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Petroleum titans join forces with heads of state to reduce methane

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media

Through combined efforts, international oil and gas giants have aligned with representatives from major petroleum producing states to set up a strategy to reduce methane emissions.

As a part of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s design to tackle climate change, the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership launched Tuesday in-line with the largest-ever UN Climate Summit in New York City.

The UN News Centre states that major oil and gas producing countries, such as Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Russia and the United States have signed on in agreement to slash methane emissions. In addition, the pact’s industry partners include ENI of Italy; Petróleos Mexicanos or Pemex; the U.S. gas company Southwestern Energy; Norway’s Statoil Group; BG Group, the former British Gas, and Thailand’s oil and gas company, PTT.

One arm of the Methane Partnership aims to reduce pollutants from municipal solid waste. According to numbers quoted by the UN News Centre, solid waste landfills are the third-largest human-caused source of methane, making up about 11 per cent of estimated global methane emissions. Over 25 cities have signed on in commitment to cut solid waste pollutants with an expectation of 1,000 cities eventually.

Read the original story from the UN here: “Oil, gas industry launches ‘immediate-impact’ plan to slash global warming emissions.”

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