International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)

IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. Established in 1974 in response to the formation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), IPIECA remains the industry’s principal channel of communication with the UN. Our membership is broad and includes all of the supermajors as well as national oil companies, independent producers and regional and national industry associations accounting for roughly half the world’s oil production. IPIECA members work together to address a wide range of issues within three themes: climate and energy, the environment, and social responsibility.

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14th Floor, City Tower, 40 Basinghall Street , London , EC2V 5DE United Kingdom

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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Oil, Gas & Refineries
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
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IPIECA develops, shares and promotes good practice and knowledge to help the industry and improve its environmental and social performance. We do this with the understanding that the issues that dominate the sustainable development agenda – climate and energy, environmental and social issues – are too big for individual companies to tackle alone. The industry must work together to achieve improvements that have real impact. IPIECA helps to achieve this goal.

IPIECA is a not for profit association that provides a forum for encouraging continuous improvement in industry performance. IPIECA is the only global association involving both the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry. It is also the industry’s principal channel of communication with the United Nations.

IPIECA is governed by a General Committee of senior representatives from all IPIECA member companies and associations. It meets twice a year at IPIECA's Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting to set the strategic direction and budget for the organization.

The General Committee is supported by an Executive Committee, which meets three times a year. The Executive Committee is composed of 18 representatives from member companies and is responsible for the association's overall strategy and direction. It provides guidance on policy, work plans and priorities, budget and communications for IPIECA. 

The work of IPIECA is supported by a number of specialist working groups through which members actively participate. These groups draw on the skills and experience of our international membership and operate with support from the IPIECA secretariat. 

IPIECA currently has working groups in: biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate change, fuels and products, health, oil spill preparedness, reporting, social responsibility, and water.

IPIECA is funded by member companies via an annual contribution according to a formula based on relative production and geographic spread of operations.


IPIECA’s vision is for an oil and gas industry whose operations and products meet society’s environmental and social performance expectations.


  • Developing, sharing and promoting sound practices and solutions.
  • Enhancing and communicating knowledge and understanding.
  • Engaging members and others in the industry.
  • Working in partnership with key stakeholders.

IPIECA provides leadership on climate and energy, environmental and social issues for the oil and gas industry by:

  • Anticipating - challenges for the industry through increased focus on scanning and assessing emerging issues and developing actions.
  • Enabling - the industry to improve its environmental and social performance through the development and promotion of good practice.
  • Informing - global policy and external stakeholders pro-actively and credibly on environmental and social issues.

IPIECA's Strategic Plan
We have a four-year strategic plan cycle. Our current vision, mission and strategic intent provides a strong framework for delivering on our mandate to improve environmental and social performance across three strategic themes-climate and energy, environment and social - this will be used to inform the next strategic cycle for 2017–2020.

The strategic review process in 2016 includes a comprehensive member survey covering all aspects of our existing work programme, governance structure and emerging issues. In support of the member survey, we are engaging key external stakeholders on sustainability issues, risks and opportunities for the industry.

Stakeholder dialogue
Transparent and open dialogue with stakeholders helps guide IPIECA's activities. Stakeholder engagement informs its work programme and ensures that its activities reflect key sustainability issues for the industry, as well as the views of stakeholders.

IPIECA convened a dialogue on 23 May 2016 with nine external stakeholders, drawn from civil society, academia and financial institutions, six IPIECA Executive Committee members and three members of the IPIECA secretariat.  The purpose of the dialogue was to:

  • understand stakeholders' assessment of emerging issues facing the oil and gas industry and what the industry could do to address these issues;
  • gain stakeholder perspectives on IPIECA's thematic strategies;
  • maintain relationships with key stakeholders, building on previous stakeholder consultation conducted by IPIECA, and
  • ensure the IPIECA 2017-2020 strategic plan considers input from stakeholders' views.

IPIECA was established following a request from the then newly established United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1974, for the oil and gas industry to form channels of communication with UNEP. IPIECA remains the primary channel of communication and representative of the global oil and gas industry with UNEP and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). IPIECA's consultative status has allowed it to build strong partnerships with a number of UN organizations including, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations Working Group on Human Rights, and the United Nations Development Programme.

IPIECA has also built partnerships with many stakeholders and facilitates the oil and gas industry's relationships with inter-governmental organizations, academia and NGOs. Moving forward IPIECA and its members will continue to forge alliances and form partnerships with key organizations.