Introductory document to the Best Available Techniques to Reduce Methane Emissions from Venting and Flaring Activities in the Mid-downstream Gas Sector

The European Commission has prioritized reducing methane emissions as part of the European Green Deal and the European Methane Strategy. On 15 December 2021, a regulation proposal was adopted to address methane emissions in the energy sector. The regulation focuses on improving measurement, reporting, and verification of emissions, mandating leak detection and repair, and banning venting and flaring except in emergencies or necessary operations.

To support this regulation, MARCOGAZ has suggested nine Best Available Techniques (BATs) for reducing methane emissions from venting and flaring in the mid-downstream gas sector. Operators are also advised to measure operational parameters such as pressure, temperature, and flow at the beginning, intermediate points, and end of operations to quantify residual and avoided methane emissions. This data should be archived to meet the EU’s Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) requirements.

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