Time to shine light on coal seam methane mystery

The coal seam gas industry needs to lift its game on emissions measurement and disclosure if it wants to class itself as a clean fuel.

Australia’s coal seam gas (CSG) industry likes to claim it is one of the bridges between today’s heavy dependence on coal-fired power and tomorrow’s zero-emissions energy supply. New research by The Climate Institute finds that industry and government need to lift their game if gas is to contribute to a clean energy future.

It’s true that carbon pollution from gas combustion is roughly half that from burning coal. On the other hand, concerns about the emissions from CSG production have led some to claim that the gas is as bad if not worse than coal.

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