Environmental intelligence firm Kayrros is teaming up with the UN Environment Program to make its global data on methane emissions sources available to the public and policymakers, the company first told Axios, Andrew writes.
Why it matters: Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and Kayrros’ data can help countries and oil and gas companies track and fulfill their emissions reduction commitments.
- For example, over 100 countries have vowed to cut their methane emissions by 30% by 2030 under the Global Methane Pledge.
The big picture: Kayrros will provide its data to the UN’s International Methane Emissions Observatory, which is creating a reliable global public dataset of methane emissions.
- By analyzing satellite data, Kayrros has detected methane super emitters around the world, including Turkmenistan and parts of the U.S.
What they’re saying: “The technology on its own is not enough,” said Christian Lelong, director of climate solutions at Kayrros, in an interview.
- Lelong noted that emissions cuts can now be closely and independently tracked and referred to regulatory agencies, which is a key step.
- At COP28 in Dubai, Lelong expects to see some of the first scorecards for how large methane sources, known as super emitters, are being addressed.
- “Transparency is a very powerful thing,” Leland said.