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Fugitive Methane Emissions from Industry

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Over the course of a century, methane is more than 20 times as potent as carbon dioxide and it frequently escapes into the atmosphere in the form of fugitive methane emissions during the development of natural gas and some industrial processes, undercutting the climate advantage that cleaner-burning natural gas provides over coal and diesel. Recent studies estimate U.S. leakage rates in the range of 2–3% of total natural gas production, with some published estimates going as high as 7%. Transformative new solutions for reducing fugitive methane emissions, including the development of advanced remote leak monitoring technologies, could dramatically reduce global GHG emissions in this area.