WPC Expert Workshop on Carbon Emission Management

A World Petroleum Council (WPC) Expert Workshop on ‘Carbon Emission  Management: Upstream & Downstream Best Practices and Opportunities’ was organized  at New Delhi during 29-30 October 2015. ONGC was one of the principal sponsors  and organizers.It was an initiative by Indian National Committee with PetroFed  as anchor.

The Hon’ble Union Minister of  State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Mr. Dharmendra  Pradhan inaugurated the Workshop. Speaking on various initiatives undertaken by  Government of India, he said that oil companies play a pioneering role in  reducing carbon emissions in the entire value chain and in contributing towards  making the world cleaner and greener. Pointing out that the most adversely  affected by climate change are the poor people of developing countries like  India, he emphasized that the focus must shift from “climate change” to “climate  justice”.He also highlighted the country’s Intended Nationally Determined  Contributions.

Union  Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan,Petroleum Secretary K. D. Tripathi and DG, PetroFed   R. K. Malhotra during the inaugural sessionUnion Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan,Petroleum Secretary K. D. Tripathi and DG, PetroFed R. K. Malhotra during the inaugural session

Workshop was split into sessions covering topics on role of technology  in carbon emission management in oil industry, GHG accounting standards and  alternatives for carbon emission reduction. The first session of the Workshop  was chaired by Chairman  & Managing Director Mr. D. K. Sarraf and Director (Exploration) Mr.  A. K. Dwivedi. 

Mr. D. K. Sarraf, during his address,expressed  carbon emission management as a core thought to protect planet, people and  profits. He emphasized on ethical business practices to combat impending  climate change.He accentuated that the industries have to deviseeffective strategies to minimize the impact of  their operations on environment and society. He underlined that the tenets of  “Sustainable Development” in ONGC are institutionalised through Carbon  Management & Sustainability Group (CM&SG), a strategic group at  corporate level with the mandate to plan and monitor implementation of various activities  relating to carbon management, water management and renewable energy.

ONGC CMD D. K. Sarraf, Director (E) A. K. Dwivedi and DG, BEE Dr. Ajay Mathur (left) during the first sessionONGC CMD D. K. Sarraf, Director (E) A. K. Dwivedi and DG, BEE Dr. Ajay Mathur (left) during the first session

Mr. A. K.  Dwivedi, Director (Exploration) said that carbon emission management, with no  compromise on the economic development, is a big challenge. He laid emphasis on  promotion of renewable energy, enhancement of energy efficiency and adoption of  less carbon intensive technologies. He also stressed that it was not only  important to adopt energy efficient technologies and processes but also to  consider the impacts of climate change as a part of project  conceptualization.

During  the first session, speakers from ONGC, OIL and Cairn India presented case  studies on application of technology incarbon emission management in their respective companies. Mr. D. V. Swaminathan,  CE(P)from CM&SG gave a detailed presentation on mitigation technologies  implemented in ONGC. He presented a comprehensive account of ONGC’s efforts in  the areas of gas flare reduction, vapour recovery, waste  heat recovery, use of cleaner fuel, reduction in electricity consumption,energy  efficient machines& lighting system and use of renewable energy.He discussed about  energy efficiency projects undertaken at Hazira Plant viz., up-gradation of gas  turbines and stage blanking of amine pumps.He also explained about Green  Buildings of ONGC, OTPC Tripura natural gas based  combined cycle power plant and 51 MW wind power project, Gujarat. He also  highlighted the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) and Clean Development Mechanism  (CDM) projects undertaken by ONGC.

CE (P) D. V. Swaminathan presenting ONGC's efforts on carbon emission managementCE (P) D. V. Swaminathan presenting ONGC's efforts on carbon emission management

During the  one and a half day event, there was active participation from oil majors and  other industry members who shared their innovative ideas on reducing carbon  emissions.

In the  Valedictory Address, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas Mr. K.  D. Tripathi exhorted corporations to reorient their business strategies and  expansion plans with an eye on increasing energy efficiency, reducing GHG  emissions and adopting innovative technologies which would reduce the fossil  fuel consumption. 

Workshop was a resounding success with sharing of  experience, knowledge, best practices and opportunities on carbon emission  management in various industries.