Dec 2018 – Dec 2022

EDF Methane Satellite

To support EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) to develop and launch a new satellite to locate and measure methane emissions.

$4,900,000 Grant Value

$250,000 evaluation budget

Other funders

  • Multiple philanthropic funders

EDF is proposing to build a new satellite (MethaneSAT) specifically dedicated to pinpointing the location and magnitude of methane emissions from global oil and gas operations.

The MethaneSAT will quantify and publicly report ground-level methane emission rates. It will use high-precision sensors that can capture emissions and make that data public so that companies, donors, governments, and interested citizens have a clear understanding of the extent of emissions from these facilities, and thus the climate impacts.

Impact

MethaneSAT will help realise the goal of reducing global oil and gas methane emissions 45% by 2025, delivering the same 20-year climate benefit as closing a third of the world’s coal-fired power plants.