Efforts to mitigate the risks of climate change have primarily focused on reducing emissions of carbon dioxide. Recently this focus has broadened to consider the role of other forcing agents. Specifically, so called short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) which include methane, black carbon, and hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) have drawn the attention of researchers, governments, and industry in proposing mitigation options. Overall, these climate forcers have a comparable effect on climate to carbon dioxide, even though their emissions rates are smaller and atmospheric lifetimes shorter. While real opportunities exist with the inclusion of SLCFs in climate change mitigation, uncertainties remain around their sources, effects, and the appropriate strategies to manage their emissions.
This workshop aims to:
- Identify and understand the effects on warming, precipitation, and air quality from methane and black carbon as well as the associated uncertainty
- Assess the sources of methane and black carbon from both a global perspective as well as the oil and gas industry in particular
- Understand the role of current initiatives to mitigate and manage the emissions of SLCFs
- Discuss remaining gaps in our understanding of SLCF emissions, future pathways to reduce uncertainty, and high impact pathways for reducing these emissions
This workshop will continue IPIECA's longstanding role to promote understanding of climate change and engagement in developing solutions to mitigate risks to society and the oil and gas industry.
- 08 August 2013