The United States and Canada announced Thursday a common goal of reducing emissions of methane from oil and gas to meet their international commitments on climate change made at the Paris Conference (COP21).
In a joint statement issued on the occasion of the visit to Washington by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the two countries agree to reduce their methane emissions from this sector from 40 to 45% by 2025, compared to their 2012 level.
They also call other countries “to adhere to this target or set their own reduction target.”
Methane, a key component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas, more than twenty-five times more than carbon dioxide (CO2).
Enrolling out on this theme with his conservative predecessor, Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau has made the fight against climate change one of his priorities.
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) is working on his side on new standards for reducing emissions. It wishes in particular to improve the detection and repair of methane leaks in systems and mechanisms to capture natural gas leaking from hydraulic fracturing operations.
According to the executive, methane emissions from the operation of oil and gas in the US decreased by 16% since 1990, but could rise to over 25% by 2025 if no additional efforts .