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Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 (ZRF) Initiative

"Zero Routine Flaring by 2030" Reporting

Governments and oil companies that endorse the “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” (ZRF) Initiative commit to “publicly report their flaring and progress towards the Initiative on an annual basis. They also agree to the World Bank aggregating and reporting the same.” Endorsers are asked to provide flaring data at oil fields for the first full calendar year after they have endorsed the Initiative.

Oil companies report operated flaring, which is flaring for which the company or a wholly owned subsidiary is operator, i.e., the entire flaring volume from an operated oil field, not the equity share of the flaring. Oil companies do not include equity share of flaring in fields where another company is the operator.

Many governments do not distinguish routine flaring from total flaring in their data. The World Bank will seek better statistics on routine flaring so that over time the reporting of total flaring by governments can be supplemented by reporting of routine flaring. 

Among oil company endorsers, a large majority of reporting companies also reported routine flaring for 2020. The Initiative contains the following definition: “Routine flaring of gas is flaring during normal oil production operations in the absence of sufficient facilities or amenable geology to re-inject the produced gas, utilize it on-site, or dispatch it to a market.” All other flaring is considered non-routine or safety flaring.

ZRF Endorsers: Annual Upstream Flare Volumes - Governments

Annual Upstream Flare Volumes from governments (million Sm3)

Endorsement date

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

 

 

Total

Total

Total

Total

Total

Angola

2015

6,230

3,800*

2,787*

2,325*

1,480*

Azerbaijan

2016

 

151*

196*

223*

126*

Bahrain

2016

 

132*

80*

171*

219*

California

2015

92

12*

24*

25*

40*

Cameroon

2015

1,670

1,466

1,509

1,755

897*

Canada

2016

 

1,343*

1,325*

1,052*

963*

Congo, Republic of

2015

840

683

129

145

1,735*

Denmark

2017

 

 

92

76

47

Ecuador 

2019

 

 

 

658

603

Egypt

2017

 

 

 

 1,786*

France

2015

40

40

40

11*

6*

Gabon

2015

1,429

1,503*

1,375*

1,460*

1,417*

Germany

2015

9

7

7

8

9

Indonesia

2017

 

 

2,061*

1670

1,538

Iraq

2016

 

17,843*

17,821*

17,914*

16,831*

Kazakhstan

2015

1,025

1,044

2,049*

1,567*

1,363*

Mexico

2015

5,204

6,140

 

 

 

Morocco

2017

 

 

0*

0*

0*

Netherlands

2015

46

8*

6*

3*

2*

New Zealand

2019

 

 

 

71

26

Niger

2018

 

 

5

18

30

Nigeria

2016

 

7,646*

7,435*

7,090*6,544*

Norway

2015

359

250

273

232

268

Oman

2017

 

1,614

1,152

1,491

1,283

Peru

2015

 

94*

96*

60*

49*

Russian Federation

2015

12,340

8,867

21,280*

23,212*

21,363*

Saudi Arabia

2018

 

 

 

752

716

South Sudan

2018

 

 

 

0*

199*

Turkmenistan

2017

 

 

1,505*

1,340*

478*

USA

2016

 

8,875*13,900*16,644*11,334*

Uzbekistan

2015

432

885

788*

624*

179*

Western Australia

2018

 

 

31

11

15

*Flaring data is not self-reported; estimates using GGFR / NOAA / Colorado School of Mines satellite data have been used.

 

ZRF Endorsers: Annual Upstream Flare Volumes - Companies

Reported flaring from oil companies (million Sm3)Endorsement date 20162017201820192020
BP2015Total2,2902,2471,6391,2531,023
  Routine7066504435
Cairn Energy2020Total        0
  Routine    0
Eni2015Total1,9112,2811,9301,8971,785
  Routine1,5301,5561,4111,1961,028
Equinor2015Total344315338354259
  Routine 488810994
ETAP2015Total      
  Routine     
Frontier Oil Limited2016Total  321 10
  Routine 000 
GALP Energia2015Total  1111
  Routine 1111
Gazprom Neft2017Total        
  Routine     
KazMunayGaz2016Total  3233161497958
  Routine 1991132314
KazPetrol2019Total          
  Routine     
Kuwait Oil Company2015Total  628657472127
  Routine 3901317048
LUKOIL2017Total    313299269
  Routine  463523
MOL Group2015Total2937613133
  Routine 24362118
Niger Delta Petroleum Resources2015Total  3563
  Routine 1121
Nile Petroleum Corporation (South Sudan)2018Total          
  Routine     
NNPC/NPDC (Nigeria)2016Total  1,228      
  Routine     
Oando Energy Resources2016Total  00    
  Routine 00  
Oil India Limited2016Total      
  Routine     
OMV2017Total  175255536492
  Routine 141227501462
ONGC2015Total      
  Routine     
Pan Ocean Corporation2016Total  11  0
  Routine 00 0
PDO2017Total  8879151,042762
  Routine 403449354183
Petroamazonas2015Total  568593582  
  Routine 568593582 
Petrobras2018Total      1,4471,142
  Routine    10
Repsol2016Total  175206161273
  Routine  12192212
Saudi Aramco2019Total          
  Routine     
Seplat2016Total  226188209377
  Routine 226188209377
Savannah Energy2015Total  211817  
  Routine 181616 
Shell2015Total         2,1532,4821,5011,2371,112
  Routine 1,093618581478
SNH-Cameroon2015Total  2  0  
  Routine 2 0 
SNPC-Rep. of Congo2016Total  683   
  Routine     
SOCAR2016Total  1110
  Routine 1110
Sonangol2015Total      46142
  Routine   46142
Sonatrach (Algeria)2018Total      3,0353,793
  Routine   8021,729
TotalEnergies2015Total2,2481,6982,1801,8451,408
  Routine 364393332212
Uzbekneftegas2016Total  792   
  Routine     
Wintershall DEA2015Total  22030336656
  Routine 20728034031
Woodside2017Total    305885
  Routine  0335

Contact us

Governments and oil companies interested in making the commitment and endorsing the Initiative or learning more about it, please email us with your name and contact information.

Key Resources

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GGFR Gas Flaring Definitions

This document groups the various types of gas flaring at oil production facilities in three defined categories: routine flaring, safety flaring, and non-routine flaring.
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Flare Measurement

This document provides guidance on quantifying flare and vent rates at oil and natural gas facilities.
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Methodology for Determining Flare Volumes from Satellite Data

GGFR, in partnership with NOAA and the Colorado School of Mines, has developed global gas flaring estimates based upon observations from satellites launched in 2012 and 2017.
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