What Role Can AAPG Play in Sustainability?

A A few years ago, our work team was tasked to create the company’s very first annual Sustainability Report. At that moment in time, we were not sure what that meant, what it would include and what its impact would be. Of course, the first questions we asked ourselves were: “What is sustainability?”, “What is ESG?”, “What are the United Nations Sustainable Development goals?” and “How does this pertain to the company, our industry, our technologies?”

Once we understood the answers to those questions, we were able to define our current impacts and then set a plan in motion as to what we can do better – how we can positively affect and improve our governance, social responsibility and environmental performance.

Fast forward to 2021. We have new questions. What role can AAPG, and geoscientists play in the sustainability arena? We, as geoscientists, in whatever role or position we hold in industry, academia government or NGO, have a major role to play in the energy transition and sustainable development. We understand the Earth, its processes and resources better than any other discipline.

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A A few years ago, our work team was tasked to create the company’s very first annual Sustainability Report. At that moment in time, we were not sure what that meant, what it would include and what its impact would be. Of course, the first questions we asked ourselves were: “What is sustainability?”, “What is ESG?”, “What are the United Nations Sustainable Development goals?” and “How does this pertain to the company, our industry, our technologies?”

Once we understood the answers to those questions, we were able to define our current impacts and then set a plan in motion as to what we can do better – how we can positively affect and improve our governance, social responsibility and environmental performance.

Fast forward to 2021. We have new questions. What role can AAPG, and geoscientists play in the sustainability arena? We, as geoscientists, in whatever role or position we hold in industry, academia government or NGO, have a major role to play in the energy transition and sustainable development. We understand the Earth, its processes and resources better than any other discipline.

AAPG is working together with its divisions, committees and interest groups to provide information and to be a major force in leading the sustainability charge.

AAPG Sustainability Highlights

The Division of Environmental Geosciences has a number of ongoing programs and projects dedicated to the sustainability:

The DEG will continue focus on how geoscience can contribute to sustainable development with carbon capture projects, emissions, water resources and climate.

The Sustainable Development Committee has a podcast series of interviews with geoscientists who are addressing topics related to sustainability, which can be found at AAPG.org, which can be found under the “Resources” dropdown menu, under “Audio Podcast.”

The CCUS Conference, Forums and Technical Interest Group have been and will continue to be a resource for technical information and demonstrate the important role geoscientists play in this effort. For more information, visit CCUS.AAPG.org.

Theme 6 of the AAPG/SEG IMAGE ’21 technical program is “Sustainable Energy and Environmental Geoscience,” and will include the following presentations:

  • Making Sustainability Work: Incentives, Economics, and Policy
  • Geoscience and Technology to Address Methane Emissions, Environmental Impact, and Mitigation
  • Sedimentology and CO2 Sequestration: Reservoir Characterization, Migration, and Trapping
  • Development and Lessons Learned in Carbon Capture Use OR Storage –

AAPG has been involved with the Society of Petroleum Engineers GAIA initiative since its inception. GAIA was created by the SPE Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability technical discipline to share knowledge about sustainable development though resources, thought leadership and applied best practice. For more information, visit SPE.org/en/gaia.

AAPG is part of a global team contributing to a Geoscience Sustainability Atlas. The Atlas will highlight the contributions of geoscientists to sustainability and map those contributions to the UN 17 Sustainability Development Goals. If you know or have worked in initiatives or projects, where the geodisciplines/ geoscientists have supported communities, improved environmental performance, reduced environmental impacts and/or enhanced prosperity, please, let us know.

AAPG and the DEG offer many opportunities to be part of sustainable energy development. We want to hear from you on your sustainability efforts.

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