Stepping into Sustainability: 3 Ways the Oil, Gas and Chemical Industries are Preparing to Hit Net-Zero
Climate change and environmental services
Addressing Sustainability Roadblocks
As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference approaches (also known as COP26), the oil and gas industry continues to keep an eye on upcoming climate change challenges. As the pressure to adapt grows globally, a significant roadblock remains: Implementing a sustainability program is extremely difficult. It requires novel operational management strategies that will affect the industry to its core, down to the element level of carbon extraction and subsequent emission into the atmosphere.
Top organizations in the oil, gas and chemical space are implementing specific measures to remain on target as pending regulations and net-zero targets approach. Discover three (3) crucial ways your company can prepare to step into sustainability.
2 - Accurately Report Sustainability Metrics
It is crucial that your organization invest time and resources into operationalizing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and sustainability reporting metrics. This necessity emerges from the White House’s recent Congressional Review Act revoking the Methane Rule that previously prevented Methane from being a regulated greenhouse gas.
In addition, the CLEAN Future Act is also in effect. This bill includes provisions for reducing 2012 methane emissions by 65% before 2025 and 90% by 2030. To do this, the bill directs the EPA to finalize regulations by the end of 2022 to meet the 2025 goal. These 2022 regulations cover both new and existing sources “from every segment of oil and natural gas systems, including oil and natural gas production, processing, transmission, distribution, and storage.”
As you can see, metrics are key to successful sustainability. If you’re just beginning this process, take the necessary time to understand not only pending regulations but your stakeholders’ demands as well. ESG and sustainability reporting metrics should be holistic. Aggregating permitted emissions data with unstructured operational emissions data often requires assurance, similar to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosures.
3 - Avoid ESG Misconduct
In March of 2021, the SEC announced the creation of a Climate and ESG Task Force in the Division of Enforcement. Their purpose is to develop initiatives to proactively identify ESG-related misconduct and identify any material gaps or misstatements in issuers’ disclosure of climate risks under existing rules. The task force has an array of experience and expertise, and they are currently policing the market and reviewing whistleblower complaints to protect investors and the public.
How Can ABS Group Support My Net-Zero Efforts?
ABS Group can provide expertise as you begin (or continue) your sustainability journey. In addition to our top three ways to prepare for net-zero, proactive companies are also creating internal Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programs, exploring market interest in third-party natural gas certification and conducting economic CCUS studies for carbon capture utilization and storage for their operations. We currently provide services and expertise for:
- Developing and implementing LDAR Programs
- Accurate and transparent ESG reporting
- CO2 reduction strategies and techno-economic analyses
- Energy transition lifecycle guidance (ESG goal setting, competitive benchmarking and maintenance support)