Stable methane emissions from India

Our study has found that India’s methane emissions have been stable and were not rising between 2010 and 2015.  This is in contrast to other countries such as China, where emissions have risen due to increased fossil fuel emissions, or the United States, where emissions may in fact be falling.  In addition, we have found that emissions are consistent with what has been reported by India to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change.  This has been a demonstration of the way that atmospheric measurement-based assessment of emissions offers a complimentary approach to standard reporting practices.

In this study, we used a combination of data from a satellite, GOSAT, aircraft and surface observations. This is described further in the University of Bristol’s new’s article as well as in follow-ups from the TelegraphTimes of India and the International Business Times.

India’s methane emissions between 2010 and 2015. Results of our study are in blue with India’s submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in black. Global inventories of India’s emissions are shown in orange.