Gas flaring within the global LNG supply chain – insights from real-time analytics

Gas flaring within the global LNG supply chain – insights from real-time analytics

Gas consumption is growing due to its perceived lower GHG emissions, and LNG is growing even faster. As the consumer preferences and legislation focusses attention on emissions, companies are increasingly marketing “carbon-neutral” LNG with offsets from carbon credits. However, several lines of thought are increasingly challenging the credentials of the “carbon neutral” claims.  This uses […]

Gas flaring threatens Algeria’s energy exports to Europe

Gas flaring threatens Algeria’s energy exports to Europe

Algeria has long been a major gas flarer but time may be running out for the practice as the EU moves to enforce its carbon border adjustment mechanism. This article was authored by Ajay Ubhi and was originally published in issue 441 of African Energy and has been reproduced here with permission. The original article […]

Why we need clearer ESG metrics around gas flaring

Why we need clearer ESG metrics around gas flaring

Executive summary Flaring is a critical metric that many ESG-focussed groups (e.g. regulators, investors, ratings agencies, lenders, consumers and governments) are increasingly seeking to understand.  Some of these groups are facing particular urgency to finalise their sustainability accountability frameworks before COP26. We reviewed the corporate reporting on gas flaring from 13 leading oil and gas […]

New data confirms we are off track to eliminate gas flaring

New data confirms we are off track to eliminate gas flaring

Executive Summary The latest flaring data, published yesterday by the World Bank, shows some positive movement – a 5.2% drop in gas flaring.  However, this is way off-track to deliver the 90% reduction we need (according to the IEA) by 2025. More concerningly, the lower flaring in 2020 is a “blip”, due only to lower […]

Celebrating successful flare capture projects with independent data-driven evidence

Celebrating successful flare capture projects with independent data-driven evidence

Executive summary Gas flaring is a major source of economic and environmental waste, and the world is not yet “on track” to reach zero flaring by 2030.   But with COP26 coming up (and the global focus on the energy transition), the moment for action to reduce flaring is now. Flaring is frequently avoidable, using proven […]

Response to FT’s recent methane article: Don’t underestimate flaring’s methane contribution

Response to FT’s recent methane article: Don’t underestimate flaring’s methane contribution

Capterio published a letter in response to Leslie Hook’s concerning article reports that methane levels in the atmosphere surged in 2020 – the biggest increase since records began. The sources of methane emissions are well-documented: biological sources, such as wetlands;  agriculture and ruminants, particularly belching cows; and extraction and processing emissions from fossil fuels, especially […]

Flaring makes The Economist’s article “the other greenhouse gas” even more important

Flaring makes The Economist’s article “the other greenhouse gas” even more important

The Economist has an excellent article on “the other greenhouse gas”, being methane (CH4) this week. As it rightly says, whilst there is a lot of focus on carbon dioxide, we must not underestimate the importance of addressing methane. According to The Economist, oil and gas production creates 22% of man-made methane emissions (which was […]

Azerbaijan’s opportunities and challenges in flaring and methane emissions

Azerbaijan’s opportunities and challenges in flaring and methane emissions

Natural Gas World just published our latest thought piece, co-authored with colleagues Andrei Belyi and Aziza Khalilova. Click to read the article. January saw first gas from the new Southern Gas Corridor pipeline from linking Caspian gas to the Italian gas hub. A great diversification play for the EU, but also excellent that Azerbaijan’s industry […]

Use it, don’t lose it! Minimising flaring near existing demand centres

Use it, don’t lose it! Minimising flaring near existing demand centres

Executive summary Flaring is major source of economic and environmental waste.  Yet our research highlights that at least 7% of total worldwide flare volumes (11 BCM per year) is within 10 km of gas demand centres (e.g. gas powerplants, chemicals plant, LNG terminals).  When this insight is integrated with data on the proximity of each […]

Why gas flaring should be in the spotlight at COP26

Why gas flaring should be in the spotlight at COP26

Executive summary Gas flaring creates more emissions than the airline industry, yet much of it can be solved technically and commercially.  So-called “flare capture” projects are, therefore, “low-hanging fruit” that reduce emissions, create value and accelerate the energy transition. At COP21 in Paris in 2015, eleven countries made gas flaring a stated commitment to their […]