Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Management in the Oil and Gas Sector

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has recently published a “Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Management in the Oil and Gas Sector”. The document was prepared by Carbon Limits and has been subject to a broad review process by government institutions, non-governmental organizations and oil and gas related industries.

The document provides guidance for developing and implementing effective practices for monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. It also provides guidance on remediation practices. The document is meant to serve as a resource for a broad audience, including owners and operators of oil and gas facilities and policymakers at all levels of government. Its discussion of MRV and mitigation opportunities is intentionally “principles-based”, recognizing that conditions vary greatly across oil and gas facilities and that legal, political and institutional aspects differ by jurisdiction.

The guidance also includes overview of typical emission sources along the oil and gas value chains as well as technologies available to detect and quantify methane emissions. Separate from the document itself UNECE will publish a number of best practice case studies. Please visit: webpage dedicated to BPG where at the bottom of the page under the bookmark “Best Practice Guidance” you can find a pdf of a pre-publication version of the document