FourFourSeconds ago, we published an article on how hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can dramatically reduce methane emissions from coal-fired power plants.
However, despite all the hype and the excitement, there’s still much more to be done to reduce the emissions of methane from the energy sector.
We wrote in our article that “there are still plenty of coal-burning power plants in operation around the world that are emitting methane, and we need to understand the sources of the emissions before we can build a future in which the use of energy from the burning of fossil fuels is no longer required”.
We are currently looking into whether to publish another article on methane emissions.
We are also working on a piece for our next issue to be titled, “The Future of Energy”.
So, it’s a great time to look at what the world has been doing to reduce methane from power plants and the gas industry, and what we could learn from other countries.
We’ll look at the following topics:Methane emissions from power stationsIn the past few decades, power stations have started using the process of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from shale formations.
However this process has been a controversial technology, and there are significant concerns about how much methane could be released from the process.
We’ve looked at the evidence from the US and Europe in an article for FourFour.
We found that hydraulic fracturing had produced an increase in methane emissions in the US, but there was also a reduction in the UK, Spain and the Netherlands.
Methanogenic emissions from frackingAs mentioned above, methane emissions have increased dramatically in recent years, from less than 1.3 tonnes per megawatt-hour (MWh/MWh) in 2007 to about 8.1 tonnes/MW/MH in 2014.
However, the main source of methane emissions is not natural gas, but fracking.
This is because natural gas is a relatively cheap fuel, which means that it can be used for a wide range of industrial processes, such as mining, manufacturing, refining and transportation.
As a result, natural gas has a large market share in Europe, which is why we were interested in looking at the effects of hydraulic fracking on the European energy market.
Gasoline and diesel have an even larger share in the European power sector, with almost half of Europe’s gas production coming from shale gas production.
This means that gas prices in Europe are significantly higher than they are in the United States, and they are likely to remain so for some time.
The European Union is a large producer of electricity and gas, and it has a lot of gas-fired plants.
We have previously looked at how European power stations use energy from fracking, and have also looked at whether the use has contributed to the rise in CO2 emissions.
While there is a lot more research to be carried out into methane emissions and the role of natural gas in the EU power sector before we fully understand the full impact of hydraulic fracking on methane, the evidence suggests that the use in Europe is likely to continue.