For the last six months, Clean Air Task Force has been documenting never-before-seen methane emissions in the oil and gas industry around Europe using a special infrared camera. We have been shocked and surprised by the extent of emissions we found in just a few short months. The videos show that the European oil and gas industry is no cleaner than other industries around the world.
On June 24, 2021, we released a library of nearly 50 videos from Germany, Hungary, and Italy. This is just the beginning. We will be continuing to release more videos from other countries throughout the summer and fall.
Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas with 80 times greater climate warming potential than carbon dioxide over a twenty-year period. If we have any hope of reining in the worst impacts of climate change over the next three decades, we must act now to reduce methane emissions.
A recent study released by an independent panel of scientists for the UN Environmental Programme and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition found that with a 45 percent reduction of methane from all sources by 2030, we can save 0.3C degrees of global warming over the next two decades. The oil and gas sector is one of the largest contributors to methane worldwide, and it is the easiest target for methane abatement.
A reduction of methane emissions in the oil and gas sector can often be implemented at negative or marginal costs, making use of existing technologies and best practice. In fact, reducing…