2022 News & Events

Science Policy Report on U.S. Methane Emissions Released

16 May 2022

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A copy of the report is available from APS.

A new science policy report published today by the American Physical Society (APS) and Optica addresses the need for a comprehensive approach to tracking U.S. methane emissions. According to Monitoring Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations, the United States is not effectively monitoring methane emissions from oil and gas operations, but the federal government could take specific actions to remedy the situation, helping to address climate change. The report provides a technical assessment of the current state of monitoring these methane emissions. It identifies several policy recommendations to inform investments in research to improve the nation's detection capabilities and to strengthen monitoring policies throughout the United States.

CSL's Jeff Peischl is an author on the report, as a member of the report panel of experts for ground-based and airborne measurement of methane (CH4). APS and Optica host a webinar on May 24, 2022, 12-1 pm Eastern Time, with members of the study committee who will provide an overview of the report and its findings. Webinar Registration