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Direct releases of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, comprise an important share of the energy sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. Methane emissions represent one quarter of human-induced global warming and, after agriculture, the oil and gas sector contributes the most. The enduring role of oil and gas obliges increased attention to methane emissions from exploration, extraction, processing, transportation, and distribution as emissions from the oil and gas sector will grow significantly if measures are not taken. There are significant opportunities for cost-effective mitigation. Awareness is growing in companies and governments, but there is an urgent need for information about the scale of methane emissions and for action to minimize releases.

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