EU to Clamp Down on Domestic Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas

A new proposal would force oil and gas operators in the EU to find and fix leaks of methane in their infrastructure, though it did not extend the rules to cover the companies abroad that supply most of Europe’s gas.

Kate Abnett, Reuters

EU policymakers on Dec. 15 set out a second set of proposals to cut emissions across its economy this decade and to put it on track for net-zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) output by 2050.

In July, the 27-country bloc became the first of the world's major emitters to map out a detailed plan to meet its climate targets with legislative proposals including bigger carbon markets and a phase-out of combustion engine car sales.

The European Commission proposed a second, smaller set of regulations on Dec. 15, which is focused on buildings, methane emissions and fossil gas.

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