our transitions to a low-carbon future, so helping to achieve net zero emissions as early as possible. Our members collectively invest around $7B each year in low carbon solutions. OGCI Climate Investments, our $1B+ fund, invests in solutions to decarbonize sectors like oil and gas, industrials and commercial transport.

    Links to sponsor resources:

    OGCI Climate Investments – Webpage

    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative – YouTube Channel

    eSession Partners:

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    IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for advancing environmental and social performance. IPIECA convenes a significant portion of the oil and gas industry across the value chain, bringing together the expertise of companies and associations to develop, share and promote good practice and knowledge. IPIECA is the industry’s principal channel of engagement with the United Nations. Its unique position enables its members to support the energy transition and contribute to sustainable development.   

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    The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) is the voice of the global upstream industry. We serve industry regulators as a global partner and act as a uniquely upstream forum in which our Members identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility.

    Registration is free to all participants through the generous sponsorship of OGCI.

    0.15 CEUs offered.

  • SPE Gaia / OGCI / IPIECA / IOGP Climate Series eSessions – Methane | #3 | Policy Focus and Industry Action

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar introduces the policy context and the voluntary efforts from the O&G industry to reduce methane emissions.

    Tackling methane emissions across the full natural gas value chain requires international cooperation among industries, governments, civil society and NGOs. This webinar introduces the policy context and the voluntary efforts from the O&G industry to reduce methane emissions. The session will review two of the leading initiatives for methane emission reporting (OGMP2.0) and country-level target setting (GMA). In a third phase, OGCI will present its near-zero intensity target by 2025, progress to date, and broader support to engage with the rest of the Natural Gas value chain to reduce methane emissions. The session concludes with a Q&A with the audience.

    Duration: 1.5 Hours

    This series of webinars between thought leaders on climate change in the O&G industry and the broader O&G industry around the world will be undertaken in an effort to deepen understanding around issues of climate change and receive feedback from the wider oil and gas industry on the energy transition. A series of virtual dialogues will be held over 2020 with global scope, to discuss sustainability around key topics such as CCUS, reducing methane emissions, collaborative action, etc.





    Darcy Spady (Moderator)

    Managing Partner

    Carbon Connect International

    Darcy Spady is a professional engineer, independent director and technical advisor. He was the 2018 Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) president. Darcy is a founding partner of Carbon Connect International Inc.and has a 33-year career in the conventional oil, heavy oil and unconventional gas business on both the operator and service sectors the industry. Darcy is also an active grain farmer in Central Alberta and the industry chair for the Remediation & Reclamation program at Olds College. He is a Petroleum Engineering graduate from the University of Alberta

    Robert Kleinberg

    Senior Research Scholar

    Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy

    Robert L. Kleinberg is Senior Research Scholar at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy, and Senior Fellow at the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy.  His current interests include energy technology and economics, and environmental and regulatory issues associated with the oil and gas industry.  From 1980 to 2018, Kleinberg was employed by Schlumberger, the premier oilfield service company, attaining the rank of Schlumberger Fellow, one of about a dozen to have held this rank in a workforce of 100,000.  From 1978 to 1980 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory.  Kleinberg was educated at the University of California, Berkeley (B.S. Chemistry, 1971) and the University of California, San Diego (Ph.D. Physics, 1978).  Kleinberg has authored more than 120 academic and professional papers, holds 41 U.S. patents, and has invented several geophysical instruments that have been commercialized on a worldwide basis.  Kleinberg is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and serves on the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

    Manfredi Caltagirone

    Programme Management Officer

    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

    Manfredi Caltagirone leads UNEP work on methane emissions in the energy sector, including the International Methane Emissions Observatory. In UNEP, he was previously engaged in the establishment and operations of the Climate Technology Centre and Network under the UNFCCC. Prior to joining the UN Environment Programme, Manfredi worked as policy advisor on climate technologies at the Italian Ministry for the Environment. He has been a Research Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. Manfredi holds a J.D. from the II University of Rome, and a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. 

    Bill Kovach

    Air Manager and Global Expertise Team Lead

    Royal Dutch Shell

    Bill is the Air Manager and Global Expertise Team Lead for Shell, where he leads a team tasked with driving compliance across Shell on air emission commitments and requirements and positioning Shell to effectively respond to future air emissions-related risks and opportunities. Bill is passionate about delivering energy solutions that balance environmental and social implications against other business considerations. He strives to position business as a leader in developing innovative and sustainable solutions when realizing energy opportunities. Bill holds an environmental engineering degree from the University of Guelph.

    Beatrix Wieczorek

    External Sustainability Reporting Manager

    Royal Dutch Shell

    Beatrix has been working for Shell for 28 years in a variety of operational and corporate roles, and is currently based in Germany. She is part of a team that is responsible for performance reporting on sustainability metrics for the Shell Group. It is her role in particular to monitor external stakeholders’ expectations which are constantly evolving, and to collaborate across different departments to develop Shell’s reporting and disclosure strategy. It also includes leading and participating in several working groups of initiatives (e.g. OGCI) and trade associations (e.g. IPIECA). 

    Matthew Todd

    Program Director, The Environmental Partnership

    American Petroleum Institute (API)

    Since joining the American Petroleum Institute in 2001, Matthew’s focus has been air emissions across the supply chain of the oil and natural gas industry.  During his career, he has worked to better understand emissions and engaged during the development of numerous state and federal air regulations. He is now the Director of The Environmental Partnership, an industry-led voluntary program whose mission is the continuous improvement of the industry's environmental performance.  

    Julien Perez

    Strategy & Policy Vice President

    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)

    As Strategy & Policy Vice President of OGCI, Julien Perez is responsible for coordinating actions and commitments, developing external policy views, managing relations with institutions and external stakeholders, and providing strategic direction to drive the future development of the organization. 

    Previously, Perez was head of Climate & Energy Services at Ernst & Young, where he assisted private and public players in setting up and implementing low-carbon strategies. He also worked at Total where he coordinated climate change actions and at Aecom managing environmental liabilities for various industries. Perez holds an Environmental Engineering degree from Agro ParisTech, an Energy and Climate Economics degree from Dauphine and an advanced degree in climate change management from Yale. 

    Sponsor:

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    The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative is a CEO-led consortium that aims to accelerate the industry response to climate change. OGCI member companies explicitly support the Paris Agreement and its goals. As leaders in the industry, accounting for over 30% of global operated oil and gas production, we aim to leverage our collective strength and expand the pace and scope of our transitions to a low-carbon future, so helping to achieve net zero emissions as early as possible. Our members collectively invest around $7B each year in low carbon solutions. OGCI Climate Investments, our $1B+ fund, invests in solutions to decarbonize sectors like oil and gas, industrials and commercial transport.

    Links to sponsor resources:

    OGCI Climate Investments – Webpage

    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative – YouTube Channel

    eSession Partners:

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    IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for advancing environmental and social performance. IPIECA convenes a significant portion of the oil and gas industry across the value chain, bringing together the expertise of companies and associations to develop, share and promote good practice and knowledge. IPIECA is the industry’s principal channel of engagement with the United Nations. Its unique position enables its members to support the energy transition and contribute to sustainable development.   

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    The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) is the voice of the global upstream industry. We serve industry regulators as a global partner and act as a uniquely upstream forum in which our Members identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility.

    Registration is free to all participants through the generous sponsorship of OGCI.

    0.15 CEUs offered.

  • SPE Gaia / OGCI / IPIECA / IOGP Climate Series eSessions – Methane | #2 | Technology and Investment Focus

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The session will start with an overview of technologies available to the industry, and will then be followed by practical examples of solutions offered by service providers in the space.

    The private sector has a considerable role to play in supporting the development, testing & deployment of methane detection, measurement and mitigation technologies. In the third webinar of the SPE Climate Series, join us to review incumbent and emerging technologies to reduce methane emissions. The session will start with an overview of technologies available to the industry, and will then be followed by practical examples of solutions offered by service providers in the space. From the financial perspective, OGCI Climate Investments will present its recently announced 2020 call for investments for projects reducing methane emissions. The session will conclude in a panel discussion on the role of the private sector to support such technologies, as well as barriers and opportunities for rapid mitigation action. We are now planning a separate session on satellites, so we will move the opportunity for GHGsat, Kayrros and others to speak to that event.

    Duration: 1.5 Hours

    This series of webinars between thought leaders on climate change in the O&G industry and the broader O&G industry around the world will be undertaken in an effort to deepen understanding around issues of climate change and receive feedback from the wider oil and gas industry on the energy transition. A series of virtual dialogues will be held over 2020 with global scope, to discuss sustainability around key topics such as CCUS, reducing methane emissions, collaborative action, etc.




    Trey Shaffer

    Senior Partner, ERM & Vice Chair of the SPE Climate Advisory Committee

    ERM

    Mr. Shaffer is a regional upstream oil and gas sector leader and helps clients address a broad range of sustainability, environmental and safety challenges. Prior to joining ERM in 2003, Trey was the Director of Downstream Services for Boots & Coots International Well Control.

    In 2014, Trey was elected to the SPE International Board of Directors as the 2014-2017 HSSE-SR Technical Director. Trey was elected in 2016 as Vice Chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section. He was the co-chair of the SPE International 2016 HSSE-SR Conference in Stavanger, Norway. Trey supports numerous SPE activities globally and is a frequent speaker on environmental and sustainability topics.

    In 2010, he was recognized by the SPE Gulf Coast Section and received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the area of HSSE-SR. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 1987. He lives in Texas with his wife and three daughters.

    Daniel Palmer

    Deployment Manager

    OGCI Climate Investments

    Iain Cooper

    CEO

    SeekOps Inc

    Steve Deiker

    Co-founder and CEO

    Kairos Aerospace

    Dan Zimmerle

    Senior Research Associate

    Colorado State University

    James Mackey

    Managing Director, Project Capital

    OGCI Climate Investments

    Sponsor:

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    The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative is a CEO-led consortium that aims to accelerate the industry response to climate change. OGCI member companies explicitly support the Paris Agreement and its goals. As leaders in the industry, accounting for over 30% of global operated oil and gas production, we aim to leverage our collective strength and expand the pace and scope of our transitions to a low-carbon future, so helping to achieve net zero emissions as early as possible. Our members collectively invest around $7B each year in low carbon solutions. OGCI Climate Investments, our $1B+ fund, invests in solutions to decarbonize sectors like oil and gas, industrials and commercial transport.

    Links to sponsor resources:

    OGCI Climate Investments – Webpage

    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative – YouTube Channel

    eSession Partners:

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    IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for advancing environmental and social performance. IPIECA convenes a significant portion of the oil and gas industry across the value chain, bringing together the expertise of companies and associations to develop, share and promote good practice and knowledge. IPIECA is the industry’s principal channel of engagement with the United Nations. Its unique position enables its members to support the energy transition and contribute to sustainable development.   

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    The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) is the voice of the global upstream industry. We serve industry regulators as a global partner and act as a uniquely upstream forum in which our members identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility.

    Registration is free to all participants through the generous sponsorship of OGCI.

    0.15 CEUs offered.

    #TopicPresenter

    1

    Opening, problem setting


    Trey Shaffer
    Senior Partner
    Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
    Vice Chair of the SPE Climate Advisory Committee

    2

    Overview of technologies tackling methane emissions


    Daniel Palmer
    Deployment Manager
    OGCI Climate Investments

    3

    Reliable, Accurate and Timely Emissions Detection, Quantification and Reporting


    Iain Cooper
    CEO
    SeekOps

    4

    Superemitters: Big Leaks, Big Opportunities


    Steve Deiker
    Co-founder and CEO
    Kairos Aerospace

    5

    Thoughts on Future of Leak Detection and Repair


    Daniel Zimmerle
    Director, Methane Emissions Technology Evaluation Center (METEC)
    Colorado State University

    6

    Methane Mitigation Projects


    James Mackey
    Managing Director, Project Capital
    OGCI Climate Investments

    7

    Panel Discussion and Live Audience Q&A


    All + Audience
    8Final Thoughts
    Trey Shaffer

     

  • SPE Gaia / OGCI / IPIECA / IOGP Climate Series eSessions – Methane | #1 | Detection & Quantification in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar aims to differentiate detection from quantification programs, putting an emphasis on ongoing efforts to standardize testing of technologies, and outlining existing and under-development best practices and standards.

    Detecting, localizing & quantifying methane emissions is a critical step to decarbonize the Oil & Gas industry. This webinar aims to differentiate detection from quantification programs, putting an emphasis on ongoing efforts to standardize testing of technologies, and outlining existing and under-development best practices and standards. It concludes with practical examples from leading companies in that space of ongoing efforts carried to test & deploy technologies, and mitigation impact achieved to date.

    Duration: 1.5 Hours

    This series of webinars between thought leaders on climate change in the O&G industry and the broader O&G industry around the world will be undertaken in an effort to deepen understanding around issues of climate change and receive feedback from the wider oil and gas industry on the energy transition. A series of virtual dialogues will be held over 2020 with global scope, to discuss sustainability around key topics such as CCUS, reducing methane emissions, collaborative action, etc.



    Vanessa Ryan (Moderator)

    Manager, Carbon Reduction

    Chevron

    Adam Brandt

    Associate Professor

    Stanford University

    Dr. Brandt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University.  His research focuses on reducing the greenhouse gas impacts of energy production and consumption, with a focus on fossil energy systems. Research interests include life cycle assessment of petroleum production and natural gas extraction. A particular interest is in unconventional fossil fuel resources such as oil sands, oil shale and hydraulically fractured oil and gas resources. He also researches computational optimization of emissions mitigation technologies, such as carbon dioxide capture systems. Dr. Brandt received his PhD from the Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley. 

    Arvind Ravikumar

    Assistant Professor

    Harrisburg University of Science & Technology

    Prof. Ravikumar directs the sustainable energy development lab at Harrisburg University in Pennsylvania. His group examines the future of oil and gas resources in a carbon constrained world and evaluates the role of new technologies in detecting and quantifying methane emissions. His work employs a combination of field work and simulation, and develops modeling tools such as FEAST to better understand the role of technology and innovation in addressing climate change. He routinely collaborates with US and international regulatory agencies, NGOs, grassroots organizations, and businesses to advance effective climate policy. 

    Steven Hamburg

    Chief Scientist

    Environmental Defense Fund

    In his role as chief scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund Steven Hamburg works to ensure that EDF’s advocacy is based on the best available science.  He currently coordinates studies on methane emissions from the global natural gas supply chain as Chief Scientific Officer of the International Methane Studies, which is part of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition/UN Environment.  He also co-chairs the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (joint project of Royal Society, The World Academy of Science, EDF) and serves on the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Division on Earth and Life Sciences Advisory Board as well as other university/government advisory boards.   

    Peter Evans

    Snr Engineering Product Owner - Methane

    bp

    Peter Evans is the Senior Engineering Product Owner for methane measurement at bp where he is accountable for defining the technology identification, selection and testing of the measurement systems that will underpin bp’s aim to install methane measurement at all our existing major oil and gas processing sites by 2023. He has worked for bp since 2012. Peter is a geochemist by training, with a PhD in isotope geochemistry and also holds an MBA in technology management. Prior to working for bp, Peter worked for the UK government establishing environmental measurement standards and at Imperial College where he supported the foundation of the Energy Futures Lab.  

     

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    Topic

    Presenter

    Time

    Hour CT (GMT)

    1

    Opening, problem setting

    Vanessa Ryan (Chevron)

    10’

    09h00 – 09h10 (15h00-15h10)

    2

    Introduction to detection and quantification 

    Adam Brandt (Stanford University) 

    15’

    09h10-09h25 (15h10-15h25)

    3

    Detection vs quantification technologies: Standardisation & Best Practices in development

    Arvind Ravikumar (Harrisburg University of Science & Technology)

    15’

    09h25 – 09h40 (15h25-15h40)

    4

    CCAC Methane Studies

    Steven Hamburg (Environmental Defense Fund, EDF)

    15’

    09h40 – 09h55 (15h40-15h55)

    5

    Practical Examples from bp

    Peter Evans (bp)

    15’

    09h55 – 10h10 (15h55-16h10)

    6

    Q&A from the audience

    Vanessa Ryan
    Adam Brandt, Arvind Ravikumar, Steven Hamburg & Peter Evans 

    15’

    10h10 – 10h25 (16h10-16h25)

    7

    Wrap up and Conclusion

    Vanessa Ryan (Chevron)

    05’

    10h25 – 10h30 (16h25-16h30)

     

    Sponsor:

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    The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative is a CEO-led consortium that aims to accelerate the industry response to climate change. OGCI member companies explicitly support the Paris Agreement and its goals. As leaders in the industry, accounting for over 30% of global operated oil and gas production, we aim to leverage our collective strength and expand the pace and scope of our transitions to a low-carbon future, so helping to achieve net zero emissions as early as possible. Our members collectively invest around $7B each year in low carbon solutions. OGCI Climate Investments, our $1B+ fund, invests in solutions to decarbonize sectors like oil and gas, industrials and commercial transport.

    Links to sponsor resources:

    OGCI Climate Investments – Webpage

    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative – YouTube Channel

    eSession Partners:

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    IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for advancing environmental and social performance. IPIECA convenes a significant portion of the oil and gas industry across the value chain, bringing together the expertise of companies and associations to develop, share and promote good practice and knowledge. IPIECA is the industry’s principal channel of engagement with the United Nations. Its unique position enables its members to support the energy transition and contribute to sustainable development.   

    image

    The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) is the voice of the global upstream industry. We serve industry regulators as a global partner and act as a uniquely upstream forum in which our members identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility.

    Registration is free to all participants through the generous sponsorship of OGCI.

    0.15CEUs offered.