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IEEFA podcast: Greenhouse emissions from gas higher than industry estimates

May 04, 2020
Bruce Robertson

There are massive greenhouse emissions being released from the fossil fuel, gas, and LNG (liquefied natural gas).

Gas is worse for the climate than coal

This week we’re talking about something not many people know about, which is the massive greenhouse emissions being released from the fossil fuel – gas – and LNG (liquefied natural gas).

Those emissions are so big that in one major oil and gas producing area – the Permian Basin in the U.S. – they have likely wiped out all energy emission reductions since 2010 for the whole country.

If only 3% of gas produced is leaked, gas is worse for the climate than coal.

Yet it’s more than 3%. BP says it’s 3.2%. And a recent study of the Permian Basin found that 3.7% was lost in the production process.

What’s this telling us? This is the gas industry’s ‘Volkswagen’ moment.

Bruce Robertson is IEEFA’s LNG and gas analyst, and he talks about the extent of the gas industry’s emissions in this latest podcast.

Listen to the podcast here.

 

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Bruce Robertson

Energy Finance Analyst – Gas/LNG, Bruce Robertson has been an investment analyst, fund manager and professional investor for over 36 years. He has worked with Perpetual Trustees, UBS, Nippon Life Insurance and BT. He has appeared as an expert witness before a number of government enquiries into energy issues.

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