Energy services company Schlumberger announced today the launch of Schlumberger End-to-end Emissions Solutions (SEES), a new business offering a range of solutions to help energy companies eliminate methane and routine flare emissions from their operations.

Rapid reduction in methane emissions is seen as one of the most effective near-term actions that can be taken in order to help achieve the global climate goal to limit warming to 1.5°C. Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, with as much as 80x the warming power of CO2. Given its much shorter lifetime in the atmosphere, however (10-12 years, vs 50-100 years for CO2), near-term reductions in methane emissions can have a meaningful climate impact over the next few years.

At the COP26 conference in November, over 100 countries, representing 70% of the global economy launched the Global Methane Pledge with commitments to cut global methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030, compared to 2020 levels.

According to Schlumberger, methane and flare emissions account for more than 60% of direct Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions from the industry.

Demos Pafitis, Schlumberger Chief Technology Officer, said:

“We have created SEES specifically to help our customers deal with one of the most pressing issues of climate change: the urgent need to cut methane emissions. Due to its potency as a GHG and its major share of the industry’s overall operational emissions, tackling methane emissions will make a significant impact.”

SEES offers solutions to measure, monitor, report and eliminate methane and routine flare emissions, enabling operators to plan, track and act on emissions elimination strategies. Through the new platform, Schlumberger will screen measurement and abatement solutions to find the most cost-effective technology mix for any operator’s assets, provide operators with access to a range of solutions after the evaluation of multiple methane measurement technologies, and help companies take remedial action to eliminate the identified emissions.

Kahina Abdeli-Galinier, Schlumberger Emissions Business Director, said:

“The urgency of methane and flare challenges means emission detection, measurement, reporting and abatement approaches need to mature rapidly. To benefit the industry, SEES aspires to become the trusted partner for operators looking to reduce their emissions footprint quickly, credibly, and in the right way. To benefit the planet, our objective is to work with our customers to eliminate 1% of all anthropogenic GHG emissions by 2030.”