May 26, 2023

As part of its commitment to identify, quantify and reduce methane emissions linked to its operations, TotalEnergies is partnering with Colorado State University (CSU) to develop an international protocol for the qualification of methane emissions measurements. As part of the Global Methane Pledge, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy the excellence and relevance of the Transverse Anomaly Detection Initiatives (TADI) developed by TotalEnergies’ Pôle d’Etudes et de Recherche de Lacq in France and the Methane Emission Technology Evaluation Center of Colorado State University in the USA, in order to become world references for the qualification of methane emission quantification technologies. TotalEnergies and Colorado State University will collaborate using their platforms for this scientific partnership to:
• develop protocols to certify the accuracy, detection limits, and operational restrictions of the measurement methods used for methane accounting
• develop a method for estimating annual methane measurements from point measurements.
TotalEnergies already halved its methane emissions at its operated sites between 2010 and 2020 by targeting all sources (reductions in flaring, venting, fugitive emissions, etc.) and introducing stricter design criteria for new facilities.
(Source: TotalEnergies – Image: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado/CSU)