An investor’s guide to methane

Engaging with oil and gas companies to manage a rising risk

Investors in the oil and gas industry have two primary roles to play in managing methane risk: company engagement and policy support.

This guide includes three sections: Measure, Report and Reduce. Each section provides background to help inform investors, initial and follow-up discussion questions to guide constructive dialogue, and expectations for which operational and reporting practices companies should adopt.

The guide also contains a tool to assist investors in assessing where a company falls on the spectrum (beginner, intermediate or expert) on methane management. This structure can help identify next steps that companies can take on their journey to better methane management. The benchmarking structure enables investors to build on and encourage a practice of continuous improvement by oil and gas industry leaders, while holding operators accountable for concrete and specific results to better manage methane emissions.