The Clean Gas Council’s cloud-based tool and formulation starts with Government mandated published information. It is based on a single point in time data source for a broad resource and ends with real-time monitoring of emissions at the facility level across the globe.
It provides an innovative pathway to verifiable emissions data for the gas industry that is available to the public.
Not all gas is equal, different fields and different transportation methods release varying emissions. And not all emissions reporting is consistent – the majority of emissions reports show the larger the producer, the more emissions they tend to have. However, there can be a large variation in the emissions intensity, which is how much pollution is produced per unit of energy.
The Clean Gas Council publications are easy-to-read, providing clear and concise information in a language you can understand. They have been designed to make it easier for consumers to make smarter decisions to help reduce emissions. The Clean Gas Council is initially developing a pilot using data on the extraction, processing and transportation of Australian natural gas.
Greenhouse gas emissions are generally measured as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalence (tCO2e).
This means that the amount of a greenhouse gas emitted is measured as an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide which has a global warming potential of one.
The greenhouse gases (tCO2e) measured for the Clean Gas Council Australian pilot will be the same as those that are reported under the Australia National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Scheme:
carbon dioxide (CO2)
nitrous oxide (N2O)
sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)
specified kinds of hydro fluorocarbons and perfluorocarbons
As they are done on a total basis, the majority of emissions reports show the larger the producer, the more emissions they tend to have. However, there can be a large variation in the emissions intensity, which is how much pollution is produced per unit of energy.
The Clean Gas Council will make it easier to compare gas from different fields by measuring emissions per terajoule.
In more technical terms the, categorisation of tCO2e emissions used by the CGC will be in tonnes per terajoule (tCO2e/TJ) (or kilograms per gigajoule (kgCO2e/GJ).
Clean Gas is gas that has been extracted, processed and transported with net zero emissions. The emissions related to this part of the gas lifecycle are also known as Scope 1 and 2 emissions.
Temporal data will be tracked to enable analysis of trends, including the impact of remediation activities as producers work towards a net zero future.
The Clean Gas Council will deliver the Australian National Clean Gas Report as our pilot publication. It will be the authoritative guide to the Australian gas market’s emission reduction efforts in the extraction, processing and transportation of natural gas.
Consistent measurement of emissions enables reliable comparisons of progress towards a net zero future. The Report also uses non-technical language to reach wider audiences and facilitate better decision making.