Opportunities to reduce anthropogenic methane emissions in the United States
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Published by United States Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Radiation in Washington, DC .
Written in English



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  • Atmospheric methane -- Environmental aspects -- United States.,
  • Air quality management -- United States.

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Statementeditor Kathleen B. Hogan.
ContributionsHogan, Kathleen B., United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Air and Radiation.
LC ClassificationsTD885.5.M48 O64 1993
The Physical Object
Pagination1 v. (various pagings) :
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1224363M
LC Control Number94224368

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  Through the Natural Gas STAR program, EPA will work with the industry to expand voluntary efforts to reduce methane emissions. Taking action to curb methane waste and pollution is important because emissions of methane make up nearly 9 percent of all the greenhouse gas emitted as a result of human activity in the United States. Improving Characterization of Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States summarizes the current state of understanding of methane emissions sources and the measurement approaches and evaluates opportunities for methodological and inventory development improvements. This report will inform future research agendas of various U.S. United States. The contributions of fluxes from natural wetlands are modeled first and subtracted from the observed CH 4 ( TgCy−1 for the continental United States); these fluxes are much smaller than anthropogenic sources in the United States and thus would be difficult to independently constrain from atmo-spheric data (SI Text). There are many economically viable opportunities worldwide to reduce methane emissions. GMI serves as an innovative mechanism to bring together interested parties from government and the private sector to overcome barriers and facilitate methane project development and implementation around the world.

In addition to mitigating climate change, reducing methane emissions delivers a host of other energy, health and safety, and local environmental benefits. Many technologies and practices that reduce methane emissions also reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds, hazardous air pollutants, and other local air pollutants. Fast action to mitigate methane emissions also offers economic, health and agricultural co-benefits that are highly complementary to CO 2 mitigation. Methane has a lifetime of about 10 years in the atmosphere, much shorter than CO 2. This means actions to reduce emissions can rapidly reduce . For example, a key source of methane emissions in China is coal production, whereas Russia emits most of its methane from natural gas and oil systems. The largest sources of methane emissions from human activities in the United States are oil and gas systems, livestock enteric . Over a dozen Ministers from countries around the world released a statement today calling for accelerated action to substantially reduce venting, leakage, and flaring of natural gas from oil and gas operations worldwide. Specifically, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition intends to work with leading oil and gas companies to achieve substantial global methane and black carbon emission reductions.

You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.. Activities That Reduce Global Anthropogenic Methane Emissions (PDF) (37 pp, K, , EPA-OAR-CCD) Activities That Reduce Global Anthropogenic Methane Emissions RFP Amendment (PDF) (1 pg, 12 K, Novem ) Activities That Reduce Global Anthropogenic Methane Emissions . Roughly a third of the contemporary anthropogenic methane emissions come from the fossil fuel energy sector worldwide (oil, natural gas, and coal) (~ to Tg a −1) (3, 4, 5). Curbing anthropogenic methane emissions, including those from the oil/gas sector, is considered an effective strategy to slow the rate of near-term climate warming. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), “Anthropogenic Emissions of Methane in the United States,” seeks to better quantify the current levels, regions and sectors that are its key sources. The study’s research team — based at Harvard, Stanford, the University of Colorado, NCAR, Lawrence.   reporting accuracy and transparency of anthropogenic methane emissions in the oil and gas Coalition (CCAC) as a voluntary initiative to help companies reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. Managed by UNEP, OGMP is the only multi-stakeholder partnership working on methane members and offices in the United States, China.