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

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. 



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.

0.15 CEUs offered.


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