Established in 1933, the World Petroleum Council (WPC) is a non-advocacy, non-political organisation with charitable status in the U.K. and has accreditation as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) from the United Nations (UN).

The WPC is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable management and use of the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all. The WPC is the only organisation representing the global oil and gas community. The WPC’s prime value to the oil and gas industry today is to catalyse and facilitate dialogue amongst stakeholders that will contribute to finding solutions to key technical, social, environmental and management issues facing the industry.

Executive Committee of the WPC. Astana (Kazakhstan), 2018.

The WPC consists of 65 member countries from around the world representing over 96% of global oil and gas production and consumption. The WPC provides a neutral and non-political forum and its membership is unique as it includes both OPEC and Non-OPEC countries, with representation of National Oil Companies (NOC’s) as well as Independent Oil Companies (IOC’s). Each Country has a National Committee made up of a broad representation of the oil and gas industry in that country, including companies, services, academia, research institutions and government departments.

WPC conducts the triennial World Petroleum Congress, covering all aspects of the industry including management of the industry and its social, economic and environmental impact.

The Secretariat of the World Petroleum Council is based in London, led by the Director General and his dedicated team.

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World Petroleum Council. St. Petersburg, 2019.