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June 12, 2024

SensorUp Submits MethaneML Charter to OGC for Enhancing Methane Data Interoperability with Emission Event Model

New Framework Aims to Standardize and Operationalize Methane Emissions Data

Calgary, Canada – June 12, 2024 – SensorUp, a leader in gas emissions management solutions, has submitted a charter to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) for the development of the Methane Emission Event Modeling Language (MethaneML), a pioneering framework designed to unify bottom-up and top-down methane emissions data. Supported by Natural Resources Canada, the University of Calgary, and Arizona State University, this charter addresses significant discrepancies in current methane measurement methodologies, aiming to enhance data accuracy and interoperability across the industry.

Accurate quantification and management of methane emissions are crucial for GreenHouse Gas (GHG) reduction and regulatory compliance. However, existing methods for estimating emissions—namely bottom-up and top-down approaches—often yield conflicting results, leading to inefficiencies and inaccuracies. MethaneML offers a foundational standardized framework to assimilate disparate and discrete measurement snapshots into a coherent and continuous emission event with a clear definition of the start time, end time, source feature, root cause, quantification results, and uncertainties. 

The Emission Event Model encompasses:

  • An Ontology and Unified Model Language (UML) for Emission Events
  • Data Models for related entities such as Methane Emissions Observations and Observing Procedures
  • Models to handle data uncertainty
  • JSON encodings and best practices for implementation

“A data foundation for methane emissions is necessary for timely and cost-efficient GHG reduction. A clearly defined ontology and data model is also a prerequisite to developing AI models for operationalizing emissions reductions. Submitting the MethaneML charter to the OGC is a significant step toward standardizing a data framework to reconcile heterogeneous emissions estimations and develop actionable AI predictions. We are seeking broad participation from stakeholders to refine and implement this currently missing data standard, ultimately enabling the industry to achieve the net-zero vision,” said Dr. Steve Liang, CTO of SensorUp, and Professor at the University of Calgary.

Why This is Important to the Oil and Gas Industry

MethaneML is designed for methane emissions from any source, including permafrost, agriculture, landfills, wastewater treatment, and oil and gas production and transmission. It will be particularly useful for the oil and gas industry, where the regulatory framework is the most advanced. MethaneML provides a robust framework that:

  • Reconcile discrepancies between different measurement approaches as required by regulations and voluntary initiatives 
  • Facilitates better and faster root cause analysis and mitigation strategies
  • Enables OGMP 2.0 and MiQ certification
  • Enables the development of advanced AI models for emissions reduction operationalization

MethaneML helps energy companies find and fix methane emissions quickly and cost-efficiently, effortlessly comply with regulations, and achieve the highest level of OGMP 2.0 and MiQ certification.

Call to Action

SensorUp invites all stakeholders, including environmental scientists, industry leaders, and regulatory bodies, to join the MethaneML working group and contribute to its further development and implementation. Attend the First Methane Summit, as part of the OGC TC '24 Montreal, held on June 17, 2024, to learn more and participate in shaping the future of methane emissions data interoperability.

For more information, please review the MethaneML charter presentation and consider joining OGC and becoming a charter member. Your involvement is crucial in driving forward this essential innovation for the industry.

For more information, contact info@sensorup.com.

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MethaneML Charter Submission Slides

About SensorUp Inc.

SensorUp, founded in 2014, is a leading provider of enterprise software for methane emissions Measurement, Reporting, Verification, and Repair (MRVR). SensorUp Gas Emissions Management Solutions is a game-changing platform explicitly designed for methane management programs in the oil and gas industry. The SensorUp platform, built on a NATO-awarded geospatial IoT platform, supports the latest methane measurement technologies and reconciliation protocols, offering superior control over emission management programs.

Headquartered in Calgary, Canada, SensorUp has been instrumental in shaping the global sensor web, pioneering key international sensor web standards for the United Nations' ITU-T and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). The company's innovative solutions drive value for operational and ESG teams, leading to a net-zero future in the oil and gas industry. For more information, visit www.sensorup.com.

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