This week’s Highwood Bulletin covers developments in greenhouse gas emissions management from around the world, including a new report on methane detection technologies for pipelines, rising global methane concentrations, new net-zero commitments, an IEA report on Canada’s energy future, Canada’s $675MM ERF reopens for submissions, opportunities to join Highwood, and more.
Highwood Publishes Free Report on Pipeline Methane Detection Technologies
Methane emissions from pipelines are of increasing interest to industry, regulators, and end users as they seek to understand the carbon intensity of natural gas across the supply chain. In recent years, there has been significant innovation in methane detection technology for detecting and quantifying methane emissions from gathering, transmission, and distribution pipelines. In a new report, Highwood Emissions Management provides an overview of commercially available methods for detecting natural gas leaks from pipelines. Download the free report here and catch some press here.
The Year 2021 Clinches Fifth Place
A new report places 2021 as the fifth hottest year on record and continues a streak whereby the last 7 years were all hotter than any year before 2015. Despite strong commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. last year increased emissions by more than 6%. Global atmospheric methane concentrations in 2021 soared to nearly 1900 ppb compared to pre-industrial concentrations of around 700 ppb. Read more here.
Exxon Jumps on Net-Zero Bandwagon
Trailing cautiously behind most other supermajors, Exxon has announced a net-zero greenhouse gas target by 2050 in their 2022 ‘Advancing Climate Solutions’ report. Both Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions are included and a comprehensive strategy is proposed and tested. Read more here.
Report: Decarbonizing Canada’s Economy
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a new Energy Policy Review that puts Canada in the spotlight. The 261-page report provides insights into Canada’s decarbonization strategy, discusses the energy transition, and energy security for electricity, nuclear, coal, natural gas, and oil. Read the custom recommendations for Canada’s energy system transformation here.
Emissions Reduction Fund is (Once Again) Open for Business
Canada’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) has had various setbacks that have frustrated just about everyone involved. After closing unexpectedly just before the application deadline in December, the $675MM Onshore program is now back and open for applications. Applications may be submitted until March 31st 2022 – reach out to Highwood if you’d like help designing a project and securing funding. Read more about the program here.
Evaluate Energy Launches New ESG Dataset
A new comprehensive international corporate emissions dataset has been launched by Evaluate Energy as part of their broader ESG offering. The new resource provides emissions benchmarking by company for anyone seeking to understand how companies’ carbon emissions compare. Learn more 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!