Author: Caitlan Capps, SVP of Operations, QUBE

In the evolving narrative of emissions management, particularly within the oil and gas industry, we have witnessed substantial progress over the past decade. As we hone our focus on emissions, an array of innovative tools has surfaced to streamline the management and reduction of emissions more effectively. However, adapting to and harnessing modern technology can present its challenges.

Addressing the proverbial elephant in the room, it is worth noting that with growth often comes discomfort, reminiscent of the seven stages of grief. Here are how these stages manifest in the journey of technological adaptation, specifically through the lens of Continuous Monitoring (CM) technology.

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Stage 1: Shock

Upon encountering CM technology, the initial reaction might be hesitation. Rest assured, this technology is designed to aid in emissions management, not complicate it. Its adoption should stem from a clear vision of its value and context for your operations.

Stage 2: Denial 

Choosing to trial CM technology is commendable. It is a myth that only a select group should be involved; instead, broad inclusion ensures comprehensive understanding and buy-in, which is crucial for successful emissions reduction.

Stage 3: Anger 

When piloting the technology, you will inevitably encounter findings that demand action. It is essential to start small and scale responsibly, allowing for strategic responses to initial discoveries. Be mindful of external scrutiny and use empirical data to inform your approach.

Stage 4: Bargaining 

Maximizing the use of CM technology is a common goal. Short-term deployment has its merits for addressing specific concerns. However, the true power lies in its capability for continual oversight, adapting to changes and detecting leaks proactively.

Stage 5: Depression 

Every role comes with its challenges, from dense to-do lists to shifting regulations. CM technology stands to alleviate some of this burden, serving as a supportive tool in your environmental stewardship.

Stage 6: Testing 

The value of CM technology should be assessed through a representative sample of sites, establishing baseline emissions, and engaging diverse teams in the review process. It is about taking measured steps towards full integration, ensuring stakeholder commitment along the way.

Stage 7: Acceptance 

Reaching this stage means recognizing the value of CM technology in filling a vital market niche. It is about understanding that this technology is not just a regulatory requisite—it is a facilitator for efficient emissions management.

With CM technology, you can expect to identify and address the most impactful emissions sources quickly—what we call the "Low Hanging Fruit" phase. This phase often uncovers straightforward solutions that can significantly reduce emissions, paving the way for a more sustainable future.

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