IEA calls on the oil sector to avoid a spike in methane emissions

IEA calls on the oil sector to avoid a spike in methane emissions

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Smokestacks in an oil and gas refinery.

Paris, Jan 18 – The International Energy Agency (IEA) demanded this Monday that the oil and gas industry prevent, by avoiding leaks in its extraction operations, a rebound in methane emissions, after the downturn 10% in 2020 because of the crisis.

“The mission now of the oil and gas industry is to ensure that there is no rebound in methane emissions even with the recovery of the global economy and that 2019 is its historic peak,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol.

The agency believes that if there are no changes in the way companies operate their gas or oil fields, there is a risk that methane emissions will skyrocket as hydrocarbon production increases as demand recovers.

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