By investing in sustainable solutions, companies can take actions to be more efficient and better suited to meet their business and social commitments.
Increasing global concern over the impact of climate change is forcing governments, the business community and others to explore ways to immediately start addressing global warming.
With the release of the 2021 report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, one specific area of concern has been methane. Over a 20-year period, it is 80 times more powerful at warming the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, according to the U.N. Environment Programme.
One significant, addressable source of methane emissions is hydrocarbon-intensive operations such as oil and natural gas, chemical and power generation facilities, according to the International Energy Agency, which says that “reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations is among the most cost-effective and impactful actions that governments can take to achieve global climate goals.”
Continuous methane monitoring
To be clear, such operations do already work to prevent methane leaks today. However, the most common methods rely on manual inspections of equipment. Workers use handheld thermal cameras to inspect equipment during periodic inspections.
The obvious drawback to this approach is that a leak could occur directly after a check is completed, or otherwise missed, and go undetected, continuing to release harmful methane into the open air – and creating a safety hazard – until the next periodic check.
The best way to address such challenges is continuous monitoring for leak detection, the gold-standard method for detecting methane leaks as it provides 24/7 monitoring of site operations, alerting to leaks as soon as they are detectable.
Continuous monitoring technology has taken a significant step forward through the use of optical imaging. An example is the Honeywell Rebellion Gas Cloud Imaging System, which uses a proprietary hyperspectral imaging technology to capture both visible and infrared hyperspectral video to monitor, quantify and display gas leaks. With its video verification capabilities, invisible gasses like methane can be visible to site workers, making it clear where methane leaks are coming from so they can be addressed right away.
The system is currently being used globally in a variety of applications to help site personnel detect and address leaks in a manner that traditional, manual inspections simply cannot.
Meeting sustainability commitments
For these companies and others, using Rebellion technology has a dual benefit – helping them create safer operations with a lower environmental impact, as well as helping them meet sustainability commitments.
Many companies, including Honeywell, have made aggressive, measurable commitments to reduce their carbon footprints as a part of their corporate social responsibility plans. By investing in sustainable solutions such as continuous monitoring and continuous visual monitoring more specifically, companies with methane-intensive operations can take actions to be more efficient, more productive, and better suited to meet their business and social commitments.