The Government has accepted all the recommendations in the report that assesses the potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from production of shale gas in the UK by Professor David Mackay, DECC Chief Scientific Advisor, and Dr Timothy Stone CBE, the former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
The Government has committed to:
- pursue a detailed scientific research programme to monitor emissions relating to shale gas exploration and production, to increase the evidence base and inform regulatory monitoring
- require shale firms to use the best technologies available to capture emissions from operations; and
- research with industry new techniques to minimise GHG emissions, water demand and vehicle movements