The Global Oil and Gas Industry Association for Environmental and Social Issues (IPIECA)


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. IPIECA is an NGO in “Special Consultative Status” with the United Nations and is also the industry’s principal channel of communication with the U.N.

Obligations and Responsabilities

Oil spills can have a long-term environmental and socio-economic impact, and therefore pose a serious risk which needs to be managed; IPIECA has been working for 30 years to harness the oil and gas industry’s collective expertise and technology on oil spill preparedness and response. While prevention is always the goal, the industry gives equally high priority to developing the capability to respond to spills, enabling its members to improve oil spill preparedness and response globally.  

 IPIECA does not respond to pollution incidents – its mandate is solely to act as a convening organization for the Oil & Gas Industry to establish good practice.   It also cooperates with UN system organizations such as IMO and REMPEC to encourage joint activities in support of conventions such as OPRC 1990.

One of IPIECA’s long-standing activities is a partnership with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) through the Global Initiative, which brings together industry and governments to enhance oil spill preparedness and response.  The Global Initiative (GI) is an umbrella program under which governments, through the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the oil industry, through IPIECA, work together to assist countries in developing national structures and capability for oil spill preparedness and response.

Role and/or Services 

Develops and publishes good practice guidance; holds periodic workshops on various oil spill response topics; supports regional improvements in oil spill response preparedness through the Global Initiative (GI) program jointly with the IMO.


Address: IPIECA, 14th Floor City Tower, 40 Basinghall Street, London EC2V 5DE

Website: www.ipieca.org

Twitter @IPIECA 


Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7633 2388

 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7633 2389