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Kayrros to launch global methane map at COP28

Kayrros analysis of Sentinel-5P data in 2019 and 2020. Credit Kayrros
Kayrros analysis of Sentinel-5P data in 2019 and 2020. Credit Kayrros

London, 30 November 2023.- Kayrros, a French environmental intelligence company, launched a free version of their Methane Map at COP28. It is an open-access, live map which draws insights from Kayrros’ Methane Watch product. With the new Methane Map, Kayrros aims to make climate data more accessible, and give governments, institutions, investors, insurers and individuals insights at every level, from regional overviews to specific facilities. 

The platform uses data from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-5P satellite and a sensor on the International Space Station to provide daily snapshots of the greenhouse gas. The map shows 5,645 methane super-emitters worldwide. From these 3,320 are from oil and gas, 874 from coal, and 1,451 from waste and agriculture. 

Kayross data is used by a number of global bodies, including the United Nations Environment Program’s International Methane Emissions Observatory. 

“We intend to increase access to climate data and increase the basic knowledge and understanding of the harm methane does and of the failure of many governments and organisations to report their emissions of it accurately,” said Antoine Rostand, President and co-founder of Kayrros. “Methane emissions can be addressed relatively easily. Doing so would have a huge impact. With COP28 on the horizon, and methane reduction as a key focus of the conference, we are taking advantage of increased public awareness of and interest in this devastating greenhouse gas.”

The company has called for an outright ban on super-emitters saying that rapid cuts in methane emissions from fossil fuels could lead to a reduction of 0.1°C in global temperature rise. 

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