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Methane emissions: Snam accepts the global challenge

According to data from the Environment Agency, around 80% of European methane emissions - which account for 11% of all greenhouse gas emissions - are caused by agriculture and waste. The entire gas industry contributes 4% of methane emissions.

As far as Snam is concerned, methane emissions constitute 0.04% of the gas transported; they have already been reduced by 30% compared with 2015 and the company has set itself the target of reducing them by 45% by 2025 with the help of new technologies, within a broader strategy that expects to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, ten years ahead of EU targets.

The technologies and actions envisaged by Snam for reducing emissions include LDAR - Leak Detection and Repair, in-line gas recompression and the replacement of pneumatic valves.

Snam's methane emissions have been measured and disclosed for over 20 years in sustainability reports and dedicated reports on Climate Change. They have also been forwarded to the ISPRA (the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) to be included in the National Inventory Reports under the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

With regard to international standards, Snam has voluntarily adhered to a United Nations protocol (OGMP 2.0), with stringent criteria that form a global reference to encourage optimal performance, both in terms of reporting and emission reduction, through transparency and the sharing of best practice. Adherence to the UN Protocol has also encouraged a series of systematic, lasting and significant actions for Snam's affiliated companies, since the Framework provides for the involvement of not only operated, but also non-operated businesses with a stake of over 5%. The importance of this initiative is evidenced by the fact that it is mentioned in the Methane Strategy recently published by the European Commission.

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28 September 2021 - 10:14 CEST