This week’s Highwood Bulletin includes news of a methane collaboration between EPA and PEMEX, MiQ’s new certified gas standards covering most of the supply chain, Canada’s new O&G emissions cap, Colorado’s newly proposed methane intensity rules, webinars, career opportunities, a new award, a guest contribution by Ryan Streams, and our Research Digest. Time to get learning!
EPA and PEMEX Collaborate on Methane
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Mexico’s PEMEX have jointly announced a collaboration to identify methane hotspots at onshore oil and natural gas facilities and build targeted methane reduction strategies. This partnership will help Mexico reduce venting, flaring, and fugitive emissions to achieve its commitment to the Global Methane Pledge. Read more here.
MiQ Releases Updates Standards
MiQ, a natural gas certification program for companies with low methane emissions, has updated its standards and published new ones. Guidance now exists for production (onshore), production (offshore), gathering and boosting, processing, transmission and storage, and LNG. An important change is the inclusion of reconciliation in the methane intensity calculation. Access the standards here.
Canada Announces O&G Emissions Cap
The Government of Canada has announced an emissions cap on the oil and natural gas industry. Draft regulations are expected by the spring and are intended to be finalized by the end of 2023. Details of the cap have not yet been announced, but some speculation suggests that it could be 110 tonnes, based on the government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, published in March. Read more here.
Colorado Publishes Draft Methane Intensity Regulations
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is once again breaking new ground in proposed regulations for regulating emissions from the oil and gas industry. In the draft Regulation 22, CDPHE will require that operators report a measurement-informed inventory based on either aerial overflights or a statistical model of typical facility configurations. The division will then perform reconciliation to verify reported emissions. Read the draft regulations here.
Webinar: Kuva Systems Hosts Highwood in Methane Discussion
On Friday, December 9th, Highwood’s Thomas Fox will be hosted in conversation by Stefan Bokaemper, CEO of Kuva Systems. The hour-long discussion will focus on new regulations in Canada and the US and how they relate to evolving voluntary standards. Tune in to learn more about how to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of O&G emissions management. Register for free >here.
Guest Contribution: Ryan Streams on US Methane Regulations
This week’s guest contributor is Ryan Streams, VP Policy and External Affairs at Kairos Aerospace. Read his discussion of newly proposed US methane regulations in the Highwood Bulletin here. For details on how you can contribute to the Bulletin, see below.
Highwood’s Free Research Digest is Back!
Our popular Research Digest is back, distilling recent peer-reviewed research on oil and gas methane emissions into bite-sized and accessible chunks. Don’t miss out, read it here!
Highwood Recognized in Foresight 50 Award
We are proud to announced that we have been included on the list of Foresight Canada’s top 50 most investible cleantech ventures. We are proud to join 49 other start-ups from diverse sectors helping to to accelerate the transition to a net-zero economy. Click here to learn more.
Join our Team! Highwood is Hiring!
We currently have multiple exciting career postings on our website. In addition to those listed, 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.
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