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Model Framework for Reducing Methane Emissions along the Gas Value Chain

Based on the best currently available calculations and studies, out of approximately 550 million tonnes of total global methane emissions, those from the oil and gas sector are estimated to amount to 55 million tonnes of gas emitted annually (International Institute for Advanced Studies Working Paper December 2016). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's reference studies indicate that the share of methane emissions that originates from oil and gas sectors is between 9 per cent and 12 per cent of total global methane emissions, which translates into about 2 per cent of annual global natural gas production or 75 bcm per year (1 tonne methane = 1,360 Scm).

The oil and gas industry continues to improve operations to reduce emissions along the gas value chain in order to ensure that methane emissions from the sector will continue to decrease, notwithstanding the current and the predicted future increase in oil and gas production.

Technologies for detecting and quantifying methane emissions, as well as standard national/regional methods for reporting them are available. However, their implementation is not always harmonised and in some cases it may be complicated to make comparisons of the data.

The Committee on Sustainable Energy at its twenty-third session, 19-21 November 2014, decided that its subsidiary bodies should work jointly on developing norms and standards on methane management. 

In order to facilitate this important work, the secretariat submits the following Model Framework for Reducing Methane Emissions along the Gas Value Chain for the Group of Experts’ review and comments. Notwithstanding a prescriptive tone of the Model Framework, its primary role is to provide a point of departure for discussions among the experts

Documents                                                   ENGFRARUS
Model Framework for Reducing Methane Emissions along the Gas Value Chain
(ECE/ENERGY/2017/9)
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Presentations                                                                                                
UNECE Model Framework on Reducing Methane Emissions