Neptune Energy has joined the Aiming for Zero Methane Emissions Initiative, a project to cut emissions of the harmful greenhouse gas to near zero by 2030. Neptune’s support for the initiative complements its own ambitious target for zero methane emissions by the end of the decade.

Developed by the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), the initiative aims for methane emissions to be ‘treated as seriously as the oil and gas industry already treats safety: aiming for zero and striving to do what it takes to get there’.

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Signatories to the initiative aim to reach near zero methane emissions from their operated assets by the end of this decade, avoid methane venting and flaring, and report methane emissions annually and transparently. They are encouraged to introduce new technologies for methane monitoring, measurement and mitigation, and to support implementation of regulations to tackle methane emissions.

Measuring methane emissions with drones

The focus on introducing new technologies to monitor and mitigate methane emission builds on Neptune’s work with the Environmental Defense Fund to deploy advanced drone technologies to measure methane emissions at Neptune’s operated Cygnus platform in the UK North Sea. It also complements the company’s support of the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership and the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative.

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‘We already have one of the lowest methane intensities in the industry at 0.02 per cent and are on track to achieve our own target of zero methane emissions by 2030, so fully support this initiative,’ says Neptune Energy’s CEO, Pete Jones. ‘To achieve our targets, we are deploying a full range of initiatives that include using best available technologies to eliminate routine flaring, upgrading equipment and improving energy efficiency.’

Neptune joins existing signatories to the initiative including bp, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Repsol, Shell and TotalEnergies. The initiative is also open to companies and institutions who support its aims including Worley, IPIECA and Wood Mackenzie.

Picture: Neptune deploys advanced drone technologies to measure methane emissions at its Cygnus platform in the UK North Sea (by Neptune Energy).

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