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Parliamentary questions
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28 October 2019
P-003476-19
Question for written answer P-003476-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Chris Davies (Renew)

 Subject:  Reduction of methane emissions

Methane gas has a global warming effect 84-87 times more potent than CO2 in the first 20 years. The oil and gas sector accounts for around 22% of total methane emissions and according to the International Energy Agency, 50% of these could be cut at no net cost to the industry.

1. Will the Commission confirm that it will comply with its legal obligation under Article 16 of the Energy Union governance regulation and propose a strategic plan for methane before 1 January 2020?

2. What steps is the Commission considering to ensure that Europe’s footprint of global methane emissions, specifically from oil and gas, is on a firm path to zero?

3. Will the Commission consider legislative measures to address lifecycle emissions of methane gas, including from import routes, in the forthcoming EU decarbonisation package?

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