The United States and the European Union recently announced the “Global Methane Pledge,” an initiative to reduce global methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030. (1)
Of all the potential strategies to deal with methane released into the atmosphere, we propose that converting that methane into Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) would have the greatest overall impact with the lowest overall cost.
Why? Because the resulting fuel would be CARBON NEGATIVE.
How can that be? Because flaring is never 100% efficient. All flares vent some portion of methane due to incomplete combustion caused by a variety of factors. This unburned methane, known as “methane slip,” typically varies from 3% to more than 10% in many countries. According to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, methane has 84 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2 (on a mass basis) on a 20-year timescale and 28 times on the 100-year timescale.
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