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ERE Seminar: Stefan Schwietzke (EDF) | "Methane emissions from the oil & gas industry: A global..."

April 12, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Virtual Meeting via Zoom (see login details in Description)
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NAMEStefan Schwietzke | International Scientist at Environmental Defense Fund

TITLE"Methane emissions from the oil & gas industry: A global measurement campaign"

ABSTRACTMethane is a greenhouse gas many times more powerful at warming the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. However, relatively little is known about emissions from one of its largest man-made sources, the oil and gas industry, particularly outside of the United States. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) and European Commission are working together on a series of peer-reviewed scientific studies to measure methane emissions in the oil and gas sector globally. The data collected will help companies and governments prioritize actions and policies to reduce methane emissions. This seminar will provide an overview of the ongoing study locations, measurement methods as well as insights focused on a selection of locations.


BIODr. Stefan Schwietzke is a scientist at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) located in Germany. His research focuses on methane emissions from different sources at different scales: from local to global, which requires the application of different analytical methods in terms of measurement platforms and data analysis. One of his main EDF responsibilities includes the scientific coordination of a global set of measurement studies to characterize oil and gas related methane emissions in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Stefan was previously a research scientist at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Monitoring Division and the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences in Boulder, CO. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and M.S. and B.S. engineering degrees from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

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