Shell is to maintain methane emissions intensity below 0.2% by 2025. This target covers all oil and gas assets for which Shell is the operator, and complements its ambition to cut the Net Carbon Footprint of its energy products by around half by 2050.
Maarten Wetselaar, Shell’s Integrated Gas & New Energies Director, said: “It is a further demonstration of our continued focus on tackling greenhouse gas emissions. Such efforts are a critical part of Shell’s strategy to thrive during the global energy transition by providing more and cleaner energy.”
To maintain this methane target, Shell is implementing programmes, including using infrared cameras to scan for methane emissions, deploying advanced technology to repair leaks, and replacing high-bleed pneumatically-operated controllers with low emission alternatives.
Shell recognises that there remains uncertainty with measuring methane emissions. “This is an industry wide issue and we need to fix this fast,” said Maarten. “We must get a much more accurate understanding of how much we are emitting.”
The target for methane – which has a higher impact on global warming than carbon dioxide when released into the atmosphere – will be measured against a baseline Shell leak rate, which is currently estimated to range from 0.01% to 0.8% across the company’s oil and gas assets.
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18th September 2018