Carleton University Hosting National Methane Symposium

Carleton University Prof. Matt Johnson, head of the Energy and Emissions Research Lab, is hosting a national methane symposium with support from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) featuring Jonathan Wilkinson, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Environment and Climate Change.

The symposium, Methane Emissions in the Canadian Oil and Gas Sector—Current Science and Policy Implications, will assemble national and international experts with direct knowledge of recent methane measurements and mitigation opportunities in the Canadian energy industry.

It will build on the results of a range of soon-to-be released airborne and field measurement studies, as well as parallel techno-economic analysis of mitigation potential.

Participants will focus on the question: “What does the latest science mean, and how does it relate to Canada’s objectives of achieving 40 to 45 per cent reductions in methane in the oil and gas sector?”

When: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Second Floor, Richcraft Hall, Carleton University
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Media are invited to attend.

If you are unable to attend, the event will be livestreamed at:

Presentation videos will be available about 10 to 14 days after the event.


  • Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Matthew Johnson, Carleton University
  • David Risk, FluxLab, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Jackson Hegland, Executive Director, Methane Leadership Alliance
  • Stephanie Saunier, Managing Director, Carbon Limits, Norway
  • Joshua Anhalt, President, Greenpath Energy Ltd.
  • Daniel Zavala-Araiza, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Julie Oxtoby, Progress Energy
  • David R. Tyner, Carleton University
  • Drew Nelson, Director, International Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Shao-Meng Li, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Doug Worthy, Environment and Climate Change Canada


  • Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Canadian Press
  • Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation and Energy Technology Sector, Natural Resources Canada


A recently published peer-reviewed report suggests the climate-forcing effect of methane in the atmosphere is 34 and 96 times more potent than CO2 on a 100- and 20-year time horizon.

Current inventory estimates suggest approximately half of Canada’s total methane emissions are from the energy sector. Accordingly, the Government of Canada has announced its intention to reduce oil and gas sector methane emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2012 levels, as part of delivering on its international climate commitments.

A major new study by Johnson and several co-authors in Canada and the United States suggests methane emissions in the Canadian oil and gas sector are significantly higher than currently estimated and reveals critical gaps in current reporting requirements. The study, published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology, used an airplane to directly measure methane emissions from two Alberta oil and gas production regions and compared the results with current federal estimates and industry reported data.

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