An RFF/Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Webinar
This is the first event in a joint RFF/Stanford Woods Institute webinar series on New Research on the Science and Economics of Natural Gas.
Space is limited. Register to attend the webinar.
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas in the United States (emitted from human activities). Recently the US government announced intentions to further reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors, which represent the largest source of methane emissions from industry in the nation.
Experts at RFF and Stanford University have examined several key questions around sources of methane and opportunities for emissions abatement. At this webinar, Stanford’s Rob Jackson and Adam Brandt will present their work on methane leakage in natural gas distribution systems nationwide, showing how their leakage estimates compare to those of EPA. RFF’s Alan Krupnick will share highlights from RFF’s study of policy options for cost-effectively reducing methane emissions—including via trading programs—as well as discuss new findings about inactive wells, which have implications for future methane emissions.
Breakfast available at 8:30 a.m.
Carbon pricing policies are prominent among federal-, state-, and provincial-level strategies for reducing emissions in North America. Such strategies are evolving at a rapid pace, and discussions are evolving around opportunities for cross-border collaboration on pricing. At this RFF seminar, experts will provide the latest updates on carbon pricing developments in the three nations:
- Canada, where provinces have led but the federal government is seeking to develop its own policy;
- Mexico, where a carbon tax has been in place since 2014 but an emissions trading system has recently been announced; and
- the United States, where carbon markets exist in a few states (like California), where more markets might emerge under the Clean Power Plan, and where a federal carbon tax continues to be debated.
Have a question while watching the live webcast? Tweet your question and include #AskRFF. Questions will be answered as time allows.
Audio and video from the seminar will be posted within a few days of the event.