Helping the industry to reduce Methane emissions
Checkout the EGU poster with first results from one site: abstract
This project aims at understanding fugitive methane emissions from industrial sites. The reduction of Methane emissions has moved much closer to the focus of the research community. CH4 emissions contribute a significant share to the additional radiative forcing as its global warming potential is many times higher than that of CO2. Due to its short lifetime (ca. 9 years) any emission reduction would help to reduce the radiative forcing "quickly" i.e. over several years rather then the decades or centuries for response to CO2 emission reductions (here one could cite many studies - but the best summary of the consensus is still: here).
Reducing CH4 emissions from industrial sites has even further advantages. It reduces the safety risk due to large CH4 leakages and the captured CH4 has a real commercial value and can often be sold. Therefore, studies have suggested that global anthropogenic CH4 emissions can be reduced significantly with a net profit.
- We have successfully finished our measurement campaign at gas compressor stations in Northern Europe (see EGU poster link above) and a high-resolution modelling framework to quantify emissions is in the last phase of testing.
- The emissions from a European waster water treatment plant were measured as well (see photos of the campaign in the gallery section). We have found good coherence between the different methods used and especially the findings of the carbon isotope study were exciting... to be published in 2015.