Global greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas are up to three times higher than fossil fuel polluters claim, new research warns.
Climate TRACE – an independent emissions tracking NGO – released a report today analysing the emissions of 72,612 individual sources of CO2.
It found that, of the 50 biggest polluters, half are oil and gas fields.
The authorities running these projects also often “significantly underestimate” their emissions impact.
Polluters are ‘greenwashing and cheating’ by under-reporting according to UN Secretary General António Guterres- with dangerous consequences.
“The climate crisis is in front of our eyes – but also hidden in plain sight. We have huge emissions gaps, finance gaps, adaptation gaps,” he said.
“But those gaps cannot be effectively addressed without plugging the data gaps. After all, it is impossible to effectively manage and control what we cannot measure.”

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