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Reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector: Satellite measurements to support detection and quantification of methane emissions

Online 16 June 2021 15:00 - 16:30

If the world is to meet the aims of the Paris Agreement, deep reductions in methane emissions must be achieved. As the atmospheric lifespan of methane is relatively short (10 to 12 years), actions to reduce methane emissions now can be very effective.
 
In the last few years, great strides have been made in satellite detection of methane emissions. There are now a variety of satellites with a range of methane sensors and detection capabilities in orbit and several more planned in coming years. These new satellites will bring greater levels of transparency to methane emissions in both the public and private domains.

This webinar will cover four broad themes:

  • The opportunity for satellite monitoring, including the distribution of methane emissions.
  • Overview of satellite technologies, their physics, history and evolution, and strengths and weaknesses of their coverage.
  • Examples of satellite technology in practice, e.g. Tropomi (SRON), GHGsat, and EDF Methane Sat.
  • Analysis of satellite data (Kayyros).

These topics will be covered by expert presenters, including:

  • Professor Ilse Aben (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research)
  • Steve Hamburg (Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund)
  • Stephane Germain (President of GHGsat)
  • Antoine Rostand (President of Kayrros)
  • Eric Kort (University of Michigan)

The session will conclude with a Q&A moderated by Stephanie Saunier, Managing Director of Carbon Limits.  


This is the fourth in a series of methane-related webinars that are a joint collaboration between SPE, IPIECA, OGCI and IOGP. The webinars provide a comprehensive, in-depth exploration of efforts being carried out by leading oil and gas organisations to reduce methane emissions from the industry. Formatted as lively dialogues between experts, participants will be invited to ask and vote for the most relevant questions to be raised to the panellists. To date, the series has covered: detection and quantification; technology and investment; and policy focus and voluntary action from industry.

The previous webinars in the series are available to watch on-demand:

Categories: Climate