WASHINGTON, DC—This week, Resources for the Future (RFF) released a new installment of Resources Radio: “Measuring Methane, with Arvind Ravikumar of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.”
In today’s episode, host Daniel Raimi talks with Arvind Ravikumar, assistant professor of Energy Engineering at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Ravikumar discusses methane’s impact on climate change, new technologies used to measure methane emissions, and what governments are doing to encourage the deployment of these new technologies.
Notable quotes from the podcast:
- “Much of the warming impacts of methane is often in the initial few years of emissions, which is why it becomes very critical to reduce it now as much as possible.”—Arvind Ravikumar (4:48)
- “The interesting thing that happens is when you start reducing methane emissions, it actually reduces warming associated with methane. So in effect, you can consider reducing methane as acting as a cooling effect in terms of climate change.”—Arvind Ravikumar (5:32)
- “Every new technology for [methane] leak detection surveys needs to be approved by the regulator . . . What the regulators are saying is we can't just approve a new technology without looking at the data, without looking at how they perform. What the operators are saying, we can't pilot these new technologies without knowing that they will be approved in the future because otherwise, we are just wasting a bunch of money . . . There's this chicken and egg situation here and what scientists are trying to do is sort of bridge this gap.”—Arvind Ravikumar (20:29)
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