American Chemical Society Fall 2023 (I&EC)
American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, August 14, 2023
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry (I&EC)
Understanding and Reducing Anthropogenic Emissions of Methane: Harnessing the Power of Data
Methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, but it has a far shorter residence time in the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the atmospheric concentration of methane is increasing faster than at any time since record keeping began in the 1980s. Because of its high potency and relatively short atmospheric lifetime, reductions in emissions of methane in the near-term are particularly important to slowing the rate of global warming and meeting short-term climate goals: if methane reduction pledges are met, future global warming could be reduced by 0.3 degree C. Existing technologies could be employed to reduce methane emissions by more than 50%. The International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) is a data-driven, action-focused initiative by the UN Environment Programme, with support from the European Commission, to catalyse dramatic reduction of methane emissions, starting with the energy sector. IMEO contains a wealth of publicly available data on methane emissions taken from aircraft and drones, satellites, and ground-level equipment. This symposium focuses on currently available data on methane emissions, measurement technology, climate modeling, and how this information can be used to promote effective reduction efforts that are economically practical.
Organizer: Joseph Sabol
ACS Fall 2023