Industry Standard Total Energies to Develop Protocol for Qualification of Methane Emission Measurements
Under a collaboration with the Colorado State University, Total Energies aims to establish an international protocol of qualification for methane measurement technologies. The move will help to develop a method for estimating annual methane measurements from point measurements.
Paris/France – As part of its commitment to identify, quantify and reduce methane emissions linked to its operations, Total Energies is partnering with Colorado State University to develop an international protocol for the qualification of methane emissions measurements.
As part of the Global Methane Pledge, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy (DG-ENER) recognized the excellence and relevance of the Transverse Anomaly Detection Initiatives (TADI) developed by Total Energies’ Pôle d’Etudes et de Recherche de Lacq in France and the Methane Emission Technology Evaluation Center (METEC) of Colorado State University in the US, in order to become world references for the qualification of methane emission quantification technologies.
Such a transatlantic initiative is needed because there currently exists no agreement on how to validate methane emissions measurement methods, which is indispensable to compare reported emissions regardless of technology.
Total Energies and Colorado State University will collaborate using their platforms for this scientific partnership to:
- develop protocols to certify the accuracy, detection limits, and operational restrictions of the measurement methods used for methane accounting
- develop a method for estimating annual methane measurements from point measurements.
“Total Energies is committed to reducing methane emissions in line with its target of reducing them by 80 % by 2030, as compared to 2020. The reduction of methane emissions requires an accurate quantification of these emissions. Defining a standard that certifies the accuracy of measurements and compare measurements between equipment and continents is a must,” said Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Chief Technology Officer at Total Energies.
“To this point, there was no standard that people could access to make their solutions viable around the world. I think we are taking a step toward that. There is a commercially enabling aspect to this that we find very exciting. There is a clear need for international engagement on methane measurement and reporting methods. It’s required if measurement results will be broadly accepted,” said Daniel Zimmerle, METEC Director.