Canada finalizes major commitment to reduce carbon pollution
“These regulations are smart and practical measures that support clean technology and good new jobs in the oil and gas sector. By better detecting and patching leaks, companies will be able to save—and sell—natural gas that’s going into the atmosphere today. Canada is a leader in clean competitiveness, and, with these regulations, we’re showing that the environment and the economy go hand in hand.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Methane is the main part of natural gas that is used to heat homes and power factories. The proposed regulations will help Canada’s oil and gas industry conserve valuable natural gas that is now wasted. These regulations will help producers save over $1 billion worth of natural gas between 2018 and 2035.
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas responsible for about 25 percent of the human-caused global warming we feel today, and it packs more than 70 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
The amount of natural gas that will be conserved as a result of these regulations will be greater than the total amount used by all of the homes in the province of Saskatchewan, in a given year.
Canada’s methane regulations are similar to oil and gas requirements that already exist in other jurisdictions, such as California, Colorado, Utah, and Pennsylvania, some of which have more stringent requirements.
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