CALGARY, Alberta (Sept. 19, 2023) — Enverus Intelligence Research (EIR), a subsidiary of Enverus, the most trusted energy-dedicated SaaS platform, has released a report that analyzes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest proposed changes to Subpart W of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP), quantifying the impacts on total reported methane, CO2e emissions levels and IRA methane fee liabilities across U.S. sectors and basins. EIR has pinpointed the most material new source categories and calculations and assess their potential to significantly alter the current emissions landscape among upstream and gathering entities in the U.S.
“The EPA’s latest proposal would drastically change reported methane from the oil and gas industry in the U.S.,” said John Gutentag, product owner with EIR.
“We model that the new regulations would more than double 2021 reported methane if implemented and increase overall CO2e emissions by 41%. This has huge implications for exposure to the IRA’s methane fee that kicks in next year, a year before this proposal is projected to take effect and will cause PR headaches as companies will inevitably reset emission reduction targets and baselines.”
- EIR calculates that the EPA’s revisions lead to an estimated 130% increase in 2021 reported methane emissions and a 41% increase in overall CO2e emissions from the upstream and gathering sectors.
- EIR sees four categories driving the increase in reported methane: super-emitter events, higher emission factors for equipment leaks, updates to combustion slip from engines and lowered flaring efficiencies, contributing an additional 2.3 million metric tonnes (Mt). Total reported methane emissions in 2021 amounted to 1.9 Mt.
- The proposal could expose more than half of upstream assets and all gathering assets to the IRA’s future methane tax, disproportionately impacting lower-producing, higher-emitting assets that may be forced to shut in production when faced with higher taxes and monitoring costs.
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Enverus Intelligence ® | Research, Inc. (EIR) is a subsidiary of Enverus that publishes energy-sector research focused on the oil, natural gas, power and renewable industries. EIR publishes reports including asset and company valuations, resource assessments, technical evaluations, and macro-economic forecasts and helps make intelligent connections for energy industry participants, service companies, and capital providers worldwide. EIR is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a foreign investment adviser.
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