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Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR)

About the Partnership

The World Bank's Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) is a multi-donor trust fund composed of governments, oil companies, and multilateral organizations committed to ending routine gas flaring at oil production sites across the world. 

During oil production, the associated natural gas is often flared (burned) when economic, regulatory or technical barriers to the development of gas markets and gas infrastructure prevent it from being used or when re-injecting the associated gas back into the reservoir is not possible.

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GGFR estimates that global gas flaring increased to 144 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2021 from 142 bcm in 2020. However, the world still flared enough gas to generate approximately 1,800 Terawatt hours (TWh) of energy, almost two-thirds of the European Union's net domestic electricity generation

Gas flaring contributes to climate change and impacts the environment through emission of CO2, black carbon and other pollutants. It is estimated that each cubic meter of associated gas flared results in about 2.8 kilograms of CO2-equivalent emissions. At current levels, global flaring is estimated to result in about 400 million tons of CO2-equivalent emissions annually.

Our Mission

"Seeking a world free of routine gas flaring and venting"
Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership Charter

GGFR helps identify solutions to the array of technical and regulatory barriers to flaring reduction. To achieve this, we develop country-specific flaring reduction programs, conduct research, share best practices, raise awareness, secure global commitments to end routine flaring, and advance flare measurements and reporting.

GGFR advocates for ending routine gas flaring by garnering commitments for the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative (ZRF). Governments and companies that endorse ZRF commit to no routine flaring in any new oil field developments and to end routine flaring at existing (legacy) oil production sites as soon as possible and no later than 2030. 

Ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity is an integral part of GGFR’s strategy. Natural gas resources help countries move toward a more sustainable energy path, and flaring wastes a valuable energy resource that could be used to advance the development of producing countries. For example, if this amount of gas were used for power generation, it could provide about 750 billion kWh of electricity, or more than the African continent’s current annual electricity consumption.

GGFR Partners


Azerbaijan Iraq 
Canada (Joining 2023)Kuwait 
Republic of Congo Mexico 
Gabon United States (Joining 2023)
Germany (Joining 2023)Uzbekistan



Kuwait Oil CompanyTotalEnergies


Multilateral Organizations

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
European Union
The World Bank

Data Collaborations 

Global Gas Flaring Explorer

GGFR is currently developing the Global Gas Flaring Explorer, an online platform in collaboration with the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) and the Payne Institute (Colorado School of Mines). Through the development of a transparent web platform, this project will deliver real-time and improved monitoring of gas flaring globally; it will feature, mapping, visibility, and transparency of gas flaring data at oil production sites around the world. The tracking of flare volumes over time will improve the ability to monitor and demonstrate progress towards the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative.

Contact us

For more information about GGFR, to join the partnership, or discuss collaboration opportunities, please contact us.

Latest News


A Decade of Stalled Progress on Reducing Global Flaring

Ten countries account for three-quarters of gas flaring; ending routine flaring and methane emissions is key to the energy transition.
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GGFR, Ipieca, and IOGP launch Flaring Management Guidance for the Oil and Gas Industry

The Flaring Management Guidance outlines new flaring management and reduction developments and examines industry experiences with eliminating flaring and new technologies, business models, operational improvements, and regulatory policy.
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IFC Provides Landmark Loan to Reduce Gas Flaring, Boost Energy Access, and Power More Homes and Businesses Across Iraq

IFC is investing in Basrah Gas Company (BGC) to support one of the largest gas flaring reduction projects in the world.
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Qatar Petroleum joins global effort to end routine flaring

On March 17, 2021, Qatar Petroleum joined the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership and endorsed the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative as part of the company’s efforts to end the industry practice of routinely flaring associated gas during oil production.
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Seven Countries Account for Two-Thirds of Global Gas Flaring

Global gas flaring declined by 5% in 2020. Russia, Iraq, Iran, the United States, Algeria, Venezuela, and Nigeria remain the top seven gas flaring countries for nine years running, accounting for two-thirds (65%) of global gas flaring.
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"We can end routine gas flaring by 2030. Here's how"

We are now less than a decade away from the goal of Zero Routine Flaring by 2030, an ambition that sits at the nexus of climate change mitigation and energy policy.
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European Union pledges to support gas flaring reduction

The EU’s new “strategy to reduce methane emissions” says it will consider regulation to end routine flaring and venting and pledges its support for the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative.
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Occidental becomes first U.S.-based oil and gas company to endorse the World Bank’s “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” initiative

In a letter to the World Bank, Occidental’s President and CEO Vicki Hollub expressed the company’s commitment to end routine gas flaring by 2030, as part of a broader drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in global operations.
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Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 Intiative Cited in IEA report

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) new analysis found that the commitments from the Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring Initiative will be an integral component of the path to the Paris goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C.
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Saudi Aramco endorses "Zero Routine Flaring by 2030" Initiative

On November 6, 2019, Saudi Aramco endorsed the “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” (ZRF) Initiative, joining 36 other major oil & gas companies in the global movement to end this 160-year practice.
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IPIECA supports flaring initiative

IPIECA states its support to the ‘Zero Routine Flaring by 2030’ Initiative, thereby raising the profile of flaring even higher on the agenda of its 37 oil company members.
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Success Story

Qatar’s journey to end routine gas flaring

A partner of the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) shares its track record and future plans for gas flaring reduction.
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SOCAR sets ambitions to slash Azneft's emissions to zero by 2022

A partner in the World Bank's Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), SOCAR shares its track record and future plans for gas flaring reduction.
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ZRF Website

Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 (ZRF)

The ZRF initiative commits governments and oil companies to end routine flaring no later than 2030.
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Global Gas Flaring Data

GGFR publishes global flaring data estimates to monitor flaring levels and track progress towards ending routine gas flaring.
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