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Climate Protection – Key Targets

We recognize the climate challenge facing our societies and aim to work on finding solutions. Climate protection will be a key aspect of the OMV strategy update in 2021, as we continue to set new and more ambitious goals for addressing climate change.

OMV aims to reach net-zero operations by 2050 or sooner. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operations, OMV is applying energy efficiency measures, using renewable electricity, modernizing our equipment and processes, and reducing the venting and flaring of gas. Since 2009, our emissions reduction projects have already helped us cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 1.8 mn metric tons, and we intend to save at least another 1 mn metric tons by 2025.

Effective carbon and energy management helps reduce costs and liabilities (energy, emissions certificates, etc.). OMV Carbon, Energy and ESG Management Department is responsible to generate OMV’s GHG inventory based on international standards and best practice. This ensures a consistent approach across the Group. The main tasks of the team are:

  • to define, implement and manage the OMV carbon strategy process
  • to monitor, calculate and report OMV’s GHG emissions
  • to define OMV’s GHG reporting protocols and Tools

Brigitte Bichler
Head of Carbon, Energy & ESG Management
Tel.: +43 (1) 40440 28726

Energy efficiency

The oil and gas industry is not only an energy producer but also a major energy consumer. There are two options to save energy – either by using it more efficiently or by using less of it. Both are important goals for OMV as they can help lowering operating costs and reducing environmental impacts.

Over the past decade, we have successfully deployed ISO5001-certified energy management systems at all of our refineries. This enables the incorporation of efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reductions into the routine operations of every aspect of the businesses. Since 2009, we have introduced projects that have reduced our absolute emissions in refineries by 0.7 mn t. Energy efficiency projects in all business areas include the modernization of our assets, process optimization, and, where appropriate, this has been done with the help of digitalization and new technologies.

Energy efficiency is also enforced through legislation in different countries where OMV operates. For instance the EU energy efficiency directive requires all Member States to use energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain – from the transformation of energy and its distribution to its final consumption. For OMV this means e.g. investing in initiatives aimed at decreasing fuel consumption in the mobility sector.
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Tips on how to save fuel:
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OMV Eco Days 

Do you have any questions on energy efficiency?

Please do not hesitate to contact our energy efficiency department:
OMV Energieeffizienzkoordinationsstelle
Trabrennstraße 6-8
A-1020 Wien
Tel.: +43(0)1 40440-0 

Renewable-powered operations

We are turning to renewable sources of electricity to power our operations. For example, OMV and Verbund are building Austria’s largest photovoltaic plant. The plant is set to become operational in 2020 and will help power our operations in Austria. In Romania, filling stations are equipped with solar panels to cover their energy needs.

Phase-out flaring and venting

Phasing out routine flaring and venting is an essential step towards combining resource efficiency and long-term economic success. Most importantly, it actively supports our efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations. We are committed to the World Bank Zero Flaring by 2030 Initiative. 

We are committed to the World Bank Zero Flaring by 2030 Initiative!

In January 2017, OMV endorse the World Bank Initiative “Zero routine flaring by 2030” to end the routine flaring of associated gas during oil production. 
The Initiative was launched in 2015 by World Bank together with the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. The Initiative aims to eliminate the existing oil industry practice of routinely flaring gas at production sites by 2030, and to ensure new oil fields are developed with associated gas utilization solutions and without routine flaring or venting. According to the World Bank flaring at oil production sites around the world causes more than 350 million tons of CO2 emissions every year. If the gas that is flared globally every year were used for power generation, it could provide about 750 billion kWh of electricity, or more than the African continent's current annual electricity consumption.

Read the OMV World Bank Initiative endorsement letter (PDF, 264,2 KB)

OMV commits to

  • design new projects with no continuous and routine flaring and venting of gas
  • end the legacy routine flaring and venting at existing operational sites through implementation of all viable solutions, as soon as possible, but no later than 2030.
  • report its routine flaring data annually to World Bank. 

Information about GHG emissions reduction in our operations here.

Future technologies – from carbon capturing to hydrogen solutions

OMV is engaged in several pilot projects, including the UpHy project, which involves the production of hydrogen for use on the road and in the refining process. Green hydrogen can be used in our facilities, which will reduce carbon emissions from the refining process.

OMV is also investigating ways of capturing CO2 from its own assets and introducing it into former gas reservoirs to reduce OMV’s carbon footprint.

We believe that transitioning to a circular economy will significantly reduce our impact on the environment and our CO2 emissions. Such a circular economy is essential for a low-carbon future. Through the efficient use of our precious resources, we can recover and reuse byproducts or waste to make new materials and products. This process has the potential to significantly reduce associated emissions right across product value chains. Together, OMV and Borealis aim to be leaders in the circular plastics economy by combining their competencies in chemical and mechanical recycling. What’s more, we will invest EUR 1 bn in innovative solutions by 2025.

ReOil – used plastics as a raw material

The ReOil pilot project realized in the Schwechat Refinery (Austria) uses hard-to-recycle plastic waste to produce synthetic crude in a pyrolysis process. This recycled crude can be processed into any desired refinery product. This will reduce our dependency on fossil resources and improve our carbon intensity. By 2025 OMV aims to develop ReOil® into a commercially viable, industrial-scale recycling technology with a processing capacity of approximately 200,000 t of used plastics per year.
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Co-Processing – biogenic waste as a raw material

OMV co-processing technology produces fuels from various types of biogenic, often waste-sourced, feedstock. This co-processing technology allows us to introduce biogenic waste-sourced components (e.g. used cooking oil) during the fuel refining process, which, in turn, increases the quality and stability of the fuels. Our high degree of integration at OMV refineries reduces greenhouse gas emissions from co-processing by up to 85% when compared with the EU standard for similar finishing steps for biofuels.
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Carbon capture and utilization – CO2 byproduct as a raw material

Lafarge Zementwerke – a member of the LafargeHolcim Group – has co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with OMV, VERBUND, and Borealis to design and build a full-scale plant to capture CO2 by 2030. This CO2 will then be processed into synthetic fuels, plastics or other chemicals. Climate neutrality, a circular economy and innovation in Austria will all be enhanced by establishing a cross-sector value chain for carbon capture. This innovative project significantly reduces emissions from cement production and will turn this CO2 greenhouse gas into a valuable raw material.

Stopping ocean plastic leakage - Project STOP by Borealis

In October 2017, Borealis launched an initiative called Project STOP to eliminate leakage of plastics into the ocean, increase plastics recycling, and support the broader systemic changes required for a circular plastics economy. Project STOP focuses on the areas of the world where plastic ocean pollution is the most pressing. It helps cities and communities to establish sustainable waste management systems designed to reduce waste and create jobs. The first project started in Indonesia and is working to improve the ways plastics are handled in one of the country’s most polluted areas. More information on Project STOP
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By 2025, at least 60% of our product portfolio will be composed of low and zero-carbon products. This means that we will use oil for petrochemical products, expand our gas, hydrogen and e-mobility offerings, and deliver advanced biofuels.


Responsible use of natural resources means not only producing and processing them efficiently but also maximizing their value for society. For crude oil, this translates into finding long-lasting, high-tech applications for hydrocarbons rather than burning them as fuel. Products based on petrochemical products such as ethylene, propylene, and butadiene are used extensively in our daily lives.
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OMV actively advocates for the increased use of gas in power generation and mobility during the transition phase. Replacing lignite-fired power plants with gas reduces CO2 emissions by 50%. By 2025, 65% of our Upstream production portfolio will be natural gas. Gas in the form of natural gas, biomethane, hydrogen, and synthetic methane supports the integration of renewable energies. 
In the area of gas mobility, we offer our customers liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) solutions. Both emit significantly less CO2 and other air emissions when burned in combustion. We operate around 70 CNG filling stations across Europe. Our customers also have the option of procuring climate-neutral gas with our carbon-offsetting service.
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OMV offers zero-carbon products, such as hydrogen. We have 14 hydrogen filling stations in Austria and Germany.  OMV is actively exploring options with partners designed to take the key power-to-gas technology to an industrial scale. Sector coupling becomes a reality when energy from power-to-gas, wind, and solar is stored as hydrogen. Separate gas and electrical grids have the potential to become one energy cloud with fluid transitions. 
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OMV offers e-mobility options based on renewable energy. Over 200 e-charging points are available at OMV filling stations in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia.
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OMV sells ISCC-certified biofuels that meet strict standards for CO2 emissions, as compared to conventional fuels. OMV also uses new technologies to increase the quality and stability of fuels with biogenic components through what is known as co-processing.
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Recognition of OMV’s sustainability performance

Find out more about how external bodies rate OMV’s sustainability performance here.

CDP ranks OMV “Leadership A–” in the climate change category

CDP is a non-profit organization which holds the largest collection of self-reported climate change data and is an important investment decision tool, especially for SRI investors. We report to CDP since 2011 and we have been among the top CDP performers in the Oil & Gas Industry for several years now.

OMV achieved a CDP 2019 climate scoring of “A-“ (leadership) and is among the top five companies which achieved a CDP leadership score of A/A- across all sectors in Austria. With this strong CDP result OMV shows a high level of transparency with regard to efforts on combating climate change, such as carbon reduction target setting, carbon emission reductions through concrete measures and projects as well as external data verification.