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European Gas Is a Long Way From Tackling Methane Leaks

  • Survey by environment groups show a lack of emissions data
  • Methane is second largest source of global warming after CO2
Methane is the second largest source of global warming after CO2.
Methane is the second largest source of global warming after CO2.

Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

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Most of Europe’s natural gas industry has announced an ambition to become climate neutral by mid-century at the latest. But a study shows how difficult it will be to turn the goals into reality.

A survey of companies revealed none could definitively measure their methane emissions, relying instead on estimates, and few had concrete plans to reduce them. German environmental groups Urgewald and Deutsch Umwelthilfe polled 19 of Europe’s biggest natural gas companies, and received replies from seven.