This week’s Highwood Bulletin features Highwood’s support for OGCI’s Aiming for Zero initiative, Total’s new global drone-based methane detection program, GHGSat’s three new satellites, Germany and the U.S. have a new climate partnership, methane emissions from China’s coal mining expansion, a new report on methane detection policy, and several exciting conferences and employment opportunities!
Highwood Supports OGCI’s Aiming for Zero Methane Emissions Initiative
The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative has launched ‘Aiming for Zero’ that seeks to eliminate methane emissions from oil and gas – treating methane as seriously as it does safety. Aiming for Zero has already been endorsed by BP, Chevron, Exxon, Repsol, Shell, Total, Oxy, Petrobras, Equinor, Aramco, and others. Highwood Emissions Management is proud to be a founding signatory and supporter of the initiative. Learn more here.
Total Implements Worldwide Drone Detection Campaign
TotalEnergies has committed to deployment of a drone-based methane detection system across its entire global upstream asset base. The drone system has been successfully tested in Nigeria, Italy, Congo, and the Netherlands. The top-down drone measurements are expected to help Total reach its 80% methane reduction target by 2030 and achieve compliance with OGMP 2.0. Read more here.
GHGSat Launches Three New Satellites
GHGSat has doubled its methane-sensing satellite fleet by launching three new satellites named Luca, Penny, and Diako. The company intends to launch an additional four satellites by the end of 2023 to improve coverage. To date, GHGSat is the only company offering commercial site-level methane detection services from space. Read more here.
Germany and U.S. Sign Climate Partnership
The United States and Germany have signed a new climate partnership to increase provision of LNG from the U.S. to Europe and lessen Germany’s reliance on Russian natural gas. The deal is expected to play out over a 15-year timeframe and will include cooperation on offshore wind and hydrogen. Read more here.
China’s Increases Coal Mining, Methane Emissions
A new study suggests that expansion of coal mining in China will increase global methane emissions from coal by an estimated 10%. With the expansion of coal mining in China and other countries like Indonesia, methane mitigation efforts are critical to avoid excessive climate impacts. Read more here.
Report: Monitoring Oil and Gas Methane Emissions
A new report by American Physical Society (APS) advises on policy to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas activity. The report recommends the use of emerging detection technologies to focus on a small number of methane sources that account for the majority of overall emissions (i.e., ‘super-emitters’). These recommendations come at a critical time as the U.S. government is actively drafting new methane policy. Read the report here.
Conference: CGA Annual Technical Conference
Catch Highwood’s President Thomas Fox at this year’s Canadian Gas Association Annual Technical Conference, June 6-9, Sheraton Center, Toronto. Thomas will be moderating a panel on certified natural gas alongside speakers from Arc Resources, Equitable Origin, Énergir, and Pembina Institute. Learn more and register here.
Conference: Global Energy Show
Catch Highwood’s Lead Data Scientist Keegan Shaw at the Global Energy Show in Calgary on June 8. Keegan will be delivering a talk entitled “Optimizing Deployment of Methane Leak Detection Technologies Using an Open-Source Tool”. Check out the program and register here.
Conference: Methane Strategies Forum
Join us in Houston on June 20-22 for the 2nd annual Methane Strategies Forum. Highwood’s CEO Jessica Shumlich and President Thomas Fox will be attending and are looking forward to the chance to catch up with old and new friends in the methane reduction space. Learn more and register here.
Join our Team! Highwood is Hiring!
Highwood is always looking for bright folks who want to help us change the world for the better. If you have experience in greenhouse gas emissions management and you’re looking for a career change, please reach out! Check out our active opportunities on our website by clicking here.