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Billions of cubic meters of natural gas is flared annually at oil production sites around the globe. Flaring gas wastes a valuable energy resource that could be used to support economic growth and progress. It also contributes to climate change by releasing millions of tons of CO2 to the atmosphere.

During oil production, the associated natural gas is flared when barriers to the development of gas markets and gas infrastructure prevent it from being used.

The World Bank Group has a leadership role in gas flaring reduction through the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), a public-private initiative comprising international and national oil companies, national and regional governments, and international institutions. GGFR works to increase use of natural gas associated with oil production by helping remove technical and regulatory barriers to flaring reduction, conducting research, disseminating best practices, and developing country-specific gas flaring reduction programs.

Ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity is also an integral part of GGFR’s strategy. Natural gas resources help countries move toward a more sustainable energy path. It is the fossil fuel with the lowest carbon intensity, at half the footprint of coal at the point of combustion. It can be the least-cost source of flexible electricity supply for grid-based systems with fluctuating supply and demand.

Read more about GGFR here.


Iraq Commits to End Routine Gas Flaring

Despite the ongoing conflict in the country, Iraq has endorsed the “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” Initiative.

Nigeria’s Flaring Reduction Target: 2020

A recent seminar highlights Nigeria’s commitments to two important goals: ending routine gas flaring and unlocking its gas potential.

New Data: Uptick in Global Gas Flaring

New data released today shows an increase over the past five years in the amount of gas flared at oil production sites worldwide.

Seminar on Associated Gas Flare Reduction and Monetizing

The GGFR, along with OLADE, has organized an online seminar on oil and gas flaring reduction, monetization, and project development.


Clare Murphy-McGreevey