The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched another voluntary program urging oil and gas companies to seek out methane leaks in their production system of their own accord.
Speaking at the Global Methane Forum in Washington D.C. Wednesday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said 41 companies had already signed on to what she described as “a platform for companies to transparently report actions to reduce methane emissions and to be publicly recognized as leaders in reducing methane emissions in the United States.”
President Obama has set the goal of reducing U.S. methane emissions 45 percent by 2025, as part of a larger strategy to slow climate change. In December he joined leaders from close to 200 countries in pledging to work on limiting the rise in average global temperatures no more than 2 degrees Celsius.
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