The issue of managing methane emissions has been a critical topic and focal point for the energy industry, policymakers and regulators. A primary component of natural gas, methane is also a more damaging greenhouse gas than CO2. With the boom in natural gas production, attention on properly managing methane leaks from wells, pipelines and the entire natural gas value chain has united focus on reducing its potent emissions while also limiting the waste of the resource being produced.
For the last two years, Mexico has been in the process of developing regulations to similarly manage the issue of methane emissions in the country’s burgeoning oil and gas sector. In late 2018, after years of study and development, Mexico published regulations that will curb methane emissions in the country’s oil and gas sector. The Mexican government received inputs from several environmental organizations as well as industry groups. The final result is a regulatory structure and set of norms that are groundbreaking for Latin America and positions Mexico as a leader on environmental policy and greenhouse gas emissions particularly pertaining to the oil and gas sector.
Join us for a webinar and discussion with <strong>Dr. Luis Vera</strong>, Executive Director of <a href=”https://www.gob.mx/asea”>Mexico’s Agency for Security, Energy and the Environment, ASEA</a>. Dr. Vera will share further insights from the development of the regulations for curbing and properly managing methane emissions in Mexico and early results from their efforts and key factors for other markets and countries to understand as they seek to develop their own regulations.
The webinar will be held Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00am San Diego (12:00 pm Mexico City time; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Dr. Vera’s formal presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.
On May 22-23 we hosted the XXVIII annual La Jolla Energy Conference. For readers of Panorama, it goes without saying that the month of May at the Institute of the Americas is synonymous with our annual La Jolla Energy Conference.
We continued with our restructured agenda this year and efforts aimed at greater audience participation and discussion, as well as a “deeper dive” on some of the most critical elements that cut across the entire energy sector. Issues such as lithium, safety in the energy sector, transparency and corruption, renewables and natural gas, cyber security, distributed generation, the costs of energy transition, how much oil for how long and a host of country-specific debates including Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Our traditional nightcap roundtable saw the largest turnout ever for a robust debate of what comes next in Venezuela, with an emphasis on the political and electoral outlook. But it wasn’t all work, and despite uncooperative weather, we enjoyed the marvelous views and outdoor ambiance that marks networking and sidebar discussions at the La Jolla Conference. We even squeezed in a teambuilding hike at Torrey Pines Reserve.
On the content side, the conference discussions reflected the immense amount of change across Latin America and what may be best termed an uncertainty rippling across the region and the energy sector. Indeed, the massive transformation coursing across the global energy sector continues to demand attention by policymakers, regulators, investors as does the broader macroeconomic outlook for several key markets.
We are admittedly partial but we feel this year’s discussions again served to foster high-level public-private dialogue on the future of the hemisphere’s energy sector. The La Jolla Conference remains the linchpin for the Institute of the Americas objective of serving as an honest broker of policy and investment debates surrounding the hemisphere’s most critical energy and sustainability issues.
Stay tuned for our La Jolla Conference report for further details. In the meantime, check out our sideline interviews with panelists and speakers, as well as the articles and stories derived from discussions at the La Jolla Conference.
This month’s webinar series featured a continuation of our discussion and analysis of lithium and a presentation aimed a demystifying the so-called Lithium Triangle and developments in the broader lithium market. Additionally, we were pleased to host a presentation of OLADE’s Energy Panorama and Outlook 2018 as part of our webinar series.
Finally, we are delighted to include Part 2 of the reports based upon our Argentina Energy Roundtable – Huge Energy Potential, Big Challenges.
From regional elections to the ongoing global energy transformation, important energy market developments in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico and the continuing crisis in Venezuela, this year’s discussions also included the future of the hemisphere’s energy sector.