Understanding Methane as an SLCP

Short-Lived Promise Jan2016The International Gas Union (IGU) has, in its February Newsletter, drawn attention to a study about long- and short-lived climate pollutants which describes methane as a short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP). The author, Myles Allen of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, explains the difference between SLCPs such as methane in comparison to long-term climate change pollutants such as CO2.

IGU explains much focus is currently being placed on the impact of methane emissions on climate change. It declares the industry is fully committed to reducing methane emissions but at the same time, the impacts of such actions on climate change must be better understood.

“Immediate measures to reduce SLCP emissions could provide some climate benefit to the current generation through reduced warming over the next few decades, but would have little impact on peak warming unless CO2 emissions are substantially reduced at the same time. Immediate reductions in CO2 emissions would also deliver a more substantial climate benefit to future generations,” says Allen in the paper’s Executive Summary.

“Some countries have raised the possibility of adopting a different metric that would significantly reduce the value assigned to short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) like methane and thereby increase the relative emphasis on CO2,” Allen continues.

IGU Newsletters can be found here: www.igu.org/igu-newsletters. A link to the Oxford Martin Policy Paper is in the February Issue.

NGV Global is an organisation affiliated to the International Gas Union. This year, IGU will mark 85 years in existence and NGV Global will celebrate 30 years as an international association promoting, guiding and advocating on behalf of the world-wide natural gas for transportation sector.

(Source: IGU)

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