Methane emissions increased by 32% up to August: The world has seen methane emissions increase by around 32% in the first eight months of the year.

A new report by the data analytics firm Kayrros has found, which suggests the energy industry and oil and gas operations in Algeria, Russia and Turkmenistan saw the volume of methane emitted from large leaks increase more than 40% for the same period.

The report attributes this increase to the impact of changing operational practices of oil and gas operators in light of the coronavirus pandemic and adjusted activity surrounding pipelines and is based around satellite data imagery and analysis.

A combined volume of visible large methane leaks of ten megatonnes was tracked in 2019 by Kayrros’ technology, roughly equivalent to more than 800 megatonnes of carbon dioxide in a 20-year period.

President of Kayrros, Antoine Rostand said: “Such increases in methane emissions are concerning and in stark contradiction to the direction set in the Paris Agreement of 2015.

“Despite much talk of climate action by energy industry stakeholders, global methane emissions continue to increase steeply.”

Methane emissions increased by 32% up to August

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