European Union may enact binding limits on methane emissions from gas industry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The European Union is considering binding standards for natural gas to limit emissions of methane, the second-largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide. The 27-member bloc is the world’s biggest importer of gas, and imposing such standards could affect its major suppliers, which include Russia and Norway.Published on Wednesday, the EU methane strategy includes a clearer commitment than previous drafts, which shied away from methane limits on gas consumed in Europe. It said any legislation would follow an impact assessment involving international partners.“The Commission will consider methane emission reduction targets, standards or other incentives for fossil energy consumed and imported in the EU in the absence of significant commitments from international partners,” the policy said. Curbing methane is key to plans to cut EU greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. However, that target does not capture the emissions released to produce or transport gas to the EU, whereas methane standards for imported gas would.Methane, which is emitted from leaky oil and gas pipelines and infrastructure, unused coal mines and farming, is 84 times more potent than CO2 in its first 20 years in the atmosphere.The Commission will propose legislation next year requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and report methane emissions and repair leaks. It will consider banning venting and flaring, which release methane into the atmosphere or deliberately burn it.Satellite data has shown methane emissions significantly higher than levels reported by industry. The Commission said it will help launch an independent international body to gather data, supported by EU satellites.[Kate Abnett]More: EU considers binding methane emissions standards for gas European Union may enact binding limits on methane emissions from gas industrylast_img read more

Aguero close to City return

first_img Pellegrini said: “Aguero continues working and maybe next week he can be fit.” City have won six of their seven games in Aguero’s absence – the exception being a 1-1 draw at Blackburn in the FA Cup third round – but his return will be welcomed ahead of next month’s Champions League date with Barcelona. Key midfielder Yaya Toure is fit for the game at Newcastle on Sunday. Toure hurt his ankle early in Wednesday’s 6-0 Capital One Cup semi-final thrashing of West Ham but appeared to run off the knock and played on until being substituted in the 66th minute. Pellegrini said: “Yaya is okay. There was a little pain in his ankle but nothing important.” Winger Jesus Navas is in contention after being rested in midweek due to a minor knee problem. Striker Stevan Jovetic and midfielder Jack Rodwell remain on the sidelines. Press Association Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could be back in action in the next week, manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.center_img Aguero, City’s top scorer with 19 goals this season, has been out since suffering a calf injury in the 6-3 defeat of Arsenal on December 14. The Argentinian is now back in training and could be in contention for next week’s home clash with Cardiff in the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more