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UNECE is exploring current practices and technologies along the value chain in key energy-related extractive industries, namely coal, natural gas and oil. The approach includes four subject-specific pillars, each representing one of the relevant energy-related extractive industries, namely: Coal, Downstream Oil (processing through distribution), Downstream Gas, and Upstream Oil and Gas (i.e. exploration and production). The work is intended to be relevant at all levels such as facility-level, national-level, and international-level. 

Within the framework of the project for which UNECE received funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and which it conducts in close cooperation with the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) focus is given to three pillarsy, namely (1) Upstream Oil and Gas (2) Downstream Gas, and Downstream Oil. 

The objective of the project is to increase capacity of the UNECE Member States for measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) and to reduce methane emissions in Upstream Oil and Gas, and in Downstream Gas industries. 

Building Blocks 

The project will consist of four phases, each building on existing efforts.

Phase I

The first phase of the project focuses on identifying the scope and breadth of methane emissions in the Oil and Gas industries. This goal is to be achieved through the following activities:

• review of existing data on sources of methane emissions in Oil and Gas industries;

• preparation of a high level compilation of data relating to the estimated methane emissions from the Oil and Gas industries in UNECE member States;

• determination of the largest-emitting sources of methane in the Oil and Gas industries.

Phase II

Building upon the information gathered in the first phase, the second phase will review and assess current MRV systems on a range of scales (e.g. at the facility, national, and international levels), as well as available information regarding strategies, practices and/or technologies for MRV of methane emissions, such as national regulations and information from governments, industry, academia, and NGOs. The outcome of the assessment will be the identification of comprehensive best practices for MRV of methane emissions in the Oil and Gas industries.  

Phase III

The third phase, drawing from government and industry experience in addressing methane emissions, will identify best practices for reducing methane emissions in the Oil and Gas industries.

Phase VI

The fourth phase will consist of dissemination of the product (Best Practice document) developed in the on the basis of the findings from the second and third phases of the project (best practices and case studies for (1) MRV and (2) reduction of methane emissions in the Oil and Gas industries) through capacity building workshops and seminars.



Please find below (under a bookmark "First Draft") a first draft of the document for your review. The document is open for comments until Friday, 31 May 2019. All received comments will be posted on-line at this page under a bookmark  "Received Comments". Thank you for your help with preparation of the document.

How to submit comments

Comments may be submitted by e-mail.

Address for submissions: Please send your feedback to: michal.drabik[AT]un.org

Subject line: Please include “BPG Oil and Gas” in the subject line.

Documents' format: Comment letters are accepted as attachments in MS Word format (as separate files or in "Track Changes" mode in the First Draft document itself). 

Dates: Comments are accepted from Monday, 18 March 2019 until Friday, 31 May 2019.

Important: All comments will be made available to the public – anonymous submissions are not accepted. Comments sent via e-mail will be posted on the UNECE website. All comments received will be posted without change; personal identifying information will not be edited from submissions. Consequently, please submit only information that you wish to make available publicly.

Case Studies

Please note that you are invited to propose case studies to be included in final version of the document. 

A sample case studies is presented in the section of the document titled "Case Studies" that can be found at p. 47 of the first draft.

Please see below a non-exhaustive list of the themes for case studies that we invite you to  share with us:

MRV at a country levelMapping of the emissions sources and updated inventories for the selected country
MRV at the company levelReporting methane emissions
MRV at the company levelThe benefits of LDAR
Mitigation at a country levelDeveloping a regulation to address methane emissions from the Oil and Gas sector
Mitigation at the company level - UpstreamAddressing emission from reciprocating compressors
Mitigation at the company level - TransmissionMitigating emissions from gas transmission – Mobile compressor
Mitigation at the company level - DistributionMitigating emissions from gas transmission – Pipeline replacement
Mitigation - Public Private partnershipPublic Private partnership – Selected country’s experience 
LDAR – emerging technologyDetecting emissions from Drones

Project Document                                                                                 
Concept Note
Organizational Chart                                                                                                                                                               


Methane Management in Extractive Industries (Upstream Oil and Gas / Downstream Gas)
Mr. Torleif Haugland and Mr. Michal Drabik       


First Draft (for comments until Friday, 31 May)                                    

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


Received Comments