Greenhouse emissions from oil and gas are “triple higher” than manufacturers claim Climate crisis
Greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas facilities around the world are nearly three times higher than their producers claim, new data has shown.
Climate Trace, a project to measure actual levels of carbon dioxide and other global warming gases at source, has published. new report wednesday showing that half of the world’s 50 largest sources of greenhouse gases are oil and gas fields and manufacturing facilities.
Many underreport their emissions, and there are few means of holding them accountable.
Oil and gas production can leak methane, and the gas is also often intentionally flared, ostensibly for safety reasons, but sometimes for convenience. Atmospheric levels methane is a greenhouse gas about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide, has seen strong growth in recent years, however Gas emissions by countries were found to be much lower than reality.
“Shocking” underreporting of emissions is a major problem in the fight against the climate crisis, according to Al Gore, former US vice president and founding member of the Climate Trace coalition.
“We can only manage what we can measure,” Gore told the Guardian Policeman 27:00 In Egypt. “Climate Trace is the environment watch for the world.”
Under the UN system, countries are responsible for reporting their greenhouse gas emissions. Gore said: “There are certain vulnerabilities in the self-reporting framework. If there’s a bad actor who doesn’t want to report, or if there’s a branded company that wants to sell its high-emitting asset through a dark private equity group, it disappears from the self-reporting circle. But we still see it because we have empirical data. So we can help them protect themselves from fraud.”
He cited Saudi Arabia as an example. “Saudi Arabia has reported its oil and gas emissions. We have measured them empirically and we find a huge gap that the emissions are higher than those recorded,” he said. “When we look more closely at the emissions found from their processing center, it turns out that the amount of emissions from their processing center that was not reported is correct; [amount] thereby undercounting their reported admissions. Now was that an oversight on their part? Was it a mistake? Maybe. It’s not for me to say.”
Climate Trace uses evidence from satellites, remote sensors and other sources to monitor global emissions, using artificial intelligence to provide a clear picture of the sources of emissions around the world. The group’s database provides emissions information from 2015 to 2021 for all countries that are parties to the Paris Agreement, which includes all nations in the world except for a few failed states.
None of those countries have yet submitted a full 2021 greenhouse gas report to the United Nations, and 52 countries have not submitted any emissions inventories for the past 10 years.
Oil and gas companies were the worst of all industries for underreporting emissions, Gore said. “For the oil and gas industry, it’s consistent with a public relations strategy and a lobbying strategy. All their efforts are designed to buy themselves more time before they stop destroying the future of humanity.”
He pointed to ExxonMobil, which He was found to have covered up what he knew about global warming. “They were engaged in industrial scale lying to the public all over the world, even though they had information about them that informed them that they were dishonest. I really think that they have committed the moral equivalent of war crimes,” he said.
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