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Decarbonizing Our Operations

We ‘re making landmark investments to decarbonize our operations today while investing in the climate technologies of tomorrow – as we advance towards Net Zero by 2045.

We are leading the industry by taking practical and tangible action to accelerate our decarbonization strategy and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon management, electrification, energy efficiency and methane reduction are at the core of our strategy as we work to achieve a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas intensity by 2030 and meet our ambition to be operationally net zero by 2045.

We are in the top tier of the lowest carbon intensity oil and gas producers globally, driven by decades of investing in operational excellence, energy efficiency and flaring reduction.

Electrifying our operations


In January 2022, we became the world’s first oil and gas major company to get 100% of our onshore grid electricity needs from solar and nuclear energy sources through TAQA’s power network.

We have also started the cable-laying process for the region’s first sub-sea transmission network to use carbon-free energy. At an investment of $3.8 billion, this network will power our offshore operations, displacing gas turbine generation. Once completed, the project is expected to cut our offshore carbon footprint by up to 50%.

Expanding carbon capture


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stated that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a critical enabler for the world to reach net zero by 2050. We are a pioneer in this technology, having opened the world’s first commercial-scale operation to capture steel industry emissions, Al Reyadah, in 2016.

Today, we are investing in key carbon management projects to reach our goal of capturing 10 million tonnes of CO₂ by 2030, including at our gas processing plant in Habshan and our gas mega-project, Hail and Ghasha – taking our committed investment to nearly 4 million tonnes of CO₂ capture per year.

With innovators and industry leaders, we are also investing in technology with scale-up potential, including:

  • A pilot to turn CO₂ into rock
  • The world’s first fully sequestered CO₂ injection well in a carbonate saline aquifer
  • Modular carbon capture technology deployed at Fertiglobe

We’ve also entered a partnership with Oxy to develop the region’s first world-scale Direct Air Capture (DAC) project.

Driving down methane emissions


Methane abatement is critical to mitigating climate change, given its higher warming potency when compared with carbon dioxide. That’s why we’ve made reducing methane emissions to near-zero by 2030 a strategic priority.

Key to this is piloting and deploying the latest leak detection technologies such as satellite imaging, aerial drones and robotic inspectors equipped with advanced imaging sensors and laser dispersion spectroscopy.

As we move towards 2030, we continue on our journey towards zero routine flaring. We are working to eliminate flaring across our operations while contributing to the UAE’s goal of having one of the lowest flare volumes and intensities amongst oil and gas producing countries.

ADNOC and OGMP 2.0

The Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) 2.0 is an initiative launched by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to improve industry standards for reporting and reducing methane emissions.

As a signatory, we’re implementing solutions to support the OGMP goal of at least 30% reduction in methane emissions by 2030 compared to 2020.

Our efforts were recognized with the award of the OGMP 2.0 Gold Standard Pathway status in 2022 and 2023.

Increasing energy efficiency


Energy efficiency is a crucial element of our decarbonization strategy – by using less energy, we can reduce emissions. As of today, we’ve improved overall energy efficiency by 15% compared to our 2014 baseline, and aim to boost that by a further 5% by 2025. Since 2020, we have saved over 100 million gigajoules - equivalent to powering 2.5 million homes.

An example of the action we’re taking is our $600 million Waste Heat Recovery Project, recovering and reusing waste heat at our General Utilities Plant in Ruwais. Upon completion, the project will generate up to 230 megawatts of zero-carbon electricity to power our operations.