About: methane

Climate change 25-06-2021

Gas infrastructure across Europe leaking planet-warming methane: report

The potent greenhouse gas methane is spewing out of natural gas infrastructure across the European Union because of leaks and venting, according to video footage made available to Reuters.
Energy 15-06-2021

Infrastructure dispute reveals deep divisions in Europe over gas

The EU's 27 energy ministers on Friday (11 June) came to an uneasy compromise on the revision of EU rules covering investments in cross-border energy infrastructure, the so-called TEN-E regulation. The fraught debate sets an unwelcome precedent for future debates over gas.
Climate change 07-05-2021

UN methane report ups pressure on EU to tackle the planet-warming gas

The world must urgently cut its emissions of methane to rein in climate change, a UN report said Thursday (6 May) raising pressure on European Union policymakers who are drafting the bloc's first methane regulations targeting fossil fuels.
Climate change 28-04-2021

Urgent methane cuts needed to rein in climate change, UN says

Deep cuts in methane emissions, including from the fossil fuel industry, are urgently needed to slow the rate of global warming and keep it beneath a threshold agreed by world leaders, according to a UN report due to be released next week.

Investors renew push for EU methane emissions standard on gas

A group representing European investors managing €36 trillion in assets renewed pressure on the European Commission to introduce mandatory methane emissions standards for natural gas, according to a letter dated 31 March.

US plans to end fossil fuel finance overseas, mirroring EU

US President Joe Biden has pledged to end public funding of ‘carbon-intensive’ fossil fuel projects overseas, bringing America in line with EU plans. However, the wording may leave the door open to gas, writes EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News.
Energy 23-11-2020

Oil and gas majors sign up to ‘gold standard’ of methane reporting

Sixty-two major oil and gas companies on Monday (23 November) agreed to a new framework for monitoring, reporting and reducing methane emissions as part of the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0.
Energy 20-11-2020

EU failed to properly assess climate risk of gas projects, watchdog says

The European Commission granted priority status to natural gas projects without properly assessing their impact on climate change, the European Union's Ombudsman said in a decision on Tuesday (17 November).
Energy 14-10-2020

EU Commission paves way for regulating methane emissions in 2021

The European Commission has opted for a “holistic” approach to address the global warming impact of methane, putting the emphasis on international cooperation first before regulating emissions in sectors like energy and agriculture.

LEAK: EU’s draft methane strategy puts onus on data, reporting

A draft version of the European Commission’s methane strategy, expected to come out on Wednesday (14 October), doesn't set limits on methane emissions from fossil fuels, instead setting the stage for that to happen as of 2025.
Energy 25-08-2020

Draft EU methane strategy shies away from binding emissions standards

The European Union’s long-awaited plan to curb emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane will not impose binding standards on natural gas sold in the bloc, according to a draft seen by Reuters.
Energy 13-03-2020

German court rejects last claim against Nord Stream 2

The Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg has ruled that the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline project could continue, rejecting a complaint over a plot of land through which the pipeline should pass and finally clearing the path for the German-Russian project. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 18-02-2020

Putting a lid on Russia’s planet-heating methane emissions

Although Russia has made great strides to decrease methane flaring in recent years, it still lags badly behind neighbouring gas producing countries like Norway. And gas flaring is only part of the story, because it doesn’t take account of leakage, says Lukas Trakimavičius.

EU working on plans to expose climate impact of natural gas

The European Commission is preparing a strategy to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, including fracked LNG imported from the US. But the timing is uncertain because officials are still busy collecting data on which to base...
Agrifood 24-01-2020

Italy welcomes bioeconomy, kisses agricultural runoff goodbye

In 2017, Italy’s entire bioeconomy sector had a total turnover of €300 billion and, within 13 years, employed two million people. The country’s Bioeconomy Strategy was taken up a notch and made even more ambitious at the start of 2019. EURACTIV’s partner Agronotizie reports.
Climate change 07-01-2020

EU’s climate credibility rests on tackling methane emissions from gas

EU methane legislation is not just a nice-to-have. Europe cannot meet its 2030 and 2050 targets, nor ensure the success of the Paris Agreement without it, writes Poppy Kelesi.

EU turns to methane emissions in fight against global warming

The European Commission is working on a first-ever methane strategy that could play a “very significant role” in enabling the EU increase its climate ambitions for 2030, EU officials have said.

US scientist: Methane leakage reports ‘have an inherent low bias’

To understand its full methane emission footprint and its impact on the climate, Europe needs to assess oil and gas imports from countries such as Algeria, Russia and Qatar, for which no data is available yet, says Stefan Schwietzke.

Germany eager to become global leader in developing hydrogen technologies

Germany intends to invest €100 million annually into the research of hydrogen technologies. This could be the business of the future, as well as the country's next top export. However, the future of green gas is still extremely shaky. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 28-06-2019

Satellite data offers new hope for taming oil’s methane emissions

The release of methane emissions from drilling has been a beguiling problem for the oil and gas industry. But EU satellite data points toward a solution.
Climate change 30-04-2019

Methane: Europe’s chronic climate blind spot

Europe has long led the global charge against greenhouse gas pollution. But it has been chronically reluctant to address the climate impact of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, writes Poppy Kalesi.
Climate change 04-10-2018

Swiss cow feed causes fewer farts, boosts climate action

Cows burp and fart more than they need to, says a Swiss firm that has developed a feed that cuts methane emissions from livestock - helping to combat global warming into the bargain.
Climate change 16-10-2017

Oyster flatulence worries climate scientists

Plans to expand aquatic farming could have a serious knock-on effect on climate change, climate experts have warned after new research revealed that underwater shellfish farts produce 10% of the global-warming gases released by the Baltic Sea.
Agrifood 06-01-2017

German Environment Agency: ‘Tax animal products to tackle climate change’

Meat and dairy farming is more damaging to the environment than producing cereals, fruits or vegetables. Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has called for higher taxes on animal products, but the idea is controversial. EURACTIV Germany reports.