Crescent Petroleum implements key sustainability initiatives

Region’s oldest privately held oil and gas company is reducing gas flaring and eliminating single use plastics from operations

Majid Jafar-CEO of Crescent Petroleum

Majid Jafar-CEO of Crescent Petroleum

  • Natural gas is now 85% of Crescent Petroleum’s production, which has helped avoid 33 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by replacing diesel with gas to generate electricity 
  • Majid Jafar: “Sustainability has always been central to our business, and it has become a critical business issue for our industry. We must work together to support the low-carbon transition particularly in the developing world”

Abu Dhabi, UAE :Crescent Petroleum, the oldest privately-held upstream oil and gas company in the Middle East has outlined a range of efforts aimed at ensuring a sustainable future for company and the region in the decades ahead. Crescent aims to further reduce its already low level of gas flaring from operations, and is implementing plans to eliminate use of all single-use plastics. It has also continued to improve on a variety of sustainability programmes at its regional operations to reduce its use of water, electricity and fuel, and its overall impact on the environment. 

Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, announced the company’s sustainability efforts on the opening panel of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum. The panel, “Setting the 2020 Energy Agenda” included H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Industry as well as Mr. Michael Sen, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Energy. The panel focused on the geopolitical risks in the energy industry, the drive to lower carbon emitting fuels, and the developments shaping the 2020 energy agenda that will determine the future of energy.

Crescent Petroleum has been a leader in delivering clean natural gas for power generation in the region, with gas now accounting for more than 85 per cent of its total production. As companies and countries look to transition from high carbon emitting fuels like coal and diesel to lower emitting natural gas, Crescent has worked to cut its carbon intensity per barrel equivalent to less than one third of the industry average, with plans to reduce it even further. Moreover Crescent Petroleum has brought its overall flaring down to 0.7 percent of production, with aspirations to bring that figure down to nearly zero in coming years. 

Crescent’s gas production over the past decade has itself helped avoid 33 million tonnes of CO2 by replacing diesel with gas to generate power. That reduction is the equivalent to removing all the UAE’s nearly 3 million cars off the road for two years and PwC estimates that this impact will more than triple in the coming decade.

“For nearly 50 years Crescent Petroleum has leveraged its understanding of the Middle East to promote cleaner energy and social sustainability,” Mr Jafar said “A pillar of that effort is unlocking the potential of

natural gas in the Middle East, where more than 42 percent of the world’s proven gas reserves lie. We see a bright future for this region and its people and recognize that investing in sustainability and the well-being of the communities where we live and work is central to our future success.”

As part of the effort, Crescent Petroleum launched its Crescent Ideas Forum discussion series with a roundtable session entitled “Empowering the Low Carbon Transition”. The high-level event hosted industry leaders and senior officials to discuss “The Role of Oil and Gas Companies in the Energy Transition,” a white paper produced by the Atlantic Council and sponsored by Crescent Petroleum that outlines how energy companies can lead through the energy transition and help reduce carbon emissions around the world.

“Sustainability has become a critical business issue for our industry and we must work together to support the carbon transition particularly in the developing world,” Mr Jafar said. “We have shown how vast GHG emission benefits can be derived from natural gas and we intend to apply our experience in the regions we operate. We must bring our knowhow to help solve some of the region’s key challenges for the betterment of the region and its people. That vision informs and focuses our sustainability efforts across our operations in the UAE, Iraq and beyond.”

Crescent Petroleum has published its annual sustainability report for the past four years, outlining its progress on its sustainability journey. The reports highlight Crescent Petroleum’s commitment to improving its ESG metrics and efforts at continuous improvement. The reports can be found at 


About Crescent Petroleum:                                           

Crescent Petroleum is the first and largest private exploration and production company in the Middle East, now in its 50th year and with experience as an international operator in numerous countries including Egypt, Yemen, Canada, Tunisia, and Argentina, in addition to its continuing operations in the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. 

Headquartered in Sharjah in the UAE, Crescent Petroleum has international offices in the UK and three locations across Iraq, as well as affiliated offices in Egypt and Bahrain. Crescent Petroleum is also the largest shareholder in Dana Gas, the Middle East’s first and largest regional private-sector natural gas company. 

Hassan M. Fattah

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