EU, new regulation against harmful methane emissions approved

The first rules in the energy sector in Europe and in the world are in force. The fossil gas, oil and coal industries must measure and verify their emissions and take steps to reduce them

The Commission welcomes today’s adoption of the first European regulation aimed at effectively monitoring and reducing methane emissions produced by the energy sector in Europe and around the world. The adoption marks another step forward in the implementation of European Green Deal and reflects Europe’s determination to fight emissions internally and externally. The new regulation obliges the European fossil gas, oil and coal industry to correctly measure, monitor, report and verify their methane emissionsin accordance with the most stringent monitoring standards, and to adopt measures to reduce them. It also prohibits release into the atmosphere and combustion flaring in the oil and gas sectors, except in unavoidable circumstances, especially for safety reasons.

Since lEurope continues to import most of the fossil energy it consumesthe regulation will also cover methane emissions from imported fossil fuels and will progressively introduce more stringent requirements to ensure that the same monitoring, reporting and verification obligations as EU operators gradually apply to exporters. The Commission will also establish a global monitoring tool for methane emitters and an early warning mechanism for super-emission events to share information on the magnitude, occurrence and location of sources with high methane emissions inside and outside the EU. Thanks to this tool, the Commission will be able to request rapid information on the measures adopted by the countries concerned to combat such leaks.

More information on the new regulation is available online

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EU, regulation approved to monitor and reduce harmful methane emissions

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The first rules in the energy sector in Europe and in the world. The fossil gas, oil and coal industries must measure and verify their emissions and take steps to reduce them

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