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Methane Management Solutions

Jun 15
2018
This workshop will provide small and mid-sized producers with the tools they need to proactively plan for compliance with the upcoming methane regulations in Canada.



Global Methane Forum

Apr 16-18
2018
Climate & clean air coalition to reduce short-lived climate pollutants... For more details, go to event link.

Argus Carbon Market

Apr 30
2018
Find out how Alberta's carbon and emissions policies will impact your business... For more details, go to event link.

CPANS Conference

May 09
2018
Participants of this conference will include environmental researchers, educators, students, environmental managers, other professionals, environmental industries and policy makers... For more details, go to event link.

EERL Methane Symposium

Nov 21
2017
MELA Executive Director speaking about capacity and opportunity for growth in the methane mitigation sector at the Methane Symposium... For more details, go to event link.

Methane Management Solutions Workshop

Jun 23
2017
MELA Executive Director speaking about capacity and opportunity for growth in the methane mitigation sector at the Methane Symposium... For more details, go to event link.

Global Petroleum Show

Jun 14
2017
MELA Executive Director speaking about challenges and advances in methane leak detection at the Low Carbon Innovation Forum... Go to event registration page.

Federal Government Announcement on Methane Emissions Reduction plan

May 25
2017
MELA Executive Director speaks at Federal government announcement of methane reduction plan for oil and gas industry - Canada Gazette... Download Canada Gazette (PDF).

Jobs growth and technology exports in methane management

Jul 21
2017
MELA Executive Director’s op-ed in today’s Calgary Herald... Read more (link)

MELA presence in Global Petroleum Show 2017

Jun 14
2017
MELA Executive Director interview with BNN... Read more (link)

Media Reactions to Federal Government's Methane Emission Reduction Plan

May 25
2017

CLEANTECH CANADA

May 10
2017
Methane firms undaunted by Ottawa’s three-year delay to new emissions rule. Read more (link)

Media Reactions to MELA Canadian Methane Jobs Market Analysis

Apr 30
2017

ALBERTA OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

Apr 4
2017
Quarterly Updates - Spring 2017... Download PDF

JWN: Carbon & Sustainability - Oil & Gas -Regulatory

Mar 10
2017
Methane emissions levy demands immediate action, says carbon consultant... Read more (link)

Protecting Alberta jobs, cutting methane pollution

  • April 24, 2018

Alberta is protecting jobs and the economic competitiveness of its oil and gas sector as it delivers on its commitment to cut industrial methane pollution 45 per cent by 2025.

A key component of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan is reducing methane emissions, which have a climate change impact that is 25 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period.

To help oil and gas producers achieve this goal, the government has consulted extensively with industry, environmental groups, academia, and research and technology organizations to develop draft directives.

“We know Alberta’s oil and gas industry is up to the challenge of cutting methane pollution. Their early action and commitment to working with us to get this right means we are well on our way to an Alberta-made plan that puts the jobs of hard-working Albertans and a strong economy front and centre.”

Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Energy

The draft directives, released today by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), are designed to ensure actions are kept at the lowest cost to Alberta’s energy sector by securing flexibility for companies to innovate and use technologies best suited to their operations through an outcome-based approach, with mandated check-in points to ensure targets are met.

“We know what’s at stake here, including good jobs in the energy sector and the health of the planet we leave behind for our kids. That’s why we took the time to get this right. We look forward to continued work with industry on cutting methane pollution for the benefit of all Albertans.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office

To help industry through this transition, the government is providing more than $2.3 billion in assistance, including exempting them from carbon levy costs for the next five years. This will save companies an estimated $2 billion, which they can use to focus on methane reductions.

Other supports include:

  • An estimated $200 million to reward early action to reduce methane through emission offsets.
  • Over $30 million of funding for 12 methane-reduction projects funded by Emissions Reductions Alberta as part of its Methane Challenge in 2017. The projects leverage a total investment of over $88 million and reduce emissions by 7.5 megatonnes by 2030.
  • $38 million over three years available under industrial Energy Efficiency Alberta programs – providing rebates for investments in industrial retrofits, including for methane-reducing equipment.
  • $5 million in new support for the deployment of technologies to monitor, detect, measure, verify and reduce methane emissions in partnership with the Methane Emissions Leadership Alliance.

“The government’s investment in readily available technologies will reduce methane emissions while supporting growth of the technology and service sector supporting the oil and gas industry. More than 90 per cent of oil and gas producers are small companies with fewer than 50 employees. This initiative will help these companies with the starting blocks they need to measure, manage and reduce their methane emissions.”

Jackson Hegland, executive director, Methane Emissions Leadership Alliance

The draft directives include new and enhanced requirements for measuring and reporting methane leaks as well as detecting and repairing them, along with existing and new facility standards and practices.

This is the first time draft AER directives have included mandated check-in points to ensure intended outcomes are being achieved. A multi-stakeholder technical committee will be struck to track progress.

“The development and deployment of new technologies is essential to economically achieving Alberta’s methane-reduction targets. The projects we are advancing through the ERA Methane Challenge will be important contributors to achieving Alberta’s ambition.”

Steve MacDonald, CEO, Emissions Reduction Alberta

Now that the draft regulations have been released, Albertans have another opportunity to provide feedback. The regulations will be online for a 30-day public comment period, with the AER continuing to engage with stakeholders during that time. Once government receives feedback, it will be incorporated before regulations are finalized by the end of 2018.

Since Alberta’s methane-reduction commitment was announced in November 2015 as part of the Climate Leadership Plan, a similar methane-reduction commitment has been brought in by the Government of Canada. The province will seek an equivalency agreement with the federal government that recognizes Alberta’s plan within the national climate plan. Both federal and provincial requirements are set to take effect in 2020.

A copy of the draft directives, additional background and information about the submission process is available from the Alberta Energy Regulator at www.aer.ca

Methane quick facts

  • Methane is an invisible, odourless and combustible gas.
  • It is a major component of natural gas.
  • It is most often released through equipment and well venting, and fugitive emissions or leaks at oil and gas and energy facilities.
  • Its environmental impact is 25 times greater than carbon dioxide.
  • Reducing methane pollution is recognized as one of the most cost-effective ways to accelerate greenhouse gas reductions.

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Canadian Methane Management Sector Sees Economic Opportunity in Meeting New Federal Regulations

  • July 28, 2017

Calgary, Alberta –The Methane Emissions Leadership Alliance (MELA) has submitted feedback on the Government of Canada’s draft methane reduction regulations, highlighting the economic and job growth opportunity for Canada’s emerging methane management sector to support Canada’s oil and gas producers in complying with new government regulations.

Quotes from Jackson Hegland, Executive Director of the Methane Emissions Leadership Alliance (MELA):

“Strong methane regulations are the newest opportunity for collaboration between industry, government and the emerging methane management sector.”

“Working together, we can create new jobs, many located in Alberta, and seize growth opportunities at home and abroad, demonstrating Canada’s spirit of innovation in service of the clean and efficient development of natural resources.”

Draft federal regulations designed to reduce oil and gas industry emissions of methane, the main ingredient in natural gas and a greenhouse gas were released in May seeking feedback from stakeholders. The official comment period closed July 26. The final federal regulations are expected this year, with Alberta’s provincial methane rules to be proposed in the coming months.

For more information please contact:

Jackson Hegland
+1 403 604 0219
jhegland@methanealliance.ca



Fast-Growing Canadian Methane Management Sector Hiring and Expanding to Support Oil and Gas Industry in Meeting New Federal Regulations

  • May 25, 2017

Calgary, Alberta – The Government of Canada today released draft regulations to reduce oil and gas industry emissions of methane, the main ingredient in natural gas and a greenhouse gas. To meet new government regulations, producers will have to deploy methane management technologies across the value chain and enlist the services of local businesses to support methane reduction management activities.

Quotes from Jackson Hegland, Executive Director of the Methane Emissions Leadership Alliance (MELA):

“The release of the draft methane regulations by the Government of Canada provides greater certainty for the oil and gas industry planning for compliance and a clear signal for the technology and service companies in Canada’s emerging methane management sector to accelerate their business plans to meet increasing demand for their products.”

“With close to 180 companies operating in Canada, Canada’s methane management sector has affordable and viable solutions at the ready and is excited to grow, hire new employees and expand manufacturing capacity to support the oil and gas industry in meeting the new regulatory requirements.”

“With methane policies and regulation in place in many US states and other global jurisdictions, Canada’s methane management sector is well positioned to export Canadian-developed innovative products and services to growing global markets.”

“On behalf of our members, MELA looks forward to providing feedback and input to the consultation process on the draft federal regulations.”

In Spring 2017, MELA released a Canadian Methane Jobs Market Analysis that shows there are close to 180 companies in Canada’s emerging methane management sector, outflanking the US, where approximately 140 companies comprise the sector. MELA’s survey found that 80 per cent of responding methane management companies expect job growth in the next 12-18 months to serve increased demand due to new federal and soon-to-be-released Alberta methane regulations. The growth is expected to be significant with 40 per cent of respondents anticipating their headcount to grow by more than 100 per cent. To see the full report: Canadian Methane Jobs Market Analysis.

For more information please contact:

Jackson Hegland
+1 403 604 0219
jhegland@methanealliance.ca

Crystal Roberts
+1.519.222.3890
crystal@scoutpublicaffairs.com

CANADIAN METHANE JOBS MARKET ANALYSIS - FULL REPORT




Job Opportunities Poised for Growth in the Emerging Canadian Methane Services Industry, According to New Market Survey

  • April 28, 2017

Calgary, Alberta – An analysis by the Methane Emissions Leadership Alliance (MELA), an industry association of Canadian methane mitigation technology and service providers, projects job growth for local companies providing methane management solutions to the oil and gas industry. Many businesses in this sector plan to increase their total number of workers to meet an uptick in demand from oil and gas producers when the Canadian federal and Alberta methane rules are released.

Regulations aimed at reducing methane, the main ingredient in natural gas and a greenhouse gas, are part of the Pan-Canadian Climate Framework and Alberta’s Climate Plan.

Almost 180 companies in Canada provide methane management products and services, according to the analysis. Of those companies that responded to the survey, 80 percent expect job growth in the next 12-18 months due to methane regulations and 40 percent anticipate their headcount to grow by more than 100 percent.

“Helping oil and gas companies improve operational efficiencies by controlling methane emissions is what our member companies do. This industry is clearly readying itself to expand capacity and headcount to provide its customers viable and affordable solutions to meet new federal and provincial regulatory requirements,” said Jackson Hegland, Executive Director of MELA.

To meet new government regulations, producers will have to deploy methane mitigation technologies across the value chain and enlist the services of local businesses to support methane reduction management activities.

“With more than 70,000 well sites in Alberta alone, oil and gas producers will be looking for solutions to eliminate methane leaks and return this gas to the pipeline and this presents a tremendous opportunity for Calscan to grow,” said Henri Tessier, Operations Manager, Calscan Solutions. “We expect to triple our staff and expand our facilities to meet the needs of our customers striving for zero methane emissions.”

Hegland added, “Our analysis shows there is a real opportunity for business growth and job creation in the methane mitigation sector, contributing to Canada’s leadership in the race to reduce methane emissions.”

The study contains a review of companies with offices located in Canada and the associated number of jobs within each of those organizations related specifically to methane emissions reduction activities.

For more information please contact:

Jackson Hegland
+1 403 604 0219
jhegland@methanealliance.ca

Crystal Roberts
+1.519.222.3890
crystal@scoutpublicaffairs.com