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New partnership aims to track emissions

A Colorado-based non-profit environmental organization teamed up with multiple leaders in the Permian Basin oil and gas industry to better track emissions from fossil fuel facilities to curb pollution and its impact on climate change.

The Rocky Mountain Institute partnered with Spherical Analytics to create the Climate Action Engine, a digital platform that will offer emissions data in the Permian intended to inform the planning process as oil and gas companies seek to reduce their environmental impacts.

Production, transportation or use of oil and gas products account for about half of global energy-related emissions, read a news release from the Institute, and about 84 million tons per year of methane emissions can be “directly” attributed to fossil fuel production.

That’s why tracking such emissions became more important in recent years, the release read, and the platform was intended to help companies meet reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions and invest more in efforts to curb the effects of climate change.

It would use data from satellites, aircraft, monitoring station and industry reports to track emissions in the region, and would be gradually developed to operate across industry sectors, the release read.

“By bringing data, intelligence and people together onto one, single platform (Rocky Mountain Institute) is enabling climate solutions for the oil and gas industry that work for the benefit of the climate, companies, countries, and people,” said Taku Ide, principal at the Institute.

“With extensive connections into a comprehensive and growing ecosystem of climate-relevant data and partners, our hope is that the CAE will grow to be the go-to for high-value insights across all human-made GHG emissions sources, across all geographies.”

Operators participating in the pilot program included Shell Energy, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Origin Energy who will use the system and provide feedback while identifying ways to reduce emissions.

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