COP 27 and Methane Emissions
Requirements to advance the technology of tracking methane emissions is thus strengthened along with policy measures to reduce emissions.
As countries release plans under Global Methane Pledge, focus shifts on methane emissions from all sources, including agriculture/food systems and fossil fuels.
Global Methane Pledge largely ignores agricultural methane, despite it being the largest global methane source.
Industrial meat and dairy producers have influences that make it difficult to regulate their emissions. So far agriculture has not received the same kind of attention as is the focus on `oil and gas' industry's methane emissions.
Several countries have released new mitigation plans at COP27, but they will not be enough. A relatively small number of companies and facilities contribute a larger percentage of methane emissions.
Advances in technology and innovations present unique tools for corporate accountability efforts, enabling the world to see specific super-polluting facilities and target them for policy implementation.
Methane emissions from `oil and gas' and coal operations are estimated to reach about three-fourth more than what is being reported. This under-reporting undermines the chance of achieving the global goals.
Fortunately the technology to track methane emissions is getting improved everyday and several new tools to understand methane sources were released during COP27 with more on the way.
MARS ( Methane Alert and Response System) is one of them that help track super-emitters. This new satellite system identifies large methane releases, notify stakeholders and track mitigation efforts.
ClimateTRACE is another improved effort that uses satellite observations and computer systems to pin-point methane sources. more