It’s nearly impossible to know – at scale – the amount of total leakage in an area or pipe section even if you know where leaks are. Traditional, inventory-based emission factors are based on historical models known to be inaccurate. This results in frequent under-reporting of actual emissions reduced in pipe replacement projects.
Picarro’s solution enables emissions data to be taken rapidly at scale. Emissions reductions are easily quantified for individual construction projects as well as across the system. Large emitters, which frequently contribute disproportionately to emissions reduction goals, can be easily identified so they are remediated first as part of an informed and cost-effective emission reduction strategy.
- Emissions quantification data can be used for “methane mapping” to provide “heat maps” of emissions across large areas or along a pipeline sections to aid in repair vs. replace decisions.
- Emissions data measured along a pipeline that is ultimately replaced can be used as a proof point to regulators of exactly how much methane (and how many estimated leaks) were remediated through pipe replacement.
- Emissions measurements help utilities provide irrefutable evidence of achieving emissions reduction targets.
- For large-area emissions quantification, individual leak indications are not produced that would trigger a duty to investigate.
- For identifying high-emitting leaks, only leaks above targeted thresholds are flagged for investigation.