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The following videos provide a technical summary of the draft requirements and an overview of how the draft requirements were developed.

Watch the Technical Summary video to learn about the draft requirements for each methane emission source type.

Watch the model overview video to learn about:

  • the problems the regulatory intervention is trying to solve
  • how the proposed regulatory solution was arrived at
  • the costs of the proposed requirements
  • some of the inputs, assumptions, and concepts used in the economic model

Statistical Reports

We enhanced our ST60B: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring and Venting Report to include categories for emissions from glycol dehydrators, and emissions from surface casing vent flow and gas migration.

Emissions Research

We are participating in a number of studies on methane emissions. As we developed the draft methane reduction requirements, we identified gaps in the current level of knowledge and understanding of the emissions landscape (e.g. equipment inventories and measurement).

By investing in research we will improve the accuracy of the emissions baseline and test the effectiveness of new technology. We believe this will lead to optimized regulatory stringency, more effective regulatory compliance, and a reduced financial burden on industry.

The proposed methane emissions requirements include a mandatory regulatory review by 2022. This will allow us to accommodate findings from the studies, including new knowledge on emissions and technologies that have been proven to reduce methane emissions.

Current Studies

Alberta Methane Abatement Cost Study*
The Delphi Group’s June 2017 “Methane Abatement Costs” study was commissioned by the AER to examine the range of costs associated with methane mitigation options. We used the costs published in this report to inform the economic model inputs for assessing methane emissions reductions.

Greenpath 2016 Alberta Fugitive and Vented Emissions Inventory Study*
Greenpath’s 2016 “Alberta Fugitive and Vented Emissions Inventory Study” was commissioned by the AER to better understand fugitive and venting emissions in Alberta. The report helped inform technical discussions at the multistakeholder committees for methane reduction.

We used the data collected during this study to model the current distribution and inventory of pneumatic controllers in Alberta.

Cap-Op Energy Pneumatic Inventory Study*
Cap-Op Energy’s March 2018 “Pneumatic Inventory Study” was commissioned by the AER to better understand pneumatic device populations and emissions in Alberta. We are using the data to improve the existing model and update the assumptions used for the distribution and inventory of pneumatic instruments in Alberta.

*These reports contain information provided by third parties. For additional information about the limitations and restrictions applicable to these documents, please refer to the AER Copyright and Disclaimer page.

Let’s Hear From You

Learn how you can provide your feedback on the draft methane reduction requirements.