The next episode of FSR debates in collaboration with Environment Defense Fund Europe will look at methodological issues on baseline methane emissions in the EU and globally. There is a high level of uncertainty today for tracking progress in the mitigation of methane emissions, which means that emissions are still underestimated. It could also hamper further efforts to reduce methane emissions.
The debate will start with the discussion on the current state of methane science with the presentation on methane in the recently published findings of the Working Group I (WGI) contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Subsequently, the webinar will use two case studies from Romania and Australia to give insight into the issues experienced by the researchers who worked on these projects. In both countries, potential inconsistencies in existing inventories were encountered, and the scientists will discuss their experiences on how measurements can help to improve emission baselines.
In the second session, the discussion will focus on possible solutions. In particular, the key areas for further efforts needed to help underpin this important building block of an effective Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) regime will be discussed.
Host: Andris Piebalgs, Florence School of Regulation
14.00 – 14.05 Welcome
14.05 – 15.00 Session 1 The current state of methane science
Keynote address: Vaishali Naik | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Thomas Röckmann | Utrecht University
Bryce Kelly | University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) (pre-recorded video)
15.00 – 15.55 Session 2 Key areas for further research
Steven Hamburg | Environment Defense Fund Europe/IMEO Scientific Committee
Manon Simon | Carbon Limits
Ricardo Bolado-Lavin | Joint Research Center
Keynote remarks: K.C. Michaels | International Energy Agency
15.55 – 16.00 | Conclusion
Dagmar Droogsma | Environment Defense Fund Europe
Isotopic signatures of major methane sources in the coal seam gas fields and adjacent agricultural districts, Queensland, Australia
Coal seam gas industry methane emissions in theSurat Basin, Australia
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