Is gas flaring a solvable problem?
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Is gas flaring a solvable problem?

Gas flaring is part of the wider methane emissions challenge. It gets a lot of attention, in part because its highly visible. How easy is it to fix ? Part solutions seem easy, and financially viable, full solutions look tough.

Summary: Gas flaring is part of the wider methane emissions challenge. It gets a lot of attention, in part because its highly visible. How easy is it to fix? Part solutions seem easy and financially viable, full solutions look tough.

Why this is important: One of the toughest challenges around the transitions relates to where is it best to invest - which solutions create both the most impact and are financially viable (or can be made viable). Sometimes fixing the most high profile issues, in this case gas flaring, is not where the big wins are to be found. But these solutions are still worth implementing, every bit helps.

The big theme: We know that we are going to need Oil & Gas for many years, if not decades. Funding low carbon alternatives is the best solution, gradually reducing demand. And for the production we need to keep going, cutting emissions will help reduce the negative impacts.



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Gas flaring - part of the wider methane emissions challenge

I grew up in New Zealand (very agricultural for those who don't know it), and so I was not surprised to discover that agriculture is still the main contributor to global human related methane emissions. What was more interesting is how quickly "fugitive emissions" from the energy system are catching up. Waste is third, and then all the other sources are rounding error.

Source: Our World in Data

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