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Listen: Methane ‘ultra-emitters’ offer oil, gas industry quick, significant way to reduce climate footprint

  • Featuring
  • Jasmin Melvin
  • Commodity
  • Natural Gas Oil
  • Length
  • 22:18
  • Topic
  • Energy Transition Environment and Sustainability

Using satellite data from 2019 and 2020, a team of French and US researchers created the first systematic estimate of large methane leaks that can only be seen from space. They detected about 1,800 so-called "ultra-emitters" over the two years, of which roughly 1,200 came from oil and gas facilities. Those high-emitting events, which are normally undetectable and not accounted for in national greenhouse gas inventories, represented as much as 12% of global methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, according to their study.

Senior editor Jasmin Melvin spoke with Antoine Halff, co-founder and chief analyst at Kayrros, a French data analytics company that supplied the data that the study was based on, about the prevalence and causes of oil and gas "ultra-emitters" and the climate benefits as well as business opportunities that could come from greater use of satellites to detect and address these emissions.

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This podcast was produced by Jasmin Melvin in Washington and Jennifer Pedrick in Houston.

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