Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. When it is released into the atmosphere it has a much higher global warming impact than CO2. Natural gas consists mainly of methane.
Tackling methane emissions
Efforts to address climate change therefore require the industry to reduce both deliberate and unintended methane emissions from production to the final consumer. It is important that the gas industry continues to monitor and reduce methane emissions. This includes wider implementation of leak detection and repair programmes which use infrared cameras.
European Union policy recommendations
In May 2020, Shell – alongside, BP, the Environmental Defense Fund, Eni, Equinor, the Florence School of Regulation, Repsol, the Rocky Mountain Institute, Total and Wintershall Dea – shared recommendations with the European Commission, proposing policies to reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry.
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