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Flare Gas Reduction: Recent global trends and policy considerations

a clear definition of flaring: tragic waste and climate problemAccording to this industry report, associated gas flaring is one of the most challenging energy and environmental problems facing the world today. Approximately 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas are flared each year, representing an enormous waste of natural resources and contributing 400 million metric tons of CO 2 equivalent global greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental degradation associated with gas flaring has a significant impact on local populations, often resulting in loss of livelihood and severe health issues.

150 billion cubic meters per year of flared gas is roughly equivalent to …

  • Gas use in all US residences for a year
  • 5% of global natural gas production
  • 23% of US natural gas use
  • 30% of EU natural gas use

Michael F. Farina
Flare Gas Reduction. Recent global trends and policy considerations
GE Energy – Global Strategy and Planning, Oct 2010


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