LEAK: Draft EU law cracks down on methane leaks from fossil fuels

Euractiv | Nov 25, 2021 at 7:55 AM
  • A European Commission proposal to tackle climate-wrecking methane emissions includes a ban on routine flaring and venting as well as penalties for leaking fossil fuel infrastructure but doesn’t contain binding emissions reduction targets.
  • Up until now, little has been done on the regulatory front to reduce methane emissions, but the European Commission looks set to change that by proposing a regulation aimed at cutting down methane emissions as part of a gas package of legislation due on 14 December.
  • The European Commission will set up a “methane transparency database”, which will include information like the country where the fossil fuel was produced, whether there are mandatory regulatory measures on methane in that country and whether it has signed up to the Paris Agreement.