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Looking ahead to COP26

Oct 21, 2021


The imperative to reduce the emissions associated with oil and gas production.

As Professor Tony Addison, UNU-WIDER, writes in his blog: “Precious biodiversity, forests, and water are too often lost or damaged by oil and gas production.. Since the world needs natural gas and oil for some time to come, it is imperative to reduce the emissions associated with their production, while making every effort to accelerate their phase out….The venting and flaring of gas in the oil and gas industry is a substantial contributor to the sector’s emissions, and these practices also release toxic chemicals that harm health. Drawing on two WIDER Working Papers, Kathryn McPhail and Etienne Romsom discuss the technical and economic solutions that are available today to stop gas flaring and venting. Nigeria, for example, has shown how satellite data can be used to track the problem and take action. These measures could make substantial contributions to meeting the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) of major producing countries”.

For more information, see also https://energycc.com/blogs/looking-ahead-to-cop26


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