Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and the primary component of natural gas. Emissions of methane contribute to air pollution and are a powerful global warming agent. In its first twenty years after being emitted into the air, methane has more than 80 times the global impact of carbon dioxide. Therefore, reducing methane emissions is considered the quickest route to reducing climate change. The largest source of methane emissions in the U.S. and globally comes from the oil and gas industry.
The problem begins when unburned gas escapes into the atmosphere creating fugitive emissions. Fugitive emission can occur throughout the natural gas supply chain, but it is difficult to determine the exact extent and length of the escape prior to actions being taken to repair. If not better mitigated, methane emissions could undermine the advantage natural gas offers and result in major issues for the climate. Limiting methane pollution from the production and delivery of oil and gas is a key element necessary to slowing the rate of climate change.
Technology advancements in methane emissions monitoring through optical gas imaging, like Honeywell Rebellion, can provide continuous monitoring and quantification of a site for quicker, more reliable detection of methane emissions.
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Infographic: Understanding the impact of methane emissions