MethaneSAT: A new era of emissions accountability?

The launch of MethaneSAT has been heralded as a new era of emissions accountability for the oil and gas industry.

The first satellite to be launched by an environmental group, MethaneSAT will track global methane emissions at a resolution around 140 metres, enabling the detection of small, diffuse sources from oil and gas producers. Data from MethaneSAT measurements will be publicly available, in the hope that transparency will trigger action to reduce emissions. Individual operators will be able to identify and stem leaks, after being ‘named and shamed’ by the satellite’s unique analytics which can identify individual point sources.

Whilst the launch of MethaneSAT is undoubtably a positive step towards meaningful climate action, methane abatement efforts are dominated by emissions stemming from oil and gas. Where are the resources to address methane emissions from other sources, such as water or landfill? The work of MethaneSAT, whilst critical, does not truly reflect the broader methane challenges our planet faces.

To cut methane emissions by 30% from 2020 levels by 2030, as 150 countries have pledged to do so, we need to address all sources of methane emissions, not just those that have the highest awareness and deepest pockets.

Image sourced from Environmental Defense Fund.
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