New South Wales turns up heat on CO2 and methane


New South Wales Environment Protection Authority has carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane firmly in its sights as the Australian state steps up measures to fight climate change.

While the state recorded net greenhouse gas emissions of 136.6Mt of CO2-e in 2018/19, 17% lower than 2005, it is far from complacent. The New South Wales Government is targeting a 50% cut in emissions by 2030.

When it comes to methane leaks and detection, the authority – aiming itself for carbon neutrality by 2030 – is stepping up its surveillance measures. 

Onshore gas environment protection licensees that have gas reticulation systems, including wellheads and gas gathering lines, must undertake effective leak detection and repair (LDAR) programs, using best available leak detection technology.

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