Step change in carbon efficiency

In 2018, when Petrobras announced its support for the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative, it simultaneously announced that all assets under the company’s operational control were already exporting or reinjecting gas, and therefore did not require routine flaring of gas production.

Average gas use in 2018 was 97%, an improvement of 23% in just 10 years. As a result of reduced flaring and other initiatives, upstream carbon intensity was reduced by 25% from 2009 to 2015, and a further improvement of more than 32% is expected by 2025, through a carbon mitigation programme linked to public targets.

Petrobras has also applied a number of innovative technologies to enable the separation of carbon dioxide from natural gas in key pre-salt areas, so that it is reinjected into the reservoir in ultra deep waters, rather than being vented. Petrobras won an award for this at the offshore technology conference 2015.

Almost 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide have already been reinjected be-tween 2008 and 2018. Petrobras estimates that total accumulated reinjection will amount to more than 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2025.

Petrobras is sharing its experiences in these areas to accelerate progress in reducing the carbon intensity of both oil and gas production. For more information, see Petrobras’s Climate Change Supplement


What member companies are doing

Learn more about our member companies’ work to reduce carbon emissions.

Equinor – A world leader in carbon efficiency

Equinor has eliminated around 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over the past decade through a series of energy efficiency initiatives.

Total – Energy efficiency in action

Total’s $300 million Energy Efficiency Plan, introduced in 2018, aims to reduce CO2 emissions by around one million tonnes per year in its refining and chemical operations.

Eni – Investing in flaring reduction

Eni is investing heavily in flaring reduction as it progresses toward reducing carbon intensity by 43% by 2025.