Posts by Pablo Lopez Legarreta

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Mexico’s Oil and Gas Methane Regulation: Global Best Practice

Just over a year ago, in November 2018, Mexico published the most comprehensive regulation for oil and gas methane to date. We wrote about the reasoning and circumstances of it in a previous blog post. The regulation set out a process that companies would follow to implement measures to reduce methane emissions from their operations.... continue reading »

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Oil and Gas Methane Mitigation: An opportunity for increasing NDC ambition

Welcome to 2020: a pivotal year for countries to substantially ratchet up their ambition under the Paris Agreement. Under the “ratchet mechanism” (illustrated below) countries are expected to submit new or updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that represent a progression compared to the commitments they made in 2015. According to the United Nations Environment Programme,... continue reading »

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Putting out the Fire: how Nigeria has quietly cut flaring by 70%, and is now moving to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector

Sometimes we miss good news, even in fighting climate pollution (where good news isn’t very common).  This is even more likely if the good news is from a place where common misperceptions suggest that there won’t be good news.  For example, did you know that Nigeria has dramatically reduced natural gas flaring? Nigeria is the... continue reading »

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Mexico Publishes Landmark Regulations to Combat Super Pollutants

Today, Carlos de Régules, Executive Director of Mexico’s Agency of Security, Energy and the Environment (ASEA), presented the regulations that the Mexican government officially published last week that aim to reduce methane emissions in the national oil and gas sector by 40-45% by 2025 (as agreed to at the 2016 North American Leaders Summit). Notably,... continue reading »

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Mexico Advances Leadership Climate Regulations

Even as the US aims to backtrack on its climate commitments, the rest of the world continues to move forward. The latest success comes from Mexico. Consistent with the commitment that the Mexican Government signed in the North American Leaders Summit in 2016 of reducing 40 to 45% of their methane emissions from the hydrocarbon... continue reading »

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Inaugural Oil and Gas Methane Leadership Awards Celebrate Ambitious Action to Reduce Methane Emissions

In what hopefully will become an annual tradition celebrating ambitious action to reduce methane emissions, the first ever Oil and Gas Methane Leadership Award event was held in Toronto this past Tuesday. The event was held in the margins of the Global Methane Forum, where scientists, policy makers, industry and civil society came together to discuss the best way forward to reduce the emissions of the most abundant short lived climate pollutant. continue reading »

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CCAP Continues Work to Reduce Methane Emissions in the Mexican Oil and Gas Sector

As part of the oil and gas regulatory support project, CCAP and the Clean Air Task Force (CATF) organized a workshop on Regulatory Measures to Control and Reduce Methane Emissions in the Mexican Oil and Gas Sector  in Mexico on August 9th, 2017. This is the third workshop within the project, following one held in September... continue reading »

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Workshop Supports Information Exchange for Methane Mitigation in Mexico’s Oil and Gas Sectors

At a well-attended workshop earlier this month in Mexico City on Regulatory Options for Methane Mitigation in Mexico’s Oil and Gas Sectors, senior Mexican officials reiterated their plans to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40-45 percent below 1990 levels by 2025, and engaged in a fruitful discussion with their peers... continue reading »

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The Colombian Refrigeration Sector and Opportunties for Mitigation

Colombia was preliminarily awarded 9M EUR by the NAMA Facility to implement a program to reduce GHGs in the refrigeration sector. continue reading »