Tackling Methane Emissions in Natural Gas Supply Chain

Overview

This two-part course covers best practices in how to manage and optimize methane, one of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases. It is led by distinguished University of Texas at Austin energy experts: Professor Michael Webber and Professor David Allen.

In Part One, Webber and Allen first review the history and role of natural gas supply chains in global energy systems, then describe the rapid development of methane emissions as a core issue. In Part Two, they take a deep dive into technical aspects, such as methane certification, quantification and mitigation.

Webber is host of the PBS documentary series “Power Trip: The Story of Energy.” Allen is a leading global expert on methane emissions from oil and gas systems.

All participants must take Part One. Part Two is optional.

Taught through eight synchronous one-hour lectures (recordings will be available for students who cannot participate synchronously) and supplemental materials, this course is a broad overview of the critical role of methane natural gas, emphasizing economic, climate, and security trade-offs. See more details and registration below.

Agenda

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Part One:

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Part One Learning Objectives

  1. Introduce students to the history of natural gas and the fuel’s role in global energy systems (including power generation, industry, food, transportation, and the built environment),
  2. Help students understand the scientific basis for the recent focus on methane emissions, and
  3. Describe the current regulatory and economic drivers for reducing methane emissions.

Part One Topics: Introduction, Overview, and Regulatory Context

  1. History, Uses and Opportunities of Natural Gas
  2. Scientific Basis for methane as a greenhouse gas
  3. Sources of methane emissions in natural gas supply chains
  4. Regulatory, equity, and economic drivers for reducing methane emissions

Time

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June 21-22, 2022 10am – 12 pm CT Online $450

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Part Two:

It is expected that all students would participate in Part One

Part Two of course is for those Part One participants who wish to have more technical depth and detailed understanding on topics related to methane certification, quantification and mitigation.

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Part Two Learning Objectives

  1. Review the current landscape of methane emission measurement tools,
  2. Examine the use of measurements in quantifying, reporting and certifying methane emissions along natural gas supply chains, and
  3. Survey cost effective methane mitigation options.

Part Two Topics: Deeper Dive on the Science and Engineering

  1. Measuring and quantifying methane emissions: Ground sensors to satellites
  2. Coupling measurements and reporting of methane emissions
  3. Global supply chain emissions and certification
  4. Mitigation opportunities

In addition to 8-hours of synchronous, interactive lectures, this course includes best practice guides to methane measurement and mitigation measures.

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June 23-24, 2022 10am – 12 pm CT Online $350

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Who Should Take this Course:

Part 1 of the course is for:

  • Regulators, policymakers and advocates tackling methane emissions issues,
  • Rising managers or mid-level executives in the energy industry who want to deepen and broaden their knowledge of methane emissions,
  • Professionals in other sectors such as finance, consulting, human resources, etc. who want to deepen their awareness of energy sector climate impacts, and
  • Project leaders and executives at natural gas producers, gas utilities and pipeline companies who are looking to quantify and reduce emissions.

It is expected that all students would participate in Part 1

Part 2 of course is for those Part 1 participants who wish to have more technical depth and detailed understanding on topics related to methane certification, quantification and mitigation.

Why this Course Now?

The worldwide energy sector is transforming as demand increases for energy sources with reduced climate impacts. Natural gas has the potential to play a role in this energy transition, since compared to coal and oil, it produces less carbon dioxide emissions per unit of energy delivered. The role natural gas will play in global energy transitions, however, will depend on methane emissions from global natural gas supply chains. Methane, the major constituent of natural gas, is a powerful greenhouse gas, and the global energy sector is a major source of methane emissions.

A variety of factors are driving increased regulatory and investment attention on energy sector methane emissions:

  • new technologies are making remote sensing of methane emissions possible anywhere in the world;
  • better understanding of the emission sources are enabling low cost mitigations;
  • new regulations and international agreements to limit methane emissions are emerging;
  • ESG investors are demanding smaller environmental footprints; and consumers are demanding emissions labeling and certification for natural gas supply chains.

Meet the Professors:

Dr David Allen HeadshotDr. David Allen is the Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. Allen has been a lead investigator for studies that made some of the first measurements of methane emissions from unconventional oil and gas production.

Allen has served on a variety of governmental advisory panels and from 2012 to 2015 chaired the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. In 2017, Allen was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering and in 2020 he received the ENI Energy Transitions Award. Allen has been recognized with teaching awards from the University of Texas, UCLA, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s national award for chemical engineering education.

Allen has developed textbooks and environmental educational materials for engineering curricula and for the University of Texas at Austin’s core curriculum, as well as engineering education materials for high school students. He led the development of a year-long high school engineering course, Engineer Your World, which is used in hundreds of high schools nationwide. Allen received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 1979. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1983.

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Webber HeadshotDr. Michael E. Webber is the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin and CTO of Energy Impact Partners, a $2 billion cleantech venture fund. From September 2018 to August 2021, Webber was based in Paris, France, where he served as the chief science and technology officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company.

Webber’s expertise spans research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization on topics related to innovation, energy, and the environment. His latest book Power Trip: The Story of Energy was published in 2019 by Basic Books with an award-winning six-part companion series that aired on PBS, Amazon Prime and iTunes starting on Earth Day 2020. His first book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival, which addresses the connection between earth’s most valuable resources and offers a hopeful approach toward a sustainable future, was published in 2016 by Yale Press and was converted into an hourlong documentary.

Webber was selected as a Fellow of ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and as a member of the 4th class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, which is a leadership training program organized by Presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton. Webber has authored more than 400 publications, holds six patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American. A successful entrepreneur, Webber was one of three founders in 2015 for an educational technology startup, DISCO Learning Media, which was acquired in 2018. Webber holds a B.S. and B.A. from UT Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He was honored as an American Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow on four separate occasions by UT Austin for exceptional teaching.

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Are CEU’s Available?

Yes, participants can earn .40 CEU’s upon completion of Part 1, and .80 CEU’s upon completion of Part 1 and Part 2.

Have Additional Questions?

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