Richard Melson

July 2006



the International Petroleum Industry

Environmental Conservation Association

IPIECA, the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association, was established in 1974.

It is a voluntary non-profit organisation whose membership includes both petroleum companies and associations at the national, regional or international levels.

Separate working groups within
IPIECA address global environmental and social issues related to the petroleum industry: oil spill preparedness and response, global climate change, biodiversity, social responsibility, fuel quality and vehicle emissions, and human health.

IPIECA also helps members identify new global issues and assesses their potential impact on the oil industry.

IPIECA holds formal United Nations status, which allows it access as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) to all UN negotiations. The Association represents the views of its members in public fora and provides an interface between the petroleum industry and the United Nations Agencies.


Dear Colleague,

I cordially invite you to attend the IPIECA Climate Change Working Group’s
forthcoming workshops on Natural Gas as a Climate Change Solution: Breaking down
the barriers to methane's expanding role on 26 September 2006 followed by a
workshop on Increasing the Pace of Technology Innovation and Application:
Enabling Climate Change Solutions, on 27 - 28 September 2006. Both of these
workshops will be held at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Washington DC, USA.
For more details on the workshop topics, access to the preliminary workshop
programme and registration form please click on the following link:


The preliminary workshop programme and

registration form are also attached to this mail.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues and contacts that may
be interested in attending these workshops.

As space is limited I would urge you to register early for these workshops.

26 September 2006
Natural Gas as a Climate Change Solution:
Breaking down the barriers to methane's expanding role

Methane has the potential to play a significant role in a carbon-constrained
energy future as a relatively low-carbon fuel source.  While much of the
technology necessary to increase the supply of methane to the energy market
exists today, the application of that technology faces an array of commercial,
political, environmental and social barriers before its full potential can be
realized.  In addition, continued research and development of the technology
necessary to commercialize unconventional gas holds the promise of
unlocking future reserves.

This one-day workshop will focus on the barriers to bringing methane to market,
with attention to both increasing supply and decreasing fugitive methane
emissions, on the current strategies for breaching these barriers and on case
studies that highlight successful implementation of these strategies.

Co-sponsored by the Methane-to-Markets Partnership,

US EPA and IPIECA this day will serve as an in-depth look at the

factors influencing the pace of methane development and delivery and will touch

on a number of the themes addressed in the Pace of Technology workshop.

27 - 28 September 2006
Increasing the Pace of Technology Innovation and Application:
Enabling Climate Change Solutions

The creation of energy technology options to meet global demand for energy with
low greenhouse gas emissions is an essential component of a risk management
approach to global climate change.

To be effective, the pace of deployment of commercially

viable energy technology is an additional, critical factor.

This workshop will consider the range of actions and policies

to address energy technology in the climate change context:

their effectiveness, their depiction in future scenarios,

and the implications for business.

This workshop will bring together experts from academia, business, governments,
policy makers and international and non governmental organizations to improve
understanding of how to increase the pace of technology innovation and

The workshop will focus on:
Energy outlooks and the pace of technological progress
Technology portfolio strategies to increase the pace of innovation and
Opportunities and barriers to technology innovation and diffusion
Innovation and technology options for efficiency, transport, methane, CO2
capture and geologic storage and energy supply

If you would like to discuss these workshops further

do not hesitate to contact me on the details below.

Best regards,

Luke Warren
Project Manager
5th Floor, 209-215 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NL
Direct tel: +44 (0)20 7633 2378
Switchboard: +44 (0)20 7633 2388
Fax: +44 (0)20 7633 2389

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IPIECA_workshop_programme.pdf (0.56 MB), registration_form.doc (0.16 MB)

Friday, July 7, 2006