Climate impact of potential shale gas production in the EU

Climate Impact of Potential Shale Gas Production in the EU. Final report / Daniel Forster and Jonathan Perks. European Commission, July 2012, 158 p.

http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/eccp/docs/120815_final_report_en.pdf

This study shows that provided the climate impacts are well managed, they may be less than those resulting from the use of imported gas from outside the EU.

Drawing upon existing research this report provides an examination of the potential climate impacts of shale gas production in the EU. It begins with a review of existing estimates of GHG emissions from shale gas production and of the potential options for abating emissions from shale gas processes. This evidence is then used to estimate the potential emissions that might be associated with shale gas exploitation in the EU. A brief review is also provided of the current legislative framework in the EU for controlling GHG emissions from shale gas operations. Finally the report provides an examination of the current GHG emissions reporting framework and explores the extent to which emissions from shale gas operations would be captured within the existing reporting requirements…

 


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