International Scientific Conference “Reducing environmental emissions during hydrocarbon developments and managing the “Darvaza” gas crater”

International Scientific Conference “Reducing environmental emissions during hydrocarbon developments and managing the “Darvaza” gas crater”

Turkmen Forum in collaboration with Turkmenistan’s national oil companies has introduced a new conference focused on environmental issues during hydrocarbon developments, which will take place on June 23 at the Yildiz hotel in Ashgabat. The primary focus of the conference will be reduction of environmental emissions during hydrocarbon developments and managing world – famous “Darvaza” gas crater.

It is a prestigious event, which is planned to be held annually in order to discuss environmental issues facing oil & gas sector of Turkmenistan and strengthen international cooperation between Turkmen state organizations and major oil and gas institutions and international organizations focused on environment and green future.

Turkmenistan pays special attention to environmental issues and in particular the reduction of methane and associated gas emissions in the development of oil and gas fields. In his time as Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov speaking at the COP26 Forum in Glasgow last November said that: “Turkmenistan at the national level pays special attention to reducing methane emissions, and in this regard welcomes the new initiative “Global Methane Commitment”, adopted within the framework of this high Forum”.

The Turkmen side also expressed interest in a detailed study of the new initiative with a view to possible substantive participation in it. The launch of the Global Methane Commitment was initiated by the US and the EU with the goal of collectively reducing global methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 compared to 2020 levels. More than 90 countries supported the initiative in Glasgow.

Serdar Berdimuhamedov also said that: “Turkmenistan plans to achieve zero growth in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and in the long term, to significantly reduce emissions annually, both at the expense of its own financial resources and with the technical and financial support of international organizations. Turkmenistan stands for a consolidated approach to the problems of this plan, taking concrete steps on its part to protect the environment and striving to contribute to the development of international cooperation in such a vitally important area for all mankind”.

It is worth noting that Ashgabat offered to open a Regional Center for Climate Change Technologies in Central Asia. Also, the government of Turkmenistan previously put forward initiatives for the development of the UN Water Strategy and the UN Special Program for the Aral Sea, the preservation of the ecosystems of the Caspian Sea.

Along with this, the country is successfully solving environmental problems at the national level, including the creation of forest areas, land reclamation and combating desertification. An example of the effectiveness of large-scale landscaping work is the wide "green" belts around the country's cities, which are replenished every year with millions of new seedlings.

Most recently, namely on March 15 this year, 193 UN members approved by consensus a resolution proposed by Turkmenistan aimed at promoting the development of cycling in the world. Member States are urged to "integrate cycling into public transport in urban and rural settings in developing and developed countries".

The document also asks to "improve road safety and promote the use of bicycles by individuals and businesses in order to increase the number of cycling trips, which contributes to the achievement of sustainable development, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions."

The Conference will bring together senior representatives of the Turkmen government, CEOs of national and international oil & gas companies, senior management of energy organizations as well as major international institutions and research centers.

Key topics for discussion will include: Innovative technologies and know – how in the production of hydrocarbons and reducing associated gas emissions, New era energy projects, The prospects for managing the “Darvaza” gas crater, International experience in promoting clean energy and new climate finance available to the energy sector of Turkmenistan.

The impressive list of delegates includes representatives of well known international companies such as CNPC, BP, SOCAR, Petronas, Areti, Mitro International, Buried Hill, NAPECO, Dragon Oil, ENI, Lukoil; international oil and gas organizations such as the International Energy Agency, IRENA, Global Gas Centre, Gas Exporting Countries Forum, Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Energy Charter Secretariat. The Conference’s sessions and panel discussions will be attended by the representatives of numerous international organizations and financial institutions – UN, OSCE, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and diplomatic missions accredited in Turkmenistan.

Participation in the Conference and business meetings during the event will increase delegates’ understanding of potential investment opportunities in renewable energy opportunities and energy sector diversification towards greener energy.

Presentations and panel sessions within the framework of the event will inform participants about the latest initiatives in reducing emissions and associated gas in development of Turkmenistan’s vast energy resources.

Due to travel restrictions, the event will be held in both traditional and online formats. This approach will also be used to organize meetings on the sidelines of the Conference with the management of the oil and gas sector of Turkmenistan.