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Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR)

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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 decreased to 139 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2022 from 144 bcm in 2021. 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 over 350 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. 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.

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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.

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