Elements and Enablers of Low-Emissions Pathways
- M. S. Fawcett (ConocoPhillips) | L. Perez Bajo (IPIECA) | J. A. Herbertson (IPIECA)
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- SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility, 16-18 April, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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- 2018. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 6 Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility, 6.6.4 Sustainable Development, 6.6 Sustainability/Social Responsibility, 6.5.7 Climate Change
- Low-emissions pathways, Climate Change, Paris Agreement, Environment
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Meeting the challenge of climate change requires worldwide action from all sectors of society. Throughout this transition, oil and gas will have a role to play within the mix of energy sources to meet the need for affordable and clean energy products and services.
IPIECA has identified a list of common elements and enablers of future pathways that most projected low-emissions pathways shared. The resulting paper considers the near- and long-term aims of the Paris Agreement, along with the challenges to address climate change whilst meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further to this, the current energy system is explored in order to provide a basis to evaluate the common elements of the multiple pathways to a low-emissions future. The three common elements of an energy system transition are: improving efficiency; reducing emissions from the power generation; and deploying alternative low-emission options in end-use sectors. The common enablers of a low-emissions pathways identified are: collaboration, effective policy and the availability of finance. This paper explores in detail these elements and examines key technologies to support this transition. The role of the oil and gas industry in meeting the long-terms aims of the Paris Agreement is also outlined. Furthermore, it addresses the challenges on addressing climate change in the context of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and provides a perspective on the role of the oil and gas industry as enablers of pathways to meet a low-emissions future.
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