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Dubai, UAE - In a significant development for the energy sector, more than 50 oil and gas companies, including both national oil companies (NOCs) and international oil companies (IOCs), have committed to the Oil and Gas Decarbonization Charter (OGDC). 

This announcement, made at the COP28 summit in Dubai by the COP28 Presidency and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, marks a remarkable shift in the industry's stance on climate action.

Why It Matters:

The participation of these companies, which account for over 40% of global oil production, indicates a growing industry recognition of the need for more aggressive action on climate change. 

Notably, NOCs make up over 60% of the Charter's signatories, representing a significant commitment by state-owned entities to decarbonization efforts.

The Key Points:

  • Key goals of the OGDC include achieving net-zero operations by 2050, ending routine flaring by 2030, and significantly reducing methane emissions.
  • Commitments also extend to investing in renewable energy and low-carbon technologies, improving emissions reporting, aligning with industry best practices, and addressing energy poverty.
  • This initiative is part of the broader Global Decarbonization Accelerator (GDA), which aims to transform current and future energy systems while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The COP28 event in the UAE, with over 70,000 participants, will conduct the first global stocktake under the Paris Climate Agreement.

What They Say:

COP28 President Dr. Sultan Al Jaber emphasized the need for comprehensive decarbonization strategies to achieve the 1.5C temperature goal. 

He advocated for inclusive and transparent methodologies in climate action and stressed the need for collaborative efforts from energy producers and consumers.

What Comes Next:

The OGDC is a step towards integrating the oil and gas industry more deeply into global climate change efforts. 

These include operational changes and broader industry collaboration to engage consumers, invest in the energy system of the future, and improve transparency in reporting.