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Methane Recovery and Use: The Importance of Policy

Methane Recovery and Use: The Importance of Policy
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Edition: 2009
24 pages


Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted in the oil and gas sector, at coal mines, landfills and manure management facilities. These emissions represent an often profitable solution to global climate change: methane can be recovered and used to produce electricity and heat. However, while there are hundreds of methane mitigation projects successfully operating around the world, much more can be done, if the right policies are in place. Policy solutions are needed to address financial, knowledge and regulatory barriers that can prevent promising projects from development.

This report for the first time documents the successful energy sector methane recovery and use policies that are in use around the world, with the aim of providing models that can be adapted – resulting in more efficient, lower-cost solutions to global climate change.