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IPIECA-OGCI Methane Workshop

Methane e-news

IPIECA recognises the importance of managing methane emissions to maximise the benefits that gas can bring as a lower-carbon fuel. Between 12 and 14 October, IPIECA held a joint workshop on methane with OGCI, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, in Paris, France. The event brought together oil and gas industry representatives and expert speakers to review methane data from natural gas supply chains, along with reduction methods and equipment. It aimed to broaden the context from North America to beyond. Topics included:

  • Methane science
  • Methane emissions, measurements and databases
  • Initiatives and transparency of efforts
  • Technologies and detection solutions
  • Understanding, quantifying and controlling important methane sources

Highlights included Myles Allen of Oxford University, discussing methane’s impacts in global warming, considering the role of methane emissions in near term climate warming and global warming potentials (GWP). The workshop also heard from Steven Hamburg, from the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) who discussed both the impacts of methane emissions on the lifecycle of natural gas and other fuels, as well as further details of the recent EDF series of studies on methane.

Paul Balcombe of the Sustainable Gas Institute at Imperial College, provided an overview of their recently published White Paper – Methane and CO2 Emissions from the Natural Gas Supply Chain, whilst Colm Sweeney of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Anna Korre of Imperial College covered the approaches of top-down and bottom-up methane emissions estimates.

The workshop continued with presentations on various other topics, including shale gas and distribution network emissions, and then focused on methane emission detection and measurement equipment and techniques, emerging technologies, and the understanding, quantification and control of important methane sources.

These learnings were used to help inform thinking during a subsequent industry working session on identifying key uncertainties and knowledge gaps. The outcomes of that work have highlighted areas for further work and action going forward to reduce methane emissions.

For more information, and to view the presentations from the workshop, please visit the IPIECA webpage.

For more information on methane emissions, read IPIECA’s 2015 fact sheet on Exploring methane emissions. It also explores the associated challenges, opportunities and continuing efforts within the oil and gas sector to address them.