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Fugitive emissions from the gas industry: May 2017 update

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Publication Date: 
May 2017

We’ve supported empirical research into fugitive emissions of methane from Australian coal seam gas (CSG) fields since 2013. A study by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is a key milestone in this reseach and has helped us improve how we estimate these emissions.

This summary report describes how we updated estimation methods in Australia's National Inventory Report, informed by the study, and recent, relevant US experience.

Fugitive emissions from the gas industry come from equipment leaks, deliberate or accidental venting, or gas flaring. The updated estimation methods mainly concern the treatment of leakages.

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