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Potential Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Shale Gas Extraction and Use

Department of Energy and Climate Change, 09/09/2013


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Resource IDdecc20132
Resource titlePotential Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Shale Gas Extraction and Use
Author(s)David J.C, MacKay, Timothy J. Stone
Publication/ sourceDepartment of Energy and Climate Change
Date published09/09/2013
Summary text/ abstractIn December 2012, the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) requested a study to gather available evidence on the potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from production of shale gas in the UK, and the compatibility of future production and use of shale gas in the UK with climate change targets. This report presents the outcome of this study and provides recommendations to mitigate the climate change impacts of shale gas exploration, production and use in the UK. This study examines local GHG emissions associated with shale gas exploration and production. The carbon footprint includes carbon dioxide (CO₂) and methane (CH₄). Methane has a global warming potential 25 times greater than CO₂, based on a 100-year time horizon. It also studies the effect of shale gas use on overall GHG emissions rates and cumulative emissions. [note this is the updated 'version 2.5' with missing appendices – not the version originally released by DECC in September 2013]
Library categoriesClimate Change, Extr. Energy Climate, UK Government
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