Ministry of Mines and Energy. Bogota D.C. May 18th, 2018. The Ministry of Mines and Energy, led by the Office for Environmental and Social Affairs, has carried out a "Workshop on Regulatory Support for Reducing Methane Emissions" together with the Center for Clean Air Policy, with the objective of identifying the next possible steps for continuing to reduce fugitive emissions within the mining and energy sector, in order to comply with international guidelines. Fugitive emissions refer to the intentional or unintentional release of Greenhouse Effect Gases during the extracting processing or delivery of fossil fuels to final usage points.
The workshop included the participation of experts from the Clean Air Task Force, a non-profit organization from the United States dedicated to reducing contamination in the atmosphere by researching, promoting and collaborating with the private sector; another party in attendance was the Environment and Climate Change Canada NGO, which presented success stories regarding the regulation and reduction of methane emissions within the oil and gas sectors of countries such as U.S., Canada and Mexico. Other participants included representatives from entities and companies of the sector, who discussed the benefits of working towards the reduction of fugitive emissions as well as the best techniques and practices available for, in a joint fashion, achieving a significant emission reduction through the implementation of low cost actions.
This workshop is part of the effort made by the Ministry to guide the incorporation of mitigation measures against Greenhouse Effect Gases within the mining and energy sector, and it is also part of the development of the Comprehensive Plan for Climate Change Management of the Sector, which seeks to establish guidelines for implementing sector measures concerning adaptation and mitigation at the regional level.