CALGARY, ALTA. – Canada’s Oil & Natural Gas Producers (CAPP) have announced emissions from the Canadian conventional oil and natural gas sector have dipped 24 per cent in the past decade.
From 2012 to 2021, conventional natural gas and oil producers lowered their absolute scope one carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions by 24 per cent while growing total production by 21 per cent, a CAPP analysis of the most recently available government of Canada production and emissions data said.
“When we talk about growing Canada’s role as a responsible provider of natural gas and oil to the world, emissions performance is one of those measures. Canada’s conventional producers are demonstrating we can grow energy production to address energy security while also lowering emissions,” CAPP president and CEO Lisa Baiton said.
A CAPP release said that between 2012 and 2021 natural gas production rose by 35 per cent while CO2e emissions fell by 22 per cent and in that same period, natural gas producers reduced methane emissions by 38 per cent.
It added conventional oil production is relatively flat at nine per cent with CO2e emissions from production dropping by 27 per cent. Conventional producers have driven down methane emissions from total natural gas and oil production by 34 per cent and methane emissions intensity by 46 per cent.
The data used in the analysis includes the government of Canada’s National Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions along with production data from Statistics Canada, the release stated. Conventional production refers to all oil and natural gas production outside of Canada’s oil sands.
The complete analysis is available online.