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Potential greenhouse gas emissions associated with shale gas extraction and use
Potential greenhouse gas emissions associated with shale gas extraction and use

9th September 2013

Topic(s): Fuel switching

This United Kingdom Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) study examines local GHG emissions associated with shale gas exploration and production. The carbon footprint includes carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). Methane has a global warming potential 25 times greater than CO2, based on a 100-year time horizon. It also studies the effect of shale gas use on overall GHG emissions rates and cumulative emissions. Comparisons are made between the emissions associated with the use of shale gas, conventional gas, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and coal.

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