The Saskatchewan Research Council has received a $350,000 grant from the Ministry of Energy and Resources (ER) to aid in the development of the Government of Saskatchewan's Emissions Inventory. SRC's Process Development team will begin this spring to compile information for the emissions inventory, which ER will use internally to help confirm and inform current and future emissions reductions from the upstream oil and gas sector.
The Saskatchewan Emissions Inventory is one of two initiatives created by the Province to support responsible energy production that enhance Saskatchewan-specific data and ensure the province remains one of the most sustainable energy producers in the world.
The Saskatchewan Emissions Inventory will further expand methane modelling and measurement in the province, while the Gas Commercialization Mapping (GCM) Service will highlight methane-concentrated areas and allow the energy sector to better plan and collaborate on scaled methane capture and commercialization projects, including with Crown utilities.
In a news release issued by the Province on March 14, 2022, ER Minister Bronwyn Eyre said, "These two initiatives will support Saskatchewan's already strong record on methane, which includes a reduction in emissions by 50 per cent five years ahead of schedule. We continue to ask the federal government to share its emissions data, which is gathered from other jurisdictions, such as Alberta or Texas, and broadly applied to Saskatchewan. These two provincial initiatives will help mitigate the negative impacts of these inaccurate representations."
ER will apply acquired data to generate a point-in-time database of Saskatchewan emissions information, a list of the larger sources of emissions to assist in determining economic options for emission reduction, a foundation for future, detailed emissions reporting, scenarios for zero-flaring infrastructure scenarios, and data on select industry equipment.