We work with governments of lower-income countries that are relatively new to the oil and gas sector. We know we’ve had influence and impact when the governments use the knowledge acquired through our work to raise ambitions and improve policies to ensure they develop their non-renewable resources in a manner that:
- Reduces carbon lock-in and transition risks
- Brings measurable improvements in the sector’s Co2 emissions and methane intensity
- Increases national energy access, in particular clean energy
- Manages national expectations about potential windfalls
- Increases transparency on the above, to enable their publics to understand what is at stake and hold their governments to account.
An independent evaluation of the New Producers for Sustainable Energy in 2022 (at the time under the banner of the New Producers Group) concluded:
NPG’s work is impactful. “The worth and significance members attach to NPG, and each other, has stimulated changes in the behaviours of and relationships among them that are precipitating important reforms in the regulatory environment to better manage hydrocarbon resources.”
Aiming for a net-zero sector
The NP4SE is working with several of its member countries to implement policy reform to provide an enabling environment for emissions management, to integrate appropriate processes and technologies at the project level to mitigate and avoid Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and to identify low carbon projects that meet the sustainable development goals of these countries and compensate for residual, hard-to-abate petroleum sector emissions. We will also support governments with the development of transition plans that map out how they will exit the petroleum sector and move toward a low carbon economy.
Ebenezer Harmah of Ghana’s Petroleum Commission describes what lessons he took from our training on emissions management in 2023.
Responsive and respected
Our influence and impact derives from being responsive to the concerns of member countries as well as offering an independent, credible analysis of the evolving policy-making context. The 2022 independent evaluation of the initiative concluded:
NPG is offering a valued, unique and highly relevant service to members
NPG is agile and responsive to members needs and is highly respected in the industry
NPG offers exceptional Value for Money. “Our analysis comparing the actual costs of providing NPG outputs with the cost from the private sector suggests that the project is highly economic. NPG unit costs are between one-tenth and one-half of the commercial cost of providing the service to members.”