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CoMAT – CATF’s Oil and Gas Country Methane Abatement Tool

CoMAT – CATF’s Country Methane Abatement Tool – empowers governments with the ability to estimate how much methane pollution they can reduce from their country’s oil and gas industries, even when they have limited information about the industry and its current emissions.

Check out our explainer video below to learn more.

Methane – the super pollutant problem

Scientists have recently highlighted the urgent need to reduce methane emissions from the fossil fuel sector, which are currently surging around the world. Anthropogenic methane emissions are responsible for half a degree Celsius of Earth’s warming today, and the oil and gas sector is among the largest sources of these emissions, globally. Methane emissions are 80x more damaging than carbon dioxide in the short term and reducing them is critical for our planet to stay within the 1.5 degree warming threshold. Around the world, more than 20 countries have already committed to finding pathways to reduce methane emissions from their oil and gas operations, and many more are beginning to follow in their footsteps.

A new tool that meets the methane challenge

It is proven that existing technologies and best maintenance practices can dramatically slash oil and gas methane emissions at low cost. Regulations are needed to ensure that all operators are following common sense measures to reduce emissions fast. However, designing regulations requires detailed understanding of emissions sources and reduction potential. At CATF we have discovered that compiling and analyzing this information can be a signigcant barrier for countries interested in moving policies forward to reduce methane pollution.

This is why our experts have developed a new Country Methane Abatement Tool (CoMAT) to make it easier for countries to estimate their oil and gas industry methane emissions and support an informed path towards reduction.

Explore CoMAT

Test out CoMAT and uncover the potential to reduce these invisible, harmful pollutants from your country’s oil and gas industry.

How does CoMAT work?

CoMAT is free to use and 100% customizable for any country. This tool works with the best available information and allows you to explore variables and specific policy options that will lead to emission reductions.

Here is how the tool works:

  • Start with general information about current oil and gas production and consumption in your country – or use projections for a future year.
  • Add in more detailed information about your oil and gas infrastructure: number of wells, compressor stations, miles of pipeline.
  • Tailor the equipment inventory already built into CoMAT based on your on-the-ground knowledge of oil and gas operations in your country. Any unavailable information can be estimated with the tool’s default parameters.
  • Add, edit, or remove fields to best reflect your country’s unique case. You can make estimates using purely default assumptions and change input parameters at a granular level, or anything in between.
  • Design your mitigation program: Once you’ve built an estimate for your country’s emissions, CoMAT will allow you to design your mitigation program tailored to your country’s specific sources of pollution using proven best practices.

CoMAT dashboards

Gain access to expert support

CATF’s experts are available and ready to collaborate and work closely with you, your government, civil society, other NGOs, and interested stakeholders throughout every step of the process — at no cost.

With our team by your side, you will be able to use this highly customizable tool to assess needs, inform policies and move forward effective solutions that lead to significant emission reductions today.

Let’s Get Started!

Are you ready to tackle the challenge of super pollutants?

Explore how CoMAT can help you develop a better understanding of your country’s methane emissions and explore how you can reduce them by using proven mitigation practices.

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Methane resources and helpful information

Our Work in International Oil and Gas

CATF’s global methane work seeks to significantly slash as well as prevent increases in methane emissions from oil and gas development. In countries where development is likely to begin or expand, CATF aims to ensure that environmental impacts are minimized through the application of modern technologies and practices and the regulatory knowledge developed over the last 20 years.

Learn more about our international oil and gas work

Oil and Gas Methane Mitigation Program

Compared to other climate change solutions, methane mitigation from the oil and gas sector is relatively cheap. Some measures actually save money, when the extra revenue from selling gas that would otherwise be released into the air is factored in.

Learn more about our methane mitigation program

Other Sources of Methane

While the oil and gas industry is the number one industrial source of methane pollution, reductions in other sectors are not only economically justified but absolutely necessary to realize necessary emission reductions. Substantial emissions also come from dams, coal mining operations, landfills, wastewater treatment, and manure management operations.

Learn more about other sources of methane