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Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems

Science, vol.343 pp.733-735, 14/02/2014


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Resource IDbrandt2014
Resource titleMethane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems
Author(s)A.R. Brandt, G.A. Heath, E.A. Kort, F. O'Sullivan, G. Pétron, S.M. Jordaan, P. Tans, J. Wilcox, A.M. Gopstein, D. Arent, S. Wofsy, N.J. Brown, R. Bradley, G.D. Stucky, D. Eardley, R. Harriss
Publication/ sourceScience, vol.343 pp.733-735
Date published14/02/2014
Summary text/ abstractTo improve understanding of leakage rates for policy-makers, investors, and other decision-makers, we review 20 years of technical literature on NG emissions in the United States and Canada. We find (i) measurements at all scales show that official inventories consistently underestimate actual CH4 emissions, with the NG and oil sectors as important contributors; (ii) many independent experiments suggest that a small number of "superemitters" could be responsible for a large fraction of leakage; (iii) recent regional atmospheric studies with very high emissions rates are unlikely to be representative of typical NG system leakage rates; and (iv) assessments using 100-year impact indicators show system-wide leakage is unlikely to be large enough to negate climate benefi ts of coal-to-NG substitution.
Library categoriesClimate Change, Energy, Extr. Energy Climate
Added to Free Range Library06/04/2014
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