Global Gas Flaring Tracker Data

Individual Flare Sites - Gas Flaring Volumes for 2020

Flaring Indicators by Country

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Gas Flaring Volume and Flaring Intensity Charts

Imported Flare Gas Index

GGFR's new metric, the Imported Flare Gas (IFG) Index, identifies how countries that import crude oil are exposed to the climate issue of gas flaring. The IFG Index represents a consumer-oriented indicator that helps importing countries recognize they have an influential role to play in decarbonizing energy systems globally. The Index can also help oil-importing countries assess where the flaring hotspots are in their fossil fuel supply chain; engage in dialogue with countries from which they buy oil; assist them in implementing flaring reduction initiatives, and significantly improve the carbon emissions-intensity of the oil they consume.

Annex I countries are defined by The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and includes the industrialized countries that were members of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in 1992, plus countries with economies in transition (the EIT Parties), including the Russian Federation, the Baltic States, and several Central and Eastern European States. UNFCCC identified the common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities of different parties under Kyoto Protocol where Annex I countries committed to absolute emission reduction or limitation targets, whereas all other (non-Annex I) countries had no such obligations.

A note on methodology: The IFG index aims to quantify the concept that if, a country is importing crude from producing countries then it is also importing the flaring intensity of these producing countries in proportion to the amount of crude oil imported. The methodology to calculate IFG index may be described by following formula(s).

Formula 2: IFG Index

Where,

Formula 1: Flare Intensity

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Flaring Intensity:

  • Annual Volume of Gas Flared: GGFR, in partnership with the United States National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) and The Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines, develops and publishes global gas flaring estimates based upon observations from satellites launched in 2012 and 2017.
  • Oil production: EIA (Crude oil including lease condensate only)

Crude Oil Imports by Country:

About

The World Bank’s 2020 Global Gas Flaring Tracker finds that gas flaring declined by 5% from 2019 to 2020. Russia, Iraq, Iran, the United States, Algeria, Venezuela and Nigeria remain the top seven gas flaring countries for nine years running. These countries produce 40% of the world’s oil each year, but account for roughly two-thirds (65%) of global gas flaring. This trend is indicative of ongoing, though differing, challenges facing these countries.

The only global and independent indicator of routine gas flaring, the Tracker takes data directly from two satellites operated by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that scan the globe each day, interpreted with the assistance of The Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines, to estimate global flare volumes. The Tracker is thus one of the best tools to raise awareness, track progress, rally support and drive collective action, including commitments from governments and industry to end routine flaring.

We hope that this report, tracking progress towards our shared goal of ending routine flaring, serves as a reminder and catalyst to governments and companies to kickstart projects, making investment in gas flaring reduction a key priority and contribution to the critical climate agenda.

Top gas flaring countries persist over time.

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