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News article12 March 2020Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

New report highlights opportunities for reducing black carbon emissions from gas flaring in the Arctic

Flaring associated gas, an unfortunate practice for disposing of unwanted hydrocarbon gases which occur as a result of oil production, is an important source of black carbon emissions in the Arctic, where it has a powerful effect on the climate. A new report produced by the EU funded project on Black Carbon in the Arctic, highlights best available techniques to reduce black carbon emissions from flaring, with an emphasis on those economically achievable that could be relevant towards existing and future projects in the Arctic.

One important strategy identified is to use the gas that would otherwise be burned as an on-site energy source for heating requirements or electricity. Another option is to recover gas with available techniques that could potentially make it feasible to temporarily store for as a recoverable energy source at a later date.

The report might be of interest to oil and gas field operators and owners, investors, and other decision-makers that could influence and/or benefit from the implementation of the suggested technologies and practices.

The EU-funded Action on Black Carbon in the Arctic is a 3-year project funded under the EU’s Partnership Instrument managed by the Service for Foreign policy Instruments. Its main objective is to contribute to the development of collective responses to reduce black carbon emissions in the Arctic and to support policy processes leading to enhanced international cooperation on black carbon emissions to protect the Arctic environment.


Publication date
12 March 2020
Service for Foreign Policy Instruments