Oct 19 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) is considering joining a U.N.-led initiative that would require disclosing more details of its global methane output, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, a decision one said was inspired by its deal for U.S. shale giant Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD.N).

If it joins, it would mark a shift for a company that has resisted calls for outside reviews of its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The largest U.S. oil producer is in discussions to join the Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP), an initiative coordinated by the U.N. and comprising nearly 100 companies that pump more than one-third of global oil and gas, the people said.

OGMP members report their methane emissions using a standardized, measurement-based methodology designed to boost transparency and encourage companies to fix leaks or otherwise cut output of the powerful greenhouse gas.

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