GHG Mitigation

Upstream Forum: ‘A journey to the heart of the GHG mitigation effort’

Technical Exchange Forum supports GHG mitigation efforts through knowledge sharing and collaborative problem solving.

Upstream Forum: ‘A journey to the heart of the GHG mitigation effort’

Aramco has an ambition to achieve a 15% reduction in upstream carbon emissions by 2035 — an equivalent of 52 million tons of CO2e — in support of the company’s ambition to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 across its wholly-owned operated assets.


In line with this, the Upstream Business Support Department’s (UBSD) Operational Excellence and Operational Compliance Division (OE&OCD) recently hosted its Fourth Environmental Technical Exchange Forum with a view of supporting GHG mitigation efforts through knowledge sharing and collaborative problem solving. 


The interactive forum brought together experts from many different technical backgrounds across the Upstream organization and was well characterized by one participant as “a journey to the heart of the GHG mitigation effort.”


The forum shared an overview of Aramco’s mitigation strategy as well as the framework and some of the ambitious actions required to support progress. This enabled employees to align individual contributions with the broader vision.  


“Custom designed and fully dedicated events like this are a useful mechanism for pooling ideas and sharing best practices, and act as an important vehicle in helping the business line to materialize its environmental ambitions,” said Ahmed A. Aleidan, UBSD director.


Abdulrahman A. Al Sanea, Upstream OE&OCD manager, noted that key ways to reduce GHG emissions include “investing and working on developing potential reduction solutions at scale.”

CCS technology

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology took center stage at the forum. Experts explored the potential of Aramco’s Jubail hub, on which work continues. The facility is on track to begin storing up to 9 million tons of CO2 per year by 2027. 


Experts from Environmental Protection’s Air Quality and Meteorology Division highlighted Upstream as one of the industry-leading methane intensity performance and presented a program to support GHG emission ambitions that leverages industry recommended practices blended with emerging technologies. 


The forum also showcased exciting technological advancements with the potential to accelerate GHG mitigation efforts, such as predictive analytics, and robotics.


“By harnessing Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, we have the potential to reduce our GHG emissions and work toward a more sustainable tomorrow,” said Ayman Badeghaish, head of the Upstream Environmental Group.


Caption for top photo: Attendees engaged in a collaborative learning environment with a presentation on circular economy strategies.  


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