About American Petroleum Institute (API)
API represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil industry, which supports more than 11 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. Our nearly 600 members produce, process, and distribute the majority of the nation’s energy, and participate in API Energy ExcellenceŽ, which is accelerating environmental and safety progress by fostering new technologies and transparent reporting. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization and has developed more than 800 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency, and sustainability.
Although our focus is primarily domestic, in recent years our work has expanded to include a growing international dimension, and today API is recognized around the world for its broad range of programs:
API’s mission is to promote safety across the industry globally and to influence public policy in support of a strong, viable U.S. oil and natural gas industry.
We speak for the oil and natural gas industry to the public, Congress and the Executive Branch, state governments, and the media. We negotiate with regulatory agencies, represent the industry in legal proceedings, participate in coalitions and work in partnership with other associations to achieve our members’ public policy goals.
API Energy Excellence
The natural gas and oil industry is unified in its commitment to accelerating safety and environmental progress across its operations while meeting global demand for affordable, reliable, and cleaner energy. Meeting this demand requires safe and responsible production, transportation, refining, and exports. Under API Energy Excellence, API members commit to accelerating safety and environmental progress by adhering to 13 core elements that serve to continuously improve our performance as an industry. API members apply these elements to safeguard our employees, environment, and the communities in which they operate.