Market Overview: The Business Case And Solutions For Methane Mitigation

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Executive Summary

Over recent years, methane has drawn increasing corporate, political and public attention, as its warming potential – 84 times greater than CO2 – has become more widely acknowledged. In sectors with high proportions of methane emissions, notably waste and the oil and gas industry, abatement has become a key near-term target, with firms setting ambitious reduction goals over the next decade. This report identifies the most common issues of methane emissions mitigation and segments the market of solution providers into three broad categories, based on the challenges they address.

Table of contents

Methane Emissions: No Longer An Invisible Problem
Methane Mitigation Faces Substantial Logistical And Technical Challenges
The Financial Business Case For Methane Mitigation Has Improved
Ambitious Reduction Targets Will Drive Demand For Technology Solutions
Innovations Are Addressing The Challenges Of Methane Mitigation
LDAR Solutions Identify Fugitive Emissions From Oil And Gas Infrastructure
Controlled Emissions Reduction And Fugitive Emissions Avoidance Reduce Leaks, Flares And Vents

Table of figures

Figure 1. Global Methane Emissions By Industry Sector (2020)
Figure 2. Congressional Projections For IRA Waste Emissions Charge (2024-2029)
Figure 3. US Oil And Gas Facilities Subject To The IRA’s Waste Emissions Charge And Their 2019 Methane Emissions (Million Metric Tons Of CO2 Equivalent)
Figure 4. Timeline Of Methane Emission Reduction Targets
Figure 5. Annual Costs Of Methane Mitigation Measures (2022)
Figure 6. Segmentation Of The Methane Emissions Reduction Market
Figure 7. Advantages And Disadvantages Of LDAR Sensor Vectors (Satellites, Aircraft, Drones And Statics)
Figure 8. Comparison Of Methane-Detecting Geospatial Satellite Solutions

About the authors

Alastair Foyn


Alastair is an Analyst in the Verdantix Net Zero and Climate Risk practice. His current research agenda focuses on climate risk management software and carbon markets. Prior to joining Verdantix, Alastair worked at Tyler Grange Ltd where he gained experience in consultancy practices and environmental strategy. Alastair holds a First Class BSc in Biological Sciences from Durham University as well as an MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews.

Ryan Skinner

Research Director, Net Zero & Climate Risk
Ryan leads the Verdantix Net Zero & Climate Risk research practice. The team’s current research focus encompasses net zero drivers and strategies, and climate risk, emissions reduction, and carbon management technologies. Ryan has 10 years of experience in the research business, previously working at Forrester, where he led research on ESG. Ryan speaks English natively, Norwegian, and French conversationally. He holds a BA from Duke University. 

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