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

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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


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

Steven Hamburg is Chief Scientist at EDF where he plays a leading role in the organization’s research efforts on climate change, methane emissions, systems ecology and more. Prior to joining EDF in 2008, Steven was an environmental science professor at the University of Kansas and Brown University. Steven served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was acknowledged as one of the contributing recipients of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has been a visiting fellow at Yale and Harvard Universities and earned both his M.F.S and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Peter Evans

Snr Engineering Product Owner - Methane


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.  






Hour CT (GMT)


Opening, problem setting

Vanessa Ryan (Chevron)


09h00 – 09h10 (15h00-15h10)


Introduction to detection and quantification 

Adam Brandt (Stanford University) 


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


Detection vs quantification technologies: Standardisation & Best Practices in development

Arvind Ravikumar (Harrisburg University of Science & Technology)


09h25 – 09h40 (15h25-15h40)


CCAC Methane Studies

Steven Hamburg (Environmental Defense Fund, EDF)


09h40 – 09h55 (15h40-15h55)


Practical Examples from bp

Peter Evans (bp)


09h55 – 10h10 (15h55-16h10)


Q&A from the audience

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


10h10 – 10h25 (16h10-16h25)


Wrap up and Conclusion

Vanessa Ryan (Chevron)


10h25 – 10h30 (16h25-16h30)




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

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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.   


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.


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