For the first time, a group of the worlds top oil companies have set goals to cut carbon gas emissions as a percentage of their total production.Among the businesses agreeing to the effort were Saudi Aramco, Chinas CNPC and the American company ExxonMobil.
The targets are the idea of an industry-led group, called the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, or OGCI.
Its 12 member companies are responsible for over 30 percent of the worlds oil and gas production.
The goals are based on what the OGCI members call "upstream carbon intensity."The target represents a reduction in production of between 36 and 52 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2025, the OGCI said in a press release.The organization estimates the reduction would be equal to the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from energy use in 4 to 6 million homes.
这些目标基于OGCI成员公司所称的“上游碳强度”。OGCI在一份新闻稿中表示，这一目标意味着到2025年将减少3600 - 5200万公吨二氧化碳当量。该组织估计，减少的二氧化碳排放量，将相当于400万至600万家庭使用能源所产生的二氧化碳排放量。
The intensity targets mean that total carbon emissions can still rise as production increases.
OGCI s chairman is Bob Dudley, a former chief of the London-based oil and gas company BP.He told Reuters news agency that while the agreement represents an important "milestone,"it does not represent the end of efforts to reduce emission levels.
"Well keep calibrating as we go forward," Dudley added.
The agreement came after the OGCI s European members individually announced plans for even deeper cuts.Among the companies setting those targets were BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total.
该协议是在OGCI的欧洲成员各自宣布进一步削减计划之后达成的。制定这些目标的公司包括英国石油(BP)、荷兰皇家壳牌(Royal Dutch Shell)和道达尔公司(Total)。
The OGCI members agreed on a common methodology to measure carbon intensity.Dudley said the targets could be extended in the future to other areas, such as liquefied natural gas and refining operations.
London-based research group Carbon Tracker dismissed the OGCI s claims
that the targets met those of the 2015 Paris agreement to limit global warming.Carbon Tracker s Andrew Grant said in a statement that "Having some targets to reduce carbon pollution is better than none."But he added that the oil and gas industry can never be "aligned" with the Paris goals
when the industry plans include continuous investment in fossil fuel production.The announcement marks a major change for ExxonMobil, the largest oil company in the United States.Exxon has resisted pressure from investors to be more open about the environmental effects of its products.The company has yet to report its carbon emissions for 2019.
A spokesman for Exxon said it supports the OGCI targets and is "part of the industrys efforts to take practical, meaningful steps to reduce emissions."
The goals set by individual companies can differ widely in definition and structure, making comparisons difficult.But the targets of some individual OGCI members are already higher than those set in the new agreement.OGCI said the groups collective carbon intensity would be reported once a year and the data would be examined by an independent group.
Im Bryan Lynn.